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#1 OFFLINE   Marty

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Posted 11 December 2006 - 08:17 PM

Anyone know where the hell I can get some done in that sort of weird computerised like font that kept cropping up in the 70's and 80's? Been Googling all evening, but to no joy.

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Posted 11 December 2006 - 08:40 PM

I think they are referred to as 'serck' plates or something.Not that googling that will give you any joy.

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Posted 11 December 2006 - 09:01 PM

Tippers used to do them I think

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Posted 11 December 2006 - 11:57 PM

Anyone know where the hell I can get some done in that sort of weird computerised like font that kept cropping up in the 70's and 80's? Been Googling all evening, but to no joy.

You mean like this?

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If so then I'd like to know too, there's a 55-reg Cayenne I've seen a couple of times locally with (mis-spaced) plates in this font - laminated plastic not pressed steel as I'd prefer - so someone must still be able to make 'em. Seem to be quite a lot of vehicles around T-W suffix with metal plates of this style and of course the bus companies/hauliers/councils etc preferred them to placcy ones on account of they'd last a bit longer.

Otherwise, any decent graphics firm should be able to replicate them :)

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Posted 12 December 2006 - 07:56 AM

You mean like this?

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Exactly like that.
Emailed a bloke called Steve Frampton, he says its "Serck", but not been avail for a Loooooooong time.
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Posted 12 December 2006 - 02:11 PM

Rubbish.There must be plenty of places have still got the equipment for making them - in the case of steel ones, the plates themselves are still obtainable and I presume that they went in a machine with the relevant letter punches lined up to the prescribed dimensions.I can see a market for this sort of thing as more 1980s cars get put through restoration - there's NOTHING worse than a 100% factory condition classic with every detail as it left the showroom, wearing horrible modern post-2001 style plates.Closest I've got to nailing down an actual producer of said plates is that the Wadham Stringer bus bodybuilder near Portsmouth attached them to vehicles it constructed up to D-reg at least - there's still a coachbuilder factory there under a different name so the machinery *may* still exist in a dusty corner to create them. Long shot but worth a try maybe!

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Posted 12 December 2006 - 04:55 PM

There are proper eBay sellers / vendors whose only line of business is number plates. I attached one of these said sellers to my favourite sellers list on eBay so I can keep track of them because at some point in the future I would like some old style metal plates made up for my R14. Pretty sure they are an 'any style, any colour' plates business (legal), but I'll check them out for you. If it looks like they do your type I'll post their business / shop name for you.

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Posted 13 December 2006 - 10:12 PM

My Charmant has those plates, I think they're ace!

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However, here's a pointlessly tough request - I would like a pair in tin, in the same font but smaller so they can fit into a Japanese size rectangle plate (not square). With a border round it the same. Go on, do that. Go on!

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Posted 13 December 2006 - 10:19 PM

That's a challenge - I'd start by searching to see if there's any countries use tin plates of the size and colour you require and source some blanks. Then (if it was me) would try to replicate the characters using the relevant stroke width and spacing, in matt black vinyl.However - there must be places that make up house number/name plates and suchlike that could probably fabricate what you're looking for. Otherwise, looks like it's laminated plastic!As it is, I think I'm gonna have a go using the self-adhesive plate backings that the local trailer accessories store sells at about a fiver each, then get a graphics firm to produce individual "Serck-style" (for that is what we have now defined them as) digits to the precise size :) Results will be posted here in due course :D

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Posted 17 December 2006 - 08:24 PM

I had a set of these computer digit style plates made up in 2002 for a sierra I had.. Serck Marston make (or made) them... the local branch is gone now.. not sure if the company still exists? If anyone finds a place to do that style let me know, always liked it.

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Posted 17 December 2006 - 08:39 PM

According to the Internet there's a Serck Marston about 5 minutes away from me but I've never seen it!http://www.serckinte....uk/plates1.htm

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Posted 19 December 2006 - 01:53 PM

i've been looking for a supplier of these plates for a long time. ANyone had any luck yet?

