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Car Club Plaque - Aristocrats - Daly City

Car Club Plaque - Aristocrats - Daly City

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

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
Stk #T-FRE-1-Plaque14
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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.

Eras Used: 1940's, 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s  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.

Other Keywords: Hot Rod, Street Rod, Custom Car, Model A, Model T, T-Bucket, Tin Lizzie, Lead Sled, Low Rider, lone wolf, Woody, woodie, surfer, surfing, beach, beach boys, Hawaii, Hawaiiana, Americana, nostalgia, hanging dice & poodle skirts, greasers, gassers, track, wide track, oval track, race track, raceway, race, racers, race cars, street racers, drag race, drags, dragster, funny cars, NASCAR, slicks, Mag Rims, memorabilia, automobilia, auto, automobile, pick-up truck, mini pick up, lowered, chopped, channeled, can-am, Route 66.

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.

Price: $125.00 $95.00

Product Code: T-FRE-1-CarClubPlaque14Aristocrats
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