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UNIX | Bill Shannon’s Datsun 280ZX


  • New Hampshire style license plate and colors (White & Green)
  • Standard USA plate dimensions (12" x 6")
  • Exact replica
  • Metal stamped / embossed aluminum
  • Shrink-wrapped

  • The New Hampshire UNIX License Plate is produced as it was originally seen on Bill Shannon’s Datsun 280ZX. Bill was an engineer working on Unix at Digital Equipment Corporation and he registered his car with this vanity plate. Armando Stettner, an engineer with an interest in marketing was later inspired to create thousands of UNIX license plates that look significantly different but did consist of “Live Free or Die” and “UNIX” in the same white and green colors as the New Hampshire plate (and yes, we are producing the replica of that version of the plate as well). These plates became known as the ‘geek license plate’ and are found in programmers’ offices, universities, other countries, and even in the Smithsonian! All of this transpired from Bill Shannon’s New Hampshire vanity license plate.