Classic Car Number Plates

Below are just a few examples of the car registration plates we can manufacture.

If you can not see what you are looking for, please contact us and we will do our best to make the perfect plate for your needs.

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Hand Painted Plates 1849 - 1919

The Hand Painted plates are an aluminium backing with a stove enamel black paint applied. The registration number is painted by hand onto the backing plate in either White or Off White. We can offer many period correct fonts, so please get in touch for further examples.

Hand painted early car. Off White digits
hand painted plate with WHITE digits
CAST ALUMINIUM PLATE polished lettering. TIPPERS
SOLID CAST aluminium plates with BRUSHED metal finish

Solid Cast Aluminium Plates 1920's - 1930's

These are a solid cast aluminium plate, painted with a stove enamel black. The digits are hand polished or brushed in our factory. Cast Aluminium Plates became common in the 1920’s to mid-1930’s. Standard sizes were 21”x 5” and 12 x 9⅟4”. We have a few different options for these plates, so please contact us and we will guide you through the choices available.

Die Pressed Aluminium Plates 1930's - 1963

xDie Pressed Aluminium Plates were introduced in the early 1930’s. 16 gauge polished or brushed aluminium is embossed with the registration and then stove enamelled black. Up until 1963 registrations were a maximum of 6 digits at 3 ½” and had 21x5” plates or 11-14 x 9⅟4”. Embossed borders were an option on standard sizes. Many marques decided to use non-standard sizes such as Rolls Royce, Jaguar and Ferrari. We can manufacture plates to suit all of these vehicles using our period equipment. We have different options for these plates, so please contact us and we will guide you through the choices available.

EMBOSSED PRE 63 period registration plate POLISHED
Embossed aluminium polished plate PRE 63 period correct digits
GOTHIC digits in polished with border embossed
WHITE GOTHICS on bevelled edge backing plate

Gothic Aluminium Plates 1950's

Tippers are the only supplier of original Gothic aluminium digits. We can offer these in a painted stove enamel white, or our popular hand polished finish. These are 3.1/2" digits, making them period correct for vehicles between the 50's and early 60's.

Plastic Digit Plates

We can offer plastic digits for your number plates. These are available in 3.1/8" or 3.1/2" dependent on the year of your vehicle. Digit Plates were first introduced to mimic the cast plates with flat or oval digits, but then manufacturers changed to peaked and then trapezoidal profiled digits. Initially made in cast aluminium, by the 1960’s these were replaced with injection moulded plastic. They can be painted in White, Off White or Silver and will suit most standard size aluminium plates.

Raised white plastic digits on LOTUS bevel plate
LOTUS ELAN GRILL DIGITS. White plastic, star washer held
ROVER P5 rear plate with raised silver plastic digits 3.1/2
MG with embossed aluminium plate BRUSHED FINISH
EMBOSSED aluminium plate with border and polished period digits
BRUSHED metal embossed plate MG7
BRUSHED aluminium plate with border

Die Pressed Aluminium Plates 1964 - 1973 (now 1979)

Die Pressed Aluminium Plates were introduced in the early 1930’s. 16 gauge polished or brushed aluminium is embossed with the registration and then stove enamelled black. Plates were generally 20½ x 4½ or 11 ¾ x 8⅜ using the 3.1/8" digit. Many marques decided to use non-standard sizes such as Rolls Royce, Jaguar and Ferrari. We can manufacture plates to suit all of these vehicles using our period equipment. We have different options for these plates, so please contact us and we will guide you through the choices available.

Below are some examples of the brushed aluminium for the plain or older look.

Import Vehicles

US, Italian and most imported cars often require special sized plates to fit within the bodywork or pre-existing frames. Typically the imported vehicles use the smaller motorcycle 2½" digits. We can manufatcure these in the Die Pressed Aluminium or the rare import size plastic characters (subject to stock levels).

Ford mustang USA inport. 12
Small Italian import plate with 45mm digits embossed
Small Italian 11
IMPORT SIZE PLATES with border and polished finish
MIRRORLINE IMPORT PLATE WITH HYPHENS
UK REGISTRATION SILVERLINE engraved digits. acrylic backed
Mirrorline engraved with hyphens. French import

Mirrorline "Hand Engraved Plates"

Reverse Engraved Acrylic Plates were developed in the early 1970’s and feature the registration being engraved into the black backing of the plate. This allows the material on the reverse (polished or brushed aluminium) to be seen through the clear acrylic. These plates use the 3.1/8" size character for most vehicles, however we can manufacture the plates to almost any size including Motorcycles and Imports.