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Posted 19 December 2006 - 07:44 PM

If I'm passing sometime and the place exists, I will pop in and make enquiries!

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Posted 15 April 2007 - 12:26 PM

Just thought I'd let everyone know that I stumbled across a wonderful local number plate manufacturer last week that are still able to produce the "Bestplate" style in both laminated plastic (below) and pressed steel:

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They also reckoned they could still source the type with tin backing plate and plastic raised characters. I'm hoping to return soon so as I can get a couple pairs made up for myself and will be happy to buy for others or can pass on contact details via private message :)

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Posted 16 April 2007 - 10:05 AM

What is the 'bestplate' style? Is that the older slightly wider font?

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Posted 16 April 2007 - 07:43 PM

What is the 'bestplate' style? Is that the older slightly wider font?

Mmm. That'd be good if that were the case... One of my Honda's looks daft cos of the new font plates that are on it.

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Posted 30 June 2007 - 04:41 PM

Good news for anybody wanting this style of plate - found a place that can produce them in laminated plastic. Forgot to ask if they could do them punched steel, doh. They refer to the font as "EuroStyle" and charge £30 a pair, which I think is a bit steep but on the upside they won't ask for a V5 as these are considered to be "show plates". :?

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Posted 30 June 2007 - 05:55 PM

they would look cool on my supersport....

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Posted 30 June 2007 - 06:17 PM

That's pretty smart, I see them all the time on a car near my work and it was bothering me! They're like Serck ones but not quite! Nice in their own way though.

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Posted 24 October 2007 - 09:11 PM

Just dragged this up to mention this place: http://www.pl8s.co.uk/They seem to offer quite a huge range! No metal Serck plates (will this wish ever be fulfilled?), but there's some more conventional pressed plates as well as those bonkers "plastic letters" type ones.

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Posted 30 January 2012 - 10:41 PM

Is anyone any nearer finding some Serck-a-likes?
Even the font to produce some acrylic ones would be a start....
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Posted 30 January 2012 - 10:46 PM

Is anyone any nearer finding some Serck-a-likes?
Even the font to produce some acrylic ones would be a start....


Yeah, there's a place I use on eBay called 'designaplate'. Bol has used them too. Very cheap and excellent service - all in steel. I replaced the HORRIBLE plates on the 305 with a set.

http://myworld.ebay....984.m1439.l2754

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Posted 30 January 2012 - 10:49 PM

Cor, excellent! BX has a nice tin front number plate, that's falling a part a bit. Rear one is miserable placca. One day, I shall buy new plates for it (may need to focus on making the many broken things less broken first!).

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Posted 31 January 2012 - 12:38 AM

The 604's nice shiny new front plate is the same type as Jon's. As it replaced a proper SERCK it had to be as close as possible.

Original (battered) SERCK.

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Without finding a SERCK plate making machine and running up a batch, I think that's about as close as it'll get.

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Posted 31 January 2012 - 08:30 AM

I thought the SERCK "4"'s were a more open type of design...
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Posted 31 January 2012 - 09:21 AM

Wow, last time I posted in this thread I was still living in Leicester!

The company I mentioned can still supply a SERCK-alike in plastic though. Their current website is here:

http://www.a1showpla... ... ow&submit=

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The font you want is 'Euro Style'. I did get a pair made up by them a couple of years back and they're pretty good.

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Posted 31 January 2012 - 11:45 AM

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 12:53 PM

I've had loads off that designaplate guy, theyre a great buy I reckon.

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 03:14 PM

Looking to try that http://www.dealerplates.co.uk site as my Sterling has an original dealer plate oin the front, but the rear plate has been changed for one of those 'modern' EU flag/GB plates. Anyone dealt with dealerplates.co.uk before?
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Posted 01 February 2012 - 04:10 PM

I had a plate of dealerplates last year, They do a pretty good job, it's not 100% perfect but not bad, Quick delivery as well.

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