<VV> Corvairs with 'Antique' plates ?

Kent Sullivan kentsu at corvairkid.com
Sun Apr 4 23:48:36 EDT 2010

Yeah, I know some states have fairly inflexible policies. I was able to
trace the history of my Canadian Corvair back to the original owner but it
was very difficult to do. In Canada, you can get copies of records from
previous owners (that are not redacted) if you have one of the two parties
involved in that transaction sign a letter saying it's OK.

More here: http://www.corvairkid.com/610767001602.htm -- it's all detailed
in the first section, "History".

By the way, that's not the car that came with original plates that I
referred to earlier. That's this one:

-----Original Message-----
From: virtualvairs-bounces at corvair.org
[mailto:virtualvairs-bounces at corvair.org] On Behalf Of John Howell
Sent: Sunday, April 04, 2010 7:22 PM
To: Kent Sullivan
Cc: VV
Subject: Re: <VV> Corvairs with 'Antique' plates ?

HI Kent,

I never bought a Corvair new and the plates I have were not the original 
plates that were the first plates on any of the cars. Every few years 
Tennessee changes plates so by the time I get the car it has gone through 
many plates. The new cars that I have bought I would not consider collector 

It is against the law in Tennessee to buy a new car and try to put antique 
plates on it, by the time a car is old enough to use antique plates no one 
has a clue what happened to the original plates. Consider yourself extremely

lucky to get a car with the original plates.

Most people that traded a Corvair in on another car had the plates 
transferred to the new car. The last Corvair I bought about a year ago I got

from the second owner and he had it for 34 years. He is an old man and can`t

remember the name of the person he bought it from, and he claims he has 
thrown away all records and papers but a few on the car. All he can remember

is that it was bought locally and has remained here. I have the registration

paper where he bought it from the original owner in 1976 but all it shows is

the original title number, when I called the TN DMV they refused to look up 
the original owner`s name because of the privacy issues, what a loss !

Also the car came with an ` Antique ' plate on it, it had a really low 
number but the TN DMV would not let me transfer that plate to my name, I had

to buy ` New '  Antique plate.

John Howell

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kent Sullivan" <kentsu at corvairkid.com>
To: "'John Howell'" <32chevy at 0306.org>; "'Mike Moyer'" 
<vairvert67 at yahoo.com>
Cc: "'VV'" <virtualvairs at corvair.org>
Sent: Sunday, April 04, 2010 2:10 AM
Subject: RE: <VV> Corvairs with 'Antique' plates

> One of my Corvairs came with its original plates and I have been very
> thankful that the previous two owners did not keep them. The historical
> significance is high. John--I totally understand this is a hobby of yours
> but I would urge you (and any like-minded collectors) to please pass on
> plates that are original to a car. Unless we're talking about a very 
> unusual
> plate, there is only one set of plates that is original to a car vs. any
> number of sets of plates you could find/purchase from the same
> year--essentially the same if your goal is collecting plates by year.
> "By original to a car" I mean the very first set of plates the car ever 
> had.
> And of course I know a few states require that plates be surrendered to 
> the
> DMV/BMV so it's not possible in those cases.
> Thanks.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: virtualvairs-bounces at corvair.org
> [mailto:virtualvairs-bounces at corvair.org] On Behalf Of John Howell
> Sent: Saturday, March 27, 2010 9:31 AM
> To: Mike Moyer
> Cc: VV
> Subject: Re: <VV> Corvairs with 'Antique' plates
> Mike,
> Boy that could be a real bummer having to return your old plates !  If 
> every
> state done that it would really limit plate collecting. You don`t have to 
> do
> that in Tennessee or most other states.
> That is a good point in not letting your license plates go with a car you
> sell.  I take them off because as a side hobby I collect license plates,
> never thought about the liability problem.
> John

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