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    John, I found the details for you for my green car. The front plate has 2.5” DIGITS - NO BORDER. Without the car here I'd say the overall size of the plate is something like 9.3 cm x 40.3 cm based upon the letter height/width.


    I had the same size plate made up for my Rosso Dino car but had Adrian put a border on that one which increased the overall size slightly. Here is a photo so you decide which style you prefer (if any).

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    Thanks, Iain. I love that second photo!:):)

    Thanks, Iain. I think I am going to go with the bike plate you showed me from Chestnut.
     
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    I think I would make a normal sized one for MOT and a smaller sized one you think you can get away with after the MOT.
     