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Looking for the closest font to this machine painted license plate.
Forget about the different '1' s
Nothing fits for all letters and numbers.
The most unusual feature is the 2 so here are a couple with somewhat similar features:
Industry Inc http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/hold-fast-foundry/industry-inc/
For the O and R, something like Lobby Card http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/jnlevine/lobby-card/
Couldn't find a font that matches perfectly all earmarks at the same time (digits, /M centre vertex pointy and above baseline, blunt corners /O and /R, counters with blunt corners and /R vertical leg). Don's suggestion of Industry might the easiest to customize. I'd like to add Gaz, possibly the closest without matching perfectly. More: Rodchenko Constructed (wrong counters), Jeff Levine's Deerfield, Lobby Card, LHF Union Thug and Boot Camp (not so bad), Liquorstore
I like the term "stovepipe sign lettering style" used by Typodermic to describe Gaz and and Letterhead to describe Union Thug. Good category for grouping similar fonts.
as a starting point ?
Yes, SquareSlab Med is a good match for the 2 and 5. I believe this is a version of City designed by Georg Trump in 1930 http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/berthold/city-bq/
Aka Square Slabserif 711 http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/bitstream/square-slabserif-711/