Discussion in 'General discussion' started by Rob Gaskin, Oct 30, 2015.
Sorry, meant on your Zed when you get it.
reading the DVLA it implies it rolls forward with the "historic vehicle" 40 year rule or that anything before 1st Jan 1978. The article was written in 2015 so the 1st Jan 1975 makes sense... I have a dateless plate I plan to put on anyway, the new car is 76
I got them from https://www.showplatesdirect.com
They do the standard Jap import of 330mm wide, and then a variety of heights. If you get the Pre 2001 typeface, the letters aren't in the latest, modern font and fill out the blank yellow area to the sides better I think.
Personally i think the black & white plates should only be on cars that would of had them originally, the rolling historic 40 yr status for the plates is a mistake IMO
Give it another 5 years or so and there will be so many black & white plates on classics of all sorts that any show line up will just look odd, any suffix plate can possibly get away with it, as the uninformed probably wouldn't realise, but when the historic status hits the prefix plates!
Not much in the motoring world looks as visually wrong as number plates on a car to me ... wrong wheels, colour etc are all personal and subjective but plates can be simply wrong!
These RS2000s you see in black that have black and silver plates and are R reg etc ... far better to have the plates the car could have had at the time than ones which 'fit the colour scheme'. Every classic I have had has had the silver and black plates but these were beginning to be phased out in 67/68 I think and the reflective ones introduced. If I could have had the separate letters again and made my own I would have but I couldn't find smaller letters on a plate except on a flat acrylic one. So be it ... it's just the way it works with the imported plate size. I think that acrylic plates came in about 1975.
I have had various sizes and types of black/silver plates. For the rear I would generally go for 12"x6" in either the single row US style or the same size flat plate (no border), 2 line as in the Chestnut link above. The fronts I've started to use are described as "Italian '70 style" which are 12"x3" and as can be seen on the MZR cars.
Thanks. I had a look at some different fonts last night and the pre '73 font seems a little wider still than pre 2001. I hadn't realised before that there was so much variation in width.
Just put them on.
Thanks, looks Alright. If I was picky, I'd want it a little taller. Maybe 6.5"?
I use this size plate but don’t use the bottom clips and mount it a bit higher to just cover the body colour at the top.
I probably should have done the same as thats how the US plates where. When I respray the plastic light surround I might spray a bit of scrap material the same colour and put it behind to cover the body colour at the top.
I was thinking just the same.
Looks like this thread will rumble forever .
Do most use strong double sided or screws?
If screws what size should I be looking to order ?
I think for now I'm settling on black metal 12x6.5" as this is a total brain duckery. So I can get driving.
I use halfords number plate tape. Works for me on all my cars.
I use the bottom clips with my US size plates but have a surround on it , so covers the painted bit
I stupidly lost the screws from mine, so I just got some bolts that had a smaller diameter and put them through the hole.
I've tried again. This is 330x178 with pre '73 font from a1 show plates.
Better I think. Everyone agree please. My garage is full of number plate experiments and I don't want more!
It looks about 3" too wide and 2" too tall.
That's close enough. I'm not a perfectionist.
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