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Oregon Plates
#627455 Tue Mar 09 2010 10:46 PM
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The state of Oregon is re-issueing the old "Pacific Wonderland" license plates common in the '50's and '60's. The run is only 40,000.

It just so happened that the tags were due on my '60 so I went down and purchased the new plates and tags today. The plates are nice. The guy at the DMV told me they are painted with 4 coats instead of the usual 1 coat on regular plates. They look good!

They cost $100 which goes to Oregon historical society and an extra $23 for the materials that go into the plates. The DMV guy also said it's a one time cost for the plates and I can keep them forever and transfer them to another vehicle in the future if wanted for $6.

http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/DMV/vehicle/pacific_wonderland.shtml

Last edited by Iron Clad; Tue Mar 09 2010 11:09 PM.
Re: Oregon Plates
Iron Clad #627474 Tue Mar 09 2010 11:54 PM
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Those look good, but I like old blue ones better. I bet they will be gone pretty quick.


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Re: Oregon Plates
magfarm51 #627478 Wed Mar 10 2010 12:00 AM
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I was actually thinking of looking for some originals at the upcoming Portland swap meet, but I just couldn't resist when I went to the DMV this morning. I believe I got off a little cheaper with these new ones, restored originals are a little more expensive.

Re: Oregon Plates
Iron Clad #627482 Wed Mar 10 2010 12:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Iron Clad
I was actually thinking of looking for some originals at the upcoming Portland swap meet, but I just couldn't resist when I went to the DMV this morning. I believe I got off a little cheaper with these new ones, restored originals are a little more expensive.


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The Pacific Wonderland plate will be available for purchase on March 1, 2010, at all DMV field offices and through the mail at DMV headquarters. Because of the special plate configuration issued to the Pacific Wonderland plate, the plates will only be issued to regular passenger vehicles (no custom, ham, motor home, recreational trailer, light trailer, heavy trailer, motorcycle, moped, low-speed, truck, etc.).
Doesn't that apply to your truck too?

Re: Oregon Plates
GMONIZ #627489 Wed Mar 10 2010 12:51 AM
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Well, they must be talking about commercial trucks I guess. I didn't have a problem getting my plates. I have a feeling pickup trucks are considered passenger vehicles in Oregon.

Re: Oregon Plates
Iron Clad #627705 Wed Mar 10 2010 06:51 PM
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Light trucks are considered passenger vehicles in Oregon. I got a set for my '50 on the day they came out. Not period correct, (Oregon had the original "Pacific Wonderland" plates from 58 to 63 for the 100 year anniversary of the state. These re-issues are for the 150 year anniversary) but I like the way they look on the truck. The plate background color is close to the Mariner Blue the truck is painted. The original plates have the "Pacific Wonderland" stamped into the plate, the new ones it is painted on. Pretty darn cool though. A legislator who shares the passion for vintage cars got this passed last session, (last bill passed I believe.) Finally, the legislature does something I can believe in.


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Re: Oregon Plates
Nifty 50 #627712 Wed Mar 10 2010 07:10 PM
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Cool, thanks for the heads up. My plates are yellow, and are all beat to heck to boot. I'll look into the new ones.



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Re: Oregon Plates
enigmaT120 #627729 Wed Mar 10 2010 09:40 PM
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Your welcome. Ya, I wanted to let fellow Oregonians know before they run out. Something different for the truck.

Re: Oregon Plates
Iron Clad #627747 Wed Mar 10 2010 10:36 PM
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That is really cool! I wish Washington would do something like that. Could be a way to get some much needed revenue without raising taxes.....

Re: Oregon Plates
ErikDaViking #627840 Thu Mar 11 2010 04:04 AM
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Nifty 50...I didn't even know about the new plates until I went in to get tags. I don't watch the news any more though, tired of hearing all the crap!

Luck me that the tags expired just in time.

Erik, you could try to find some vintage WA. plates at the upcoming Portland swap meet, there is always vendors there who sells and or restores them.

Ed, I hope you get a chance to purchase a set! They will look good on your '58!

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