AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texans who want to spend a little extra money can forgo the usual white-background license plate for something that better matches their style and personality. People may show off their love for a school, sports team or charity, but it turns out what most people veer toward is simple and classic.
The “Classic Black” design of white lettering on a black background was the number one specialty license plate in 2018, with 11,025 people buying it from My Plates, according to the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles. It’s been the most popular plate every year since it launched in 2016, and it’s based on a general-issue plate that was last available in 1968.
In fact, the top 5 selling plates in 2018 all incorporate black or dark-colored designs.
Top 5 Selling Plates in Texas
1. Classic Black 11,025
2. Lone Star Black 7,249
3. Texas Black 1845 3,523
4. Carbon Fiber 2,290
5. Small Star Black 2,140
Unsurprisingly, in Austin the top-selling college-themed plate was the University of Texas at Austin, followed by Texas A&M. Statewide, however, those rankings reversed.
Top 5 Texas College Plates in Texas
1. Texas A&M University
2. University of Texas
3. Texas Tech University
4. Texas Christian University
5. University of Houston
As far as sports-themed plates go, the Cowboys were most popular. Two of the Top 5 were teams from Dallas and another two were from Houston.
Top 5 Sports-Themed Plates in Texas
1. Dallas Cowboys
2. Texas Trophy Hunters Association
3. Houston Texans
4. Houston Rockets
5. Dallas Stars