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Number plates... Old font...


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Post Wed Apr 30, 2003 8:43 pm

Number plates... Old font...

Need to recreate an old number plate.

Does anyone know the exact font that was used before the new ones cam out?

If they do, can they send it to


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Anyone ..... :(

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Post Thu May 01, 2003 6:13 pm

Sorry Gav never had it :(

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Post Thu May 01, 2003 7:45 pm

Gavin, I found it by doing a search on the net, I can't remember what it was called but I do remember you had to buy it and it wasn't worth me buying it for what I needed. We have always just used a block font for plates in the past something like ariel bold and we have never had any problems. You could scan the old plate and vectorise it if you had to. Shouldn't take more than a few mins to edit.

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Post Thu May 01, 2003 8:48 pm

Hi Gav
If you look here; ... onalplates under ‘TRADITIONAL NUMBER PLATES’ you will find that it’s not necessary to use a particular font but it must be of the right dimensions, this goes back to when they were hand written.

You may find this interesting if you’re talking old;


It comes from the 31st edition of ‘The Motor Manual’ published in January 1941 price 3 shillings net.

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Post Fri May 02, 2003 12:01 am

I always use to follow the above guide for the old style plates, using a standard font like Transport or Helvatica.

Has anyone got a copy of the new DVLA font while were on the subject?

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