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Number plate #1654963
30/12/2021 13:31
30/12/2021 13:31
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Always had issues with how the coupe looks when it comes to the front number plate. To me first thing you see is this plate, spoils the look. This might be because of the shape of the bonnet and bumper. I believe the front looks so much better without this plate. Idea I might remove it and go down the E Type route and have a bonnet stick on, this would also mean removing the Fiat badge otherwise this plate would be to far up the bonnet. Has anyone done this? Other issue would this be legal?

Re: Number plate [Re: Serg1] #1654972
31/12/2021 10:02
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I believe there are a few issues. On an E type the bonnet sticker plate is OK as the regulations were more relaxed before 1973, I think is the cut off date.

The number plate must be fixed in a vertical plane, or as near as practicable. It must conform to size and retro reflectivity regulations and most of all the plate material must pass tests, including its ability to withstand bending. A retro reflective sticker with the correct sized characters cannot conform to the standard required and be mounted in the correct plane on the bonnet.

Maybe the Italian plates of the era of our cars were smaller and so fitted the look better when designed? I agree the look is not integrated and more stuck on. Maybe the only other option is to have it offset like an Alfa? Is a removable number plate OK in the rules, so at shows you can have the clean look?

Last edited by 1st_things_1st; 31/12/2021 10:02.
Re: Number plate [Re: Serg1] #1655010
03/01/2022 19:14
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Thanks 1st_things_1st very helpful info.

Re: Number plate [Re: Serg1] #1655021
04/01/2022 14:52
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Don't put a number plate on the bonnet. Looks rubbish. It's been done once or twice and ruins the look of the car


Originally Posted by Jonny - After being taken out at Spa
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Re: Number plate [Re: Begbie] #1655026
04/01/2022 19:47
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Originally Posted by Begbie
Don't put a number plate on the bonnet. Looks rubbish. It's been done once or twice and ruins the look of the car


Must agree they look pants on the bonnet.

Re: Number plate [Re: Serg1] #1655036
05/01/2022 18:04
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There was one around here who had the plate off centre a la Alfa, although I knew it always took me by surprise, 'Oh look it's coop, hang on it's an Alfa, no definately a coop, now wave! oh too late he's gone.'

Re: Number plate [Re: Serg1] #1655039
05/01/2022 20:53
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Has anyone noticed some Italian cars (possibly just older ones) have a smaller Italian-style front plate fitted which definitely looks much better?
I have often wondered whether these are actually legal?


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Re: Number plate [Re: Serg1] #1655094
08/01/2022 21:55
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Cold light of day it does seem pants... might have to stay with original look and live with it.

Re: Number plate [Re: Serg1] #1655095
08/01/2022 22:21
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I seem to remember someone on here cutting out holes on the front plate to aid airflow to a front intercooler.


I'm an old git & happy with it,most of the time

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