Crain Daly License Frame

I hadn’t intended on sharing, but a conversation with the mighty Jay Salser last night has convinced me otherwise. I finally was able to restore our original Crain Daly Dealership frame. Each letterform had to be painted by hand; it took some patience.

If I hadn’t mentioned before, it’s where our ’67 Beetle was purchased in Dec of 1966.

Anyway, see below. Like all vintage VW restoration, I always enjoy the process of making the old new again.

Posted by Eric Shoemaker

Hello, I'm Eric. I started Air-Cooled Artifacts (previously, and Lane Russell). I drive a '67 Beetle daily and love to share vintage Volkswagen stories with the world.

  1. It looks nice, yet I’m not one for advertising without compensation.

    1. Thanks, Mark. This is my own private work, so I’m only showing for the ’67 Beetle community to see the process.

  2. Nice job Eric, It looks great.

  3. Eric ,send it to Canada,I will mount it. You did a nice job. Bob Ebert

  4. Great job Eric,
    I love the old dealer plate frames. I have a collection of them, including the ones on my bug, from my selling dealer, Crest Motors VW, Escondido, CAL.

  5. Very nice!

  6. Over the years I bought a couple of VWs from F-A Motors in Rochester, New York; one from Stateside Motors in Jamestown,New York and a handful from Chris Motors in Decatur,Georgia and have had no luck finding a tag frame from any of them. Anybody got any ideas on where to search? Jim Miner

  7. Very good job, Eric. I have done the same a couple of times. Do you know that we used to toss these frames because they would
    bounce during driving and would damage the paint on the decklids! I have a Clarence Talley frame on my ’67. Clarence was the first VW dealership in Dallas, Texas. I have searched but cannot locate a plate from the Lyle Osmund Dealership of Dallas, TX, which sold my ’67 to the first owner. Keep up the good work! jay

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