∞ Explaining Steve's tagless Mercedes


Amongst other tales around his time at Apple, we couldn’t resist asking if Callas knew anything about the number plate saga. Of course he did – and here it is.

The stories about Steve’s license plate-free Mercedes are legendary, and people have wondered how he got away with it – did he pay off the cops? Did he have a special permit? Or did he just not care?

I won’t ruin it for you, but the answer is actually really simple. Worth clicking the link to find out more.

  • The Gawker “Steve Jobs was a dick because he didn’t have plates” article incoming in 3…2…1…

  • Arnaud

    Didn’t we know this already? I had heard it before for sure.

  • I’ve said it before; I’ll say it again. The man was bat-shit crazy. Awesomely so.

  • Dennis Wurster

    It would also mean that if he ran a red light and got nabbed by a traffic camera, they wouldn’t be able to positively identify him by the license plate.

  • His Shadow

    I was in California last year and saw dozens of cars with no plates, just plastic ad plates. No numbered traditional license plate anywhere.

    Aaaaaand the article explains that situation as well…

  • I don’t think this is correct.  

    (Don’t read the rest of this comment if you haven’t already clicked above.  Don’t do it.)

    California requires that a new car be registered within 10 days of its purchase, and that the new tags be displayed on the vehicle immediately upon receipt (4-6 weeks).  There’s no mention of a grace period of any sort.

    Also, note this article from the LA Times, which has an unsourced claim that someone ran the VIN on his car and it was much older than 6 months: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/money_co/2011/10/steve-jobs-mercedes-benz-license-plates.html

  • Ok, that’s clever. Didn’t know that.

    Over here, Germany that is, you may only drive to the department of motor vehicles without a licence plate to get one.