Our Classic Number Plates
Below are only a few examples of the styles of plates we can manufacture.
If you can not see what you are looking for, contact us and we will do our best to make the perfect plate for your needs.
Hand Painted Plates 1849 - 1919
These are an aluminium backing plate painted black, with the registration hand painted onto the plate in either White or Off White.
There are many different fonts we can offer, so it is always best to contact us to find the one that is right for you.
Cast Plates 1920's - 1930's
These are a solid cast plate, painted black, the digits are then hand polished. Cast Aluminium Plates became common in the period of 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 choices available.
Die Pressed Aluminium Plates 1930's - 1963
Die Pressed Aluminium Plates were introduced in the early 1930’s. 16 gauge polished aluminium is embossed with the registration and then stove enamelled. 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 have different options available for this style of plate, so please get in touch if you require different to the image below.
Gothic Aluminium Plates 1950's
Tippers are the only supplier of original Gothic digits. We can offer these in a painted white, or our 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 white or silver, and will fit onto most standard size plates.
Die Pressed Aluminium Plates 1964 - 1973 (now 1979)
Die Pressed Aluminium Plates were introduced in the early 1930’s. 16 gauge polished aluminium is embossed with the registration and then stove enamelled. Embossed borders were an option on standard sizes. Many marques decided to use non-standard sizes such as Rolls Royce, Jaguar and Ferrari. Plates were generally 20½ x 4½ or 11 ¾ x 8⅜ using the 3.1/8" digit.
We have different options available for this style of plate, so please get in touch if you require something different to what is shown below.
US and Italian cars often require special sized plates to fit with in bodywork or frames that use the motorcycle 2½" digits
Mirrorline "Hand Engraved Plates"
Reverse Engraved Acrylic Plates were developed in the early 1970’s and feature the registration engraved into the black backing of the plate thus allowing the backing material of either polished or brushed aluminium to be seen through the clear acrylic.
These plates use the 3.1/8" size character for most vehicles.
We are able to use smaller digits for these plates, meaning they can be used on smaller cars, motorcycles and scooters.