VEHICLE MANUFACTURER 1905-1925
This type was initially issued for use by both manufacturers and dealers.
In 1916, dealers started using the "D" prefix, and manufacturers continued with "M".
Manufacturer plates first became available on June 1, 1905.
PRESTATE 1905-1908M 00
Manufacturer plates were issued in the pre-state era using "M" and a serial number.
(from the picture at top right)
Reversed format?Chuck Westphal
1908-1925 000 M
From 1908 to 1915, manufacturer plates used an "M" suffix. The car number could be between 1 and 5.
In 1916, the "M" moved to the prefix position, and the car number was put at the end of the plate after the serial.
Manufacturer plates with the "M" prefix were issued until 1925.
The manufacturer plate type was officially discontinued in 1932, and at that point, "D" prefix plates were used for dealers AND manufacturers.
Vehicle manufacturer plates appeared again in the 1960s - go to this page
to see the recent plates.