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  • Black Plates are Back: California Legacy License Plates Go Into Production

Black Plates are Back: California Legacy License Plates Go Into Production

Jun 29, 2015
Restoring your F-100 or El Camino SS to a period-correct aesthetic just got a little easier, at least if you’re a resident of the state of California.
The Department of Motor Vehicles there just announced that Cali black plates would reenter production immediately, with motorists receiving their optional 1960s-vintage license tags in just a few weeks. The black plates, which were originally used from 1963 to 1969, can be ordered at a cost of $50 for any passenger vehicle or motorcycle, regardless of age, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Los Angeles Assemblyman Mike Gatto sponsored a program that would put legacy-style plates into owners’ hands back in 2012, and after 7,500 orders from state residents, the plates have been put into production. According to the Times, Gatto restored a Chevrolet Camaro once and wanted vintage-style plates for his car to keep it looking original.
The plates are made using the exact same molds as original black plates, and they’re even stamped in Folsom prison, where teams of prisoners made the plates back in the 1960s as well. The only difference between the old plates and the new ones is legally required reflective yellow paint on the ID number. The plates will also be personalizable, if the owner likes, for no additional charge.
Source: Los Angeles Times