Why Steve Jobs’s Car Didn’t Have License Plates


steve-jobsThe multitude of mysteries revealed following the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs’ death now includes one that puzzled car enthusiasts for years: How did Jobs get away with driving without a license plate? It was common knowledge that Jobs would park his Mercedes SL55 AMG in a handicapped spot at Apple’s Cupertino, Calif., headquarters, with nothing to identify his vehicle other than the tiny barcode that usually rests behind the rear license plate. According to Walter Isaacson’s new biography, Jobs wanted to avoid having a plate for privacy reasons; and yet when having a license-less silver Mercedes became a kind of trademark, Jobs kept motoring without one “because I don’t.”

steve-jobs-carFor years, rumors swirled that Jobs had either won a special dispensation from California authorities or was just daring police to stop him. While the why remains somewhat cloudy, an interview by ITWire with a former Apple security executive reveals the real reason: a little-known loophole in California vehicle laws that gives owners up to six months to get plates for their vehicles.

According to Jon Callas, now chief technical officer of Entrust, Jobs would arrange with his vehicle leasing company to switch out his silver Mercedes every six months with a new, identical model – just another of the complicated and expensive ways Jobs thought differently.

{Yahoo Autos/Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. No this is a meshugah kup !!! It’s just that when a man is a billionaire he can get away with almost anything. He had an army of lawyers. California is not New York. Try it in NYC…

  2. Rabbosai let’s try not to get caught up in all the hype of idolizing Steve Jobs . His popularity stems directly from the fact that he “put the Internet into our pockets” as President Obama said, and unlike the Goyim who live for technology and the Tumah that accompanies it, we Frume Yiden aspire to greater and holier things.