HISTORIC MOTORCYCLE This type was issued in 1976 - see the story below.
1976 - 1978Q1 - Q300(?)
I recently heard from Gerry Lyons - a member of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America, and the owner of plate # Q1.
He shared his story of the issuance of historic motorcycle plates (the 'Q' plates) with me...

NJ historic plates for motorcycles weren't issued as a matter of course in 1964 when the "QQ" auto plates came into being.   It's actually quite a story, how individual NJ owners of antique motorcycles had to band together and petition the NJ DMV in Trenton with multiple requests and a voluminous correspondence between 1974 and 1976, when the Director finally relented and issued "Q" plates for our 25 year-old motorcycles.

Before that time, individual applications for Historic motorcycle plates were routinely denied, using specious reasons, like "the word 'Historic' would be so small on a cycle plate as to be illegible" and "there is no provision in the law for Historic plates for motorcycles".   Learning of this, I went to a Camden County library in 1974 and looked up the law.   That was all it took.   I contacted other NJ members of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America I knew, and we organized Seaboard Chapter of the AMCA for the express purpose of winning the plates ... and it took us almost two years to wear down the resistance of the Assistant DMV Director.

The first issuance [of the "Q" plates] was timed to coincide with the Bicentennial in 1976, and I was voted "Q1" by the other founders of Seaboard Chapter when the time came to order the first twenty "Q" plates for a $15 surcharge.

--Gerry Lyons   (a.k.a. 'Sarge' on the CAIMag.com forum ... and here is one of his posts which re-tells the story of the "Q" plates.)


A picture (and the story) of Gerry's 1937 Harley that received the Q1 plate in 1976 can be seen on Gerry's web site.

I also corresponded with Joe Burkel - the owner of Q6 - who was also one of the original recipients of the 'Q' plates !


New Jersey Historic Motorcycle License Plate

1976Gerry Lyons
New Jersey Historic Motorcycle License Plate

1976Joe Burkel
New Jersey Historic Motorcycle License Plate

1976Lee Madigan
New Jersey Historic Motorcycle License Plate

c.1978Mike Wiener
New Jersey Historic Motorcycle License Plate

c.1978flickr
New Jersey Historic Motorcycle License Plate


Here are some motorcycle samples from the files of an issue of PL8S Magazine (by Drew Steitz) published back in the 1990's.

New Jersey Historic Motorcycle License Plate

New Jersey Historic Motorcycle License Plate

New Jersey Historic Motorcycle License Plate

New Jersey Historic Motorcycle License Plate


1979 BASEQ300(?) - Q499
Q500 - Q600(?)
Gerry Lyons also got the Q1 plate remade when the blue plates were issued.
The picture below is from Gerry - a Q1 which he received without the legend on the top.
(He kept this one, and he also has the correct blue Q1 with HISTORIC on it.)

Gerry Lyons
New Jersey Historic Motorcycle License Plate



I photographed a DIFFERENT blue Q1 plate which was displayed at the ALPCA National Convention in Erie, PA in 2009.
This one had a note taped to the back of it, which is now quite questionable...

Bill Krellner
New Jersey Historic Motorcycle License Plate

Back of the plate:
New Jersey Historic Motorcycle License Plate



1979 BASE
New Jersey Historic Motorcycle License Plate

1979 BASERoy Klotz
New Jersey Historic Motorcycle License Plate

1979 BASEflickr
New Jersey Historic Motorcycle License Plate

1979 BASE
New Jersey Historic Motorcycle License Plate

1979 BASEMike Wiener
New Jersey Historic Motorcycle License Plate


The standard 7 x 4 size was adopted in 1990, starting at number Q500.

1990Mike Wiener
New Jersey Historic Motorcycle License Plate

1990 PROTOTYPE
New Jersey Historic Motorcycle License Plate

1992 BASEQ600(?) - Q2500(?)

1992
Jeff Fazekas
New Jersey Historic Motorcycle License Plate

1992 BASE
Mike Wiener
New Jersey Historic Motorcycle License Plate

1992 BASE
New Jersey Historic Motorcycle License Plate

1992 BASE
New Jersey Historic Motorcycle License Plate

1992 BASE
New Jersey Historic Motorcycle License Plate

1992 BASE
Jeff Fazekas
New Jersey Historic Motorcycle License Plate

2000's
New Jersey Historic Motorcycle License Plate

2000's

2000's
New Jersey Historic Motorcycle License Plate

2000's
New Jersey Historic Motorcycle License Plate

2000's
New Jersey Historic Motorcycle License Plate

AVERY BASE
3M2 BASE
Q2500(?) - Q7000(?)


New Jersey Historic Motorcycle License Plate

c.2005
New Jersey Historic Motorcycle License Plate

c.2005
New Jersey Historic Motorcycle License Plate

c.2005
New Jersey Historic Motorcycle License Plate

c.2008
New Jersey Historic Motorcycle License Plate

c.2008
New Jersey Historic Motorcycle License Plate

c.2009
New Jersey Historic Motorcycle License Plate

2010
New Jersey Historic Motorcycle License Plate

c.2012
New Jersey Historic Motorcycle License Plate

c.2012
New Jersey Historic Motorcycle License Plate


The HELIX base started between Q5177 and Q5507.

c.2013Jack Hollingsworth
New Jersey Historic Motorcycle License Plate

c.2013Gerry Lyons
New Jersey Historic Motorcycle License Plate

c.2014Jack Hollingsworth
New Jersey Historic Motorcycle License Plate

FLAT BASEQ7000(?) -

2017Jack Hollingsworth
New Jersey Historic Motorcycle License Plate

2018
New Jersey Historic Motorcycle License Plate