I've got the original California plate from 1968. It's a black plate with yellow letters, and I wouldn't change it for the world. I've found that I get more comments on it then I do the actual car! [remember the car isn't painted yet] I love confusing people with the 68 cougar too. People ask, "where are the headlights?" Then I show that the headlight doors open. People say, "where do you fill it up?" then I show them that trick fold down plate. And they say "wow what kinda plate is that?" It's so awesome you just gotta love cougars! --Chad
Well, that's what Ohio calls its personalized plates.
Now, until a couple of years ago, my 'Alpha' cat wore COUGRR. I got those plates in 83 and renewed them every year since then even though the car has been in pieces since 1985! $60 a year for a car I couldn't even drive just so I could hold on to the plate.
Then, lo and behold, 12 years later, Ohio decided that my 73 Cougar, now almost 25 years old, needed an emmission test. Cars over 25 years old are exempt. No way to get a test with the car in pieces so I had to forfiet the plates. Now somebody else has 'my' plate. Grrr The worst thing is, that I can't even get another plate until the car passes a State vehicle inspection since it has been unregistered for more than a year. I will have to make a list of possible plates for the day if I ever get it together again.
My wife's 70 Mach 1 wears EQUUS, which is Latin for horse. My buddy's 73 Mustang convert wears 351 CJ, and his Boss 429 has 429 HP.
The plate for my '69 was just ordered - ELEANOR.
It's from the Toby Halicki "Gone in 60 Seconds" flick from the seventies (what a chase scene). Just like the Mach 1 in the movie, it took me forever to find the right car, with plenty of trauma along the way! Pretty obscure, I guess.
My daily driver Mazda Rx-7 reads, MADZRTI.
Just my own "Car-and-Driver-esque" rambling.