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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 Used to 1969
Click to see this type in useDealer plates were first issued in 1907, in reverse colors with a 'D' suffix.

I am not sure when the distinction was made between "New Car Dealer" and "Used Car Dealer", but I would imagine it was sometime around 1932, when 'D' prefixes came into use alongside 'X' prefixes.
Before long, they reached "D" dealer 999, and introduced a "Q" prefix.

"Used Dlr" was spelled out for the first time in 1942. With the reflective 1949 plates, just the caption "Used" appeared on the plates.

1954 marked a return to "Used Dlr", and the new longer plates meant the end of the "Q" prefix. Q-series numbers were remade as "D" numbers, with 1000 added to the old "Q" number.

For 1958, standard-sized 6x12 plates were issued, in white on blue. Beginning in 1961, the date was embossed in in the corner of the plate, and the colors reversed every year - white on blue for even years and blue on white for odd.


1938 1939
1938 1939
   
1941 1942
1941
The official distinction between 'New Dlr' and 'Used Dlr' was spelled out on the plates starting in 1942. Corner date tabs were used through 1948
 
1942
   
1950  
1950. This design, an aluminum plate with reflective yellow scotchlite, came into use for the 1949 expirations. These plates held up very poorly.  
   
1951 1952
1951 1952
After reaching used dealer number D 999, they went to a 'Q' prefix.
   
1953 1953
Perhaps realizing how poorly the reflectorized plates held up, plain, painted steel plates were used for 1952 and 1953. Another 1953
   
1954 1955
1954
Larger plates which could accommodate 4 numbers were used for 1954 and 1955.
1955
With the larger plates, the former 'Q' prefix plates were remade into the 'D' series, but with 1000 added to the number. Thus, the Q/B 118 above and this D/D 1118 are from the same dealer.
   
1956 1957
1956 Typically the 1956 plates were revalidated with a '57 tab. It appears that new plates issued in 1957 were still in the old style but had the embossed year omitted.
   
1958  
1958
With the standardized plate size introduced in 1957, dealer plates followed suit. Tabs were used for 1958.
 
   
1959 1960
1959
Embossed date, with tab slots for the 1960 tab.
1960
   
1961  1962
1961
Dealer plates were one of the few dated types in 1961 in Connecticut.
1962
Tab slots are gone, and the colors now reverse every year.
   
1963 1964
1963 1964
   
1965 1966
1965 1966
   
1967 1968
1967 1968
Most 1968 Dealer and Repair plates are terribly rusty. This one isn't, only because it was never used and is still in its original plastic wrapping.
   
1969  
1969  
   
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