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Here is a sign writing project for an early 1950 land rover number plate. This trailer will be towed behind a 1950's Land Rover Series 1.

Modern registration plates use the Charles Wright font, this is compulsory on modern plates and use 3⅛ inch letters, but this size is not right for older vehicles, they should be painted with letters and numbers each 3½ inches high .

For hand painted plates there were probably as many fonts or styles used for letters as there were manufacturers of plates, it was all down to the preference of the local signwriter that the dealership used when they first sold and prepared the vehicle for the first customer.

Here we have used a derivative of the early font or style used by the famed "Ace" number plate manufacturer in the 1950's. Each digit is 3½ inches high by 2½ inches wide with the correct spacing.

Note the serif on the 1 and the drop line on the G, research on this shows these details are sometimes included or left out (sans serif). Small note, the nice cast letter reproduction ACE plates available today are sans serif on the 1 and no drop line on the G.

Picture below shows another letter and number layout on the black background ready for painting. Once complete, each character is varnished with signwriting exterior grade varnish to protect the work.

Laying out the letters and numbers ready for the white paintLaying out the letters and numbers ready for the white paint

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1951 Landrover

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1951 Landrover

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