RSM San Marino: trailer RSM

Until 1959: the first trailer plates of San Marino had the letters RSM on the first line, a serial number on the second and the print "RIMORCHIO" in red on the bottom edge.

1959(?)-1979: in 1959 (?) a new plate for trailer was introduced and it was very similar to the plate used in that same time for the normal cars: there were the coat of the arms of San Marino and the letters RSM on the top line and a red "R" (it stands for "Rimorchio" and this means trailer) followed by a number of three digits, with leading zeros if needed, on the bottom, as you can see in the first picture. This plate was mounted on the rear, but there was also a front plate, with the print "RIMORCHIO" in red over the abbreviation RSM in blue and then the number (picture number 2... note that these first two pictures show a couple of plates of the same trailer!).

Trailer plate of San Marino
Picture 1: 1959 (?) - 1979
Trailer plate of San Marino
Picture 2: 1959 (?) - 1979 (front plate)

1979-1986: in 1979 a new coat of the arms made with polychromatic techniques substituted the old one, as it happen also on plates for normal cars. The new plates were made of just one line, with the coat of the arms on the left followed by the letter "R" in red and then a serial number of three digits, while the print "REPUBBLICA DI SAN MARINO" in blue sometimes was added on the bottom edge (pictures number 3 and 4).

Trailer plate of San Marino
Picture 3: 1979 - 1986
Trailer plate of San Marino
Picture 4: 1979 - 1986

1986-(?): trailer plates changed again in 1986, like all the plates for normal cars. The print "REPUBBLICA DI SAN MARINO" became much smaller and placed under the coat of the arms, and the digits and the coat of the arms became embossed (picture number 5... unfortunately it was the last picture of the film and was cut, but I think it's still clear enough).

Trailer plate of San Marino
Picture 5: 1986 - (?)

(?)-Today: in the last few years a new plate was introduced, but I don't know exactly when (picture number 6). The only difference from the previous ones is that the red "R" is much smaller, not embossed and placed over a circular revalidation sticker.

Trailer plate of San Marino
Picture 6: (?) - Today

Unlike Italian trailers, in San Marino they don't have a repeater plate with the same number as the pulling vehicle.

Many thanks to Olav Arne Brekke for the pictures number 1, 2, 3 and 5, to Martin van der Valk for the picture number 4, to Hermann (ALPCA #8245) for the last image and to Guglielmo Evangelista for most of the story of these plates.




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