Not really sure what you are looking for. In NY plates are not permanently assigned to a car and even long term owners will go through multiple sets over the years. They get new plates when they change hands, taken off and put back on the road, and most recently when the state changes the style and surcharge you if you want to keep them a little while longer. Plates can also be transferred to a different car owned by the registrant.
Hey firstly thanks for the reply! Great to get such good information on the NY plate processes.
I have most of the last licence plate number, just missing the first digit, (It was ?491 BTH - I think!) which is a bummer. But after hearing from you I'm thinking that's not really what I'm after anyway, as what I want to know is the first licence plate number it had in 68'. I'm going to get a set of "novelty" reproduction 68' NY licence plates made for shows etc. To go with the repro inspection and expiry stickers I have. Hence the query.
I just spent an hour on hold and transfers with the NY DMV this morning (OZ time) and got told they know but can't (won't) tell me anything. Told me to file a MV-15 form... (I'm not even sure if they will process that as it asks for US or state gov ID, which as an Ozzie I don't have). :-( I suppose that if they decide to help me out I might find the original plate number(s). I have asked for a full title / licence history report.
My car was sold on March 19th 68' by;
RAYMOND CAR SALES INC
207-02 NORTHERN BLVD
BAYSIDE NY 11361
So first I thought I'd track them down and beg for help, but nope! They are no longer there (Its a Tile shop), and the only Raymond Car Sales I can find is a smallish used car yard over in Flushing. Who (if related), would probably not be keeping 49 yo sales data from when they were once a FORD dealership. So not much luck there. The PO bought it unlicensed as a restoration project, then lost interest and flipped it to me. He can't remember the plate number either and they were lost some time ago.
If anyone knows a way (or person who can access such) to do an 11 digit VIN lookup Id be grateful.
Please PM me to keep it discrete if you want.