[Editor’s note: This article is based on reporting by Gizmodo.]
We were all saddened by the news of Steve Jobs’ passing earlier this week. There is no denying the tremendous positive influence he had on the technology and products we use every day. There are many moving tributes to Mr. Jobs in the social media, and I would encourage you to take some time to explore them.
But for now, I’d like to share something about Steve Jobs that you might not know. It’s about his car. Since automotive marketing is what we do here at Polk, I thought it was a relevant tidbit to share. Mr. Jobs drove a silver 2007 Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG without a licence plate.
Photo: Source: space
Why? Nobody knows for sure, and multiple theories have been bandied about in Silicon Valley. Some think it’s a high-tech vehicle code distortion field or custom-built mechanised plate retractor. Others insist that overzealous fans swipe the roadster’s tags every time they’re mounted. I even saw one blogger opine it was because the font on California licence plates is so ugly. His theory is that Mr. jobs couldn’t stand to mar the aesthetics of a beautiful vehicle with the product of some state assemblyman’s sense of style. Maybe it’s simply because he could get away with it.
And that brings us to the other aspect to this mystery. How exactly did Steve Jobs drive a plateless car for four years without ever getting ticketed for the infraction? A search of traffic records confirms that he successfully avoided plate-related fines. Again, theories abound, but I think it’s just a matter of playing the odds.