About The South African Number Plate Museum

► History of the Museum

 All the number plates are donated by car wash customers since September 2015. Including car dealerships, Scrap Yards, Individual people, ETC. None are bought, none are stolen.

The car wash is attempting to break the guiness book of world records of +- 12000 number plates. If you see an unwanted number plate anywhere. Please be so kind to drop it here.

Thank you!

► History of the Number Plate

Number Plates are the result of one of the greatest steps forward by humankind; that being the invention of the automobile.

Karl Benz from Germany developed a one-cylinder two-stroke stationary gasoline engine which ran for the first time on New Years eve 1879.

Many historians suggested that Karl Benz created the first true automobile in 1885/1886.

The automobile industry grew and boomed like no other industry had ever done before.

In the USA the Ford Motor Company was founded by Henry Ford on June 16th 1903, serius production of vehicles taking place on both sides of the Atlantic ocean, hence the need to identify the vehicles…

Everybody said Welcome to the NUMBER PLATE.

Identifying the first Number Plate ever is impossible because they were not issued by Government Agencies, they were hand painted by the owners of the vehicles using their own initials and numbers. Substrates used were leather, Rubber, Steel, Porcelain and Wood.

The French Government was the first to formally introduce the Number Plate with the passage of the Paris Police Ordinance on August 14th 1893.