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Illustrated History of Connecticut License Plates
Joe Wasielewski - ALPCA Member 6996
All-Terrain
Ambulance
Amateur Radio
Apportioned
Boat Ramp
Bus
Camp Trailer to 1957
Camp Trailer 1958-
Camper
Classic Vehicle
Combination 1
Combination 2
Commercial to 1957
Commercial 1958-
Common
Construction
Dealer Motorcycle
Dealer New to 1969
Dealer New 1970-1989
Dealer New 1990-
Dealer Spec. Equip.
Dealer Used to 1969
Dealer Used 1970-1989
Dealer Used 1990-
Dismantler
Early American
Error Plates
Exp. Test
Factory
Farm
Fire Apparatus
Fish
Foreign Consul
Gasoline
Handicapped
Hearse
High Mileage Veh.
Interstate
Junk
Livery
Marine Trailer
M.F.G.
Military
Miscellaneous/Local
Motorcycle
Municipal
M.V. Dept
Parade
Permits
Political - State
Political - US
POW
Prototype
PUC
Repair to 1969
Repair 1970-
Sample
School Bus
Service Bus
Snowmobile
Special Equipment
Sphinx
State
Student Transport
Taxi
Temp. Metal Plates
Temp. Non-Passenger
Temp. Pass.
Temp. Reg. Certificate
Toll
Trailer
Trans.
Vanpool
Veteran
Volunteer Firefighter
Wrecker
Dealer New 1970-1989
Click to see this type in useThese plates are issued to new car dealers who are operating under a manufacturer's or importer's contract.

The plates are to be used for demonstrating new vehicles, on vehicles picking-up or delivering parts, or loaned to a purchaser while a pending registration is being processed. Full-time dealership employees are also allowed use of these plates for personal use.


Starting in 1961, dealer plates became annual issues - the plates were replaced every year. The colors were blue on white for odd years, and white on blue for even years. This practice continued through 1980. The year of expiration was stamped into the plate.

In 1980, the white on blue plates had reflectorized numbers. In 1981, instead of replacing the plates as usual, a decal was used to validate the plates through 2/82. Decals were used in some form through the 1997 expirations, on several different bases.

 
Help us! We're working on compiling a list relating new car dealer numbers to specific dealerships. Take a look at where we are now.

Also, I thought it would be neat to line up all of my one- and two- digit new car dealer plates. I don't have many yet, but if you have one I need which you'd like to sell or trade, let me know!
See them here.


1970 1971
1970 1971
   
1972 1973
1972 1973
   
1974 1975
1974 1975
   
1976 1976
1976 1976, with the narrow dies which generally didn't come into use until the '77 expiration plates
   
1977 1978
1977 1978
   
1979 1980
1979 1980
Starting with the 1980 plates, reflectorization was added to the numbers
   
1982 1983
1982
There were no 1981 expirations. Decals were used on the 1980 plates through 1984.
1983
   
 1984 1985 
1984 1985
New plates were issued with reversed colors, to be used through 1987.
   
 1986  1987
1986
Starting with the 1986 decals, New Car Dealer plates had differently colored decals from Used Car Dealer plates.
1987
Colors were reversed again. These plates saw much more use than the last few series - they were used through 1997.
   
 1988  1989
1988 1989
   
   
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