1950's, 1960's, 1970's
NOS Car Club Plaques
Hot Rods, Street Rods, Muscle Cars

Car Club Plaques after washiing with soap and water - re-found after being locked up for almost 20 years Here are photographs of the plates or plaques that were proudly displayed on hot rods and street rods by the members of various car clubs. It was an uniquely American way of showing the world which car club you belonged to. The plaques were displayed on cars to make a statement for or about the owner and his affiliation with a car club. These cast aluminum plaques from the past are the equivalents of bumper stickers today.  They are a great piece of nostalgia from the time when horsepower and cubic inches were what mattered, and when gas was pennies a gallon.

The use of car club plaques seems to have started in the late 1940's, right after the end of World War Two. Car Club Plaques became more popular in the 1950's when stock generic plaques were sold by several companies to the readers of Rod & Custom, Custom Rodder, Hot Rod, and other custom car & hot rod magazines. Sources report that clubs were formed using these generic plaques and the names emblazoned on them.  These stock plates were ordered for the car club members. They originally sold for $2 to $5 each.  The plaques were usually made of aluminum, but sometime bronze was used. Bronze usually cost about 25% more than the aluminum plaques.  Mounting kits could also be purchased. The kits would hang the plaques under the rear bumper. Some clubs called them drag plates not because of drag racing, but because they would often drag on the ground when mounted on lowered automobiles.  An old car club plaque mounting kit ad from J.C.Whitney states "Makes the mounting of plaques a quick and easy job. Two lengths of rust-resistant chain & 4 chrome plated hooks can be adjusted to any length by raising or lowering hooks."  The companies selling plaques during the 50's and 60's were Chicago Metal Craft  in Port Chicago, CA, Speed Gems in Minneapolis, MN, Gem Manufacturing Company in Chicago, IL, and Stylized Emblem in Hollywood, CA. Some of  the plaques being sold during this period were actually manufactured by the Koehler Foundry in Bell, CA.

Typical Ad's from the time read as follows:

Today the values of original car plaques range:
$275 on up.
Some reasons for this are: 
  • condition; 
  • as well as getting one from a hometown; 
  • or one you remember when growing up; 
  • complexity of design, 
  • material; 
  • provenance to some race or event
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History of these NOS (New Old Stock) car club plates or plaques:

While searching for WWII Jeep parts and other WW2 army surplus at a flea market almost 20 years ago, I came across a guy selling some old Cragar S/S rims, and a few other automobilia items from the 1950's & 1960's.  He had an old cardboard box of aluminum planks.  What I thought was "scrap metal" turned out to be these car club plaques.  I didn't know what they were called yet, but one of them caught my eye. It was unlike the rest in the box as it was round - and more importantly to me it said "Jeepers" on it.  Anything with Jeep on it gets my attention.

I asked the seller: "How much do you want for the aluminum jeep sign?"  and "What are the signs for?"
He told me what he wanted and said "They're from old car clubs. Members hung them on their cars. They're NOS - New Old Stock"
I looked through the rest of the plates in the box, but didn't find any more "Jeep" ones.  Prior to haggling over the price I asked him how he got them and if he had any more "Jeep" ones at home or back at the shop.
He said: "I don't have a shop, and I only have 2 more plaques at home, but I'm keeping them to remember my friend by. They're not jeep ones anyway."
"Were these your friends plates?" I asked, adding "Would he have any more Jeep ones?"
"No, he died about 7 years ago. I got them from him right before he died.  He used to work at the place that made them and most of these were the masters that they made the molds from. They weren't selling anymore or the place went out of business or something, but he ended up with them. And I got them after he found out he was sick."
"Why are you selling them?" I asked next.
"I've had them up on shelves and hanging on the walls of the den since then, but we're remodeling and then selling and moving to a smaller place and the wife says I've got to get rid of this stuff.  Like I said, I'm going to keep 2 of my favorites to remember him by."

