Motorcycle temporary plates

Temporary plates are used on vehicles purchased in Italy for export or temporarily imported and the letters EE stand for "Escursionisti Esteri".

Temporary plates for motorbikes were introduced officially only in 1959, but it's likely that they were issued also before that year: in the first picture you can see one of these plates where the number is on the first line and the letters EE on the second.
Then, in 1959 they law started describing them: they looked like the normal Italian plates for motorcycles of the same time. On the top line there were the letters EE, the seal of the Italian republic and a small embossed rectangle: it was used to attach a red sticker with the last two digits of the year of expiry inwhite (pictures number 2 and 4); on the bottom line there was a number of four digits. It's important to notice that numbers were assigned to each province in batches to keep the registers in order, so a higher number does not mean that the plate was issued later. At the beginning temporary plates were made of metal (pictures number 2, 3 and 4), but then in 1963 they started being made of plastic (picture number 5). Moreover, about in 1962, there was also a change in the characters used for these plates and they became more simple and straight (picture number 4).

In 1985 the look of temporary plates changed a bit: the red sticker was replaced by two stickers with the month and the year of expiry, a little oval with an "I" for Italy inside was added and the format became EE A000, as you can see in the sixth picture. Moreover plastic was abandoned and they were made again of metal.

EE plate
Picture 1: 1950(?)-1959
EE plate
Picture 2: 1959-1963
EE plate
Picture 3: 1959-1963
EE plate
Picture 4: 1962-1963
EE plate
Picture 5: 1963-1985
EE plate
Picture 6: 1985-Today

You can find other details and informations about these plates in the page with temporary plates for cars.

I need to thank Claudio Blanchi, Giancarlo Raposo, Alessandro Libanore and Andrew Osborne so very much for all these pictures they sent me.




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