I bought the jeep one, and continued around the swap meet.  About an hour later I got a page (remember pagers?) from a 'car swap meet' friend who had to miss this particular show for whatever reason. I called him back from a pay phone (remember pay phones?).  He wanted to know what he had missed.  I told him about the goodies I had picked up towards restoring the WWII Jeeps and tricking out my Jeep CJ-7's for off-roading. I also told him about the 'old aluminum jeep club plate'.  He asked more questions about stuff he was looking for and also about the plaques - he obviously knew what they were. He asked if they had anymore non-jeep ones (he was a hot rodder and sand dragster guy).  I gave him the details and he wanted to know if I would go back & get some plaques for him. I was about done walking the show and still had most of the money I came with left over - it hadn't been the best show for jeep stuff.  The more I thought about those car club plates the neater I thought they were. Ron's call had only stirred my interest up more.  I went back to the guy and made a deal on the entire box of plaques.  Ron came by a few days later and bought a couple from me.  He said I should put the rest away and save them.  I packed them away with all the jeep parts I was stashing away for the future.  I forgot about them and haven't looked for them since then (1991).

In the spring of 1998 I took a new job as a traveling salesman.  I packed up all the jeep inventory and padlocked the doors.  The stuff has been locked up ever since.  Last month I decided to open up the storage and start selling off some of the contents of all the piles, crates, and boxes of WWII Jeep parts, Hi-Performance Jeep CJ7 parts, WW2 Army Surplus and accouterments.  While opening crates and boxes I came across the box that contained all the plaques I had put away so many years ago.  Now it's my turn to down size, so I am going to sell these plaques and lots of other WWII, Jeep, and other stuff.  Paint is fresh/new. Metal varies from new shiny to slightly oxidized. See my links below for other goodies from the past.

I hope you enjoy looking at these plaques. They might reawaken old memories, or it could be the first time you've heard of them.  I surfed the net for several hours yesterday and today to gather the information I posted here.  I am by no means an expert.  I bought them exactly as I described above.  I didn't even know they were called "plaques".  And until I rediscovered the the box of them the other day, I still didn't know anything other than "They're from old car clubs.  Members hung them on their cars".  Thank goodness for the internet and for Google.

Here's photos of what it was like when I started digging into the stacks of stuff I had packed away and locked up from between 10 - 20 years ago.

Here's a link to my online catalog of Willys MB & Ford GPW WWII JEEP Parts For Sale.

Here's a link to my list of hundreds of WWII AAF, USN, USMC Squadron Patches, Bloodchits, and other Aviation Stuff For Sale.

Here are links to my catalog of Jeep Gifts, Craftsman Tools, Flamed Mail Boxes, Automotive Performance, Neon Lights, Computer Technology, & other Merchandise For Sale.

NOTE:  I have been getting many emails lately asking for club plaques that I don't have.  The plaques on this page are all that I have ever had. If it is not listed here then I don't have it and never did.  I probably will not be getting one in the future either. This was a 1-time find, over 10 years ago, and non found since.  Odds are there will never be any others for sale by me in the future. - Sorry.

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NOS 'Firebirds' car club plaque
Firebirds Club
Sticker w/ #00131
(photo of reverse side)
9 3/8 x 5 1/2 inches
Stk #Plaque37
Click to Buy
NOS 'Roseburg Ridge Runner' Roseburg, OR car club plaque
Roseburg Ridge Runner
Roseburg, OR
6 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches
Stk #Plaque51
Click to Buy
NOS 'Central Oregon Street Rods' car club plaque
Central Oregon Street Rods
6 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches
Stk #Plaque50
Click to Buy
NOS 'Aristocrats' Daly City, CA  (San Francisco) car club plaque
Aristocrats Daly City
Daly City, CA  (San Francisco) 
(photo of reverse side)
9 x 5 inches
NOS 'Rod Tiques' Seattle, WA car club plaque
Seattle, Washington
Sticker w/ #00242
(photo of reverse side)
9 x 5 1/4 inches
NOS 'Pit Crew' So. Cal. car club plaque
Pit Crew
So. Cal.
Southern California
Sticker w/ #00046
(photo of reverse side)
10 x 5 inches
NOS 'Slicks' Vallejo, CA car club plaque
Vallejo, CA
8 7/8 x 4 3/4 inches
NOS 'North Atlanta Street Rods' Atlanta, GA car club plaque
North Atlanta Street Rods
Atlanta, GA
(photo of reverse side)
11 5/8 x 5 7/8 inches
NOS 'Hanover Street Rods' Hanover,PA car club plaque
Hanover Street Rods
Hanover, PA
Sticker w/ #00010
(photo of reverse side)
8 3/4 x ~5 inches
NOS 'Valley Rods' San Fernando, CA car club plaque
Valley Rods
San Fernando, CA ? 
9 x 4 5/8 inches
NOS 'Hi-Waymen' South LA Los Angeles, CA car club plaque
South LA
South Los Angeles, CA
8 1/8 x 4 1/2 inches
NOS 'Los Nobles' ELA East Los Angeles, CA car club plaque
Los Nobles
East Los Angeles, CA
8 7/8 x 5 inches
NOS 'Clutchers' Yakima, WA car club plaque
Yakima, WA
~9 x ~5 inches
NOS 'Exterminators' Scottsbluff, NE car club plaque
The Exterminators
Scottsbluff, NE
9 3/4 x 4 /12 inches
NOS 'Matadors' Cherokee (GA, TX, NC, SC, KS) car club plaque
Matadors Cherokee
Cherokee (GA, TX, NC, SC, KS)
(photo of reverse side)
8 7/8 x 5 inches
NOS 'Rod Tiques' Kansas City, MO car club plaque
Aurora Autocrats
Aurora, IL
8 3/8 x 4 3/4 inches
NOS 'Gestapos Carmelas DE' East LA, CA car club plaque
Gestapos Carmelas DE
East LA, CA (Link)
9 3/4 x 5 3/8 inches
NOS 'Stockton Voc. College Auto Club' Stockton, CA car club plaque
Stockton Voc. College Auto Club
Stockton, CA
4 3/4 x 7 1/2 inches
NOS 'Dragameisters' San Fernando / San Francisco, CA car club plaque
Dragameisters S.F.
San Fernando / San Francisco, CA
10 3/4 x 5 7/8 inches
NOS 'Panthers' Denver, CO car club plaque
Denver, CO
7 3/4 x 4 inches
NOS 'Wanderers Auto Club' Spokane, WA car club plaque
Wanderers Auto Club
Spokane, WA
8 7/8 x 5 inches
NOS 'Central Coast Street Rods' California car club plaque
Central Coast Street Rods
9 3/4 x 5 7/8 inches
NOS 'Weavers' Fresno, CA car club plaque
Fresno, CA
10 3/8 x 5 1/2 inches
NOS 'Plain City Dragons' Plain City, Ohio car club plaque
Plain City Dragons
Plain City, Ohio
7 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches
NOS 'Strokers' Fort Worth, TX car club plaque
Fort Worth, TX
(Tarrant County Modified Automobile Assoc.)
9 3/4 x 5 1/2 inches
NOS 'Igniters' Fort Worth, TX car club plaque
Fort Worth, TX
(Tarrant County Modified Automobile Association)
9 x 5 1/8 inches
NOS 'Possums' San Fernando / San Francisco, CA car club plaque
Possums S.F.
San Fernando / San Francisco, CA 
9 x 4 3/4 inches
NOS 'Rebels' So. L.A. South Los Angeles, CA car club plaque
SO. L.A.
South Los Angeles, CA 
8 1/4 x 4 7/8 inches
NOS 'Century Toppers' Kenosha, WI car club plaque
Century Toppers 100
Kenosha, WI
8 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches
NOS 'Nomads' Arizona car club plaque
Arizona Nomads
9 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches
NOS 'Long Island Chevy Owners Association' Long Island, New York, NY car club plaque
Long Island Chevy Owners Association
Long Island, New York, NY
9 x 5 1/4 inches
NOS 'Barr-Berriens' Three Oaks, MI car club plaque
Three Oaks, MI
9 1/4 x 5 3/4 inches
NOS 'Ford F-100 Elite' Northern, CA car club plaque
Ford F-100 Elite
Northern Calif
7 5/8 x 4 3/4 inches
NOS 'Downers Grove Pipers' Downers Grove, IL car club plaque
Downers Grove Pipers
Downers Grove, IL
9 5/8 x 4 3/4 inches
NOS 'Tin Lizzies' Council Bluffs, Iowa car club plaque
Tin Lizzies
Council Bluffs, Iowa
9 3/4 x 4 7/8 inches
NOS 'Road Runners' Riverside, CA car club plaque
Road Runners
Riverside, CA
8 3/8 x 5 1/4 inches
NOS 'Rod Tiques' Kansas City, MO car club plaque
Rod Tiques
Kansas City, MO
7 3/4 x 5 1/4 inches
NOS 'Nomads' Mesa, Arizona car club plaque
Mesa Nomads
Mesa, AZ
9 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches
NOS 'Road Runners' Worland, WY car club plaque
Road Runners
Worland, WY
9 3/4 x 5 inches
NOS 'Montre'' Montreal, Canada car club plaque
(The Show Offs)
Montreal, Canada
8 5/8 x 4 3/4 inches
NOS 'ALCAMS' Pueblo, CO car club plaque
Pueblo, Colorado
8 1/2 x  4 3/4 inches
NOS 'Road Runners' Bergen, NJ car club plaque
Road Runners
Bergen, NJ
8 7/6 x 5 inches
NOS ''55 '56 '57 Bowtie Bunch' Tacoma, WAO car club plaque
'55 '56 '57 Bowtie Bunch
Tacoma, WA
8 7/8 x 5 inches
NOS 'Cat In A Hot Tin' car club plaque
Cat In A Hot Tin
9 x 5 1/8 inches
NOS Kaiser-Frazer National Owners Club 1946 - 1955 car club plaque
National Owners Club
1946 - 1955
 9 1/2 x 5 1/8 inches
NOS 'Barracudas' Santa Anna, Texas car club plaque
Santa Anna, Texas
9 x 5 inches
NOS 'Southern Illinois Street Rod Association' car club plaque
Southern Illinois Street Rod Association
9 x 5 inches
NOS 'Gearshifters - Chevy' San Francisco, CA car club plaque
Gearshifters - Chevy 
San Francisco, CA 
9 x 5 1/8 inches
NOS 'Bugs' Westmont, Illinois car club plaque
Westmont, Illinois
9 3/4 x 5 inches
NOS 'Wisconsin Street Rod Association' car club plaque
Wisconsin Street Rod Association
11 /34 x 6 inches
NOS 'Fresno Street Rods' Fresno, CA car club plaque
Fresno Street Rods
Fresno , CA
8 7/8 x 5 1/8 inches
NOS 'Chevys' car club plaque
 6 1/2 x 4 5/8 inches
NOS 'Contra Costa Jeepers' Kansas City, MO car club plaque
Contra Costa Jeepers
Contra Costa, CA
6 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches

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Eras Used: 1940's, 1950ís, 1960ís, 1970ís  on Vehicle Years: 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1922. 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980 - after about 1983 cruising wasn't what it used to be - at least in the places I was familiar with: Broadway - Denver, CO, Main St. - Durango, CO, Sunset Strip - Hollywood, CA, Westwood, CA, Van Nuys Blvd. - Van Nuys, CA, State College Blvd. - Anaheim, CA, Imperial Hwy - Whittier, CA.  It is nice to see so many places holding "Cruise Nights" again such as Reno, NV, Temecula, CA, and many other places.

Appropriate for the following automobile makes & models: American Austin, American Bantam, American Motors, Aston Martin, Auburn, Autocar, Avanti, Brewster, Buick, Cadillac, Checker Cab, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Cord, Crawford, Crosley, DeSoto, Dodge, Duryea, Edsel, Excelsior, Excalibur, Ford, Frazier, General Motors, GMC, Hudson, Hupmobile, International Harvester, Jeep, Kaiser, Kaiser-Frazer, La Salle, Lincoln Continental, Mercury, Nash, Oldsmobile, Overland, Packard, Paige, Peerless, Pierce-Arrow, Plymouth, Pontiac, Rambler, Reo, Rickenbacker, Russell-Knight, Shelby American, Stanley, Stearns, Studebaker, Stutz, Tucker, White, Willys, Willys Knight, Willys-Overland, Whippet, Yellow Cab Manufacturing Company, Zimmer... Muscle Cars: Corvette, Chevy, Nova, Charger, Challenger, Chevelle, Thunderbird, Mustang, Camaro, Firebird, Trans Am, GTO, Road Runner, Super Bee, Barracuda, Le Mans, Riviera Gran Sport, Malibu SS, Cutlass 442, Impala SS, Monte Carlo SS454, Daytona, Fairlane GT, GTA, Cobra, Boss, Cougar,  Olds 442, Duster, AMX, Rebel, Tempest, Impala, 1955 Chevy, 1956 Chevy, 1957 Chevy, AMX, Rebel, Tempest, Impala, Z-28, Rally Sport, L-88, Stingray, Mantaray.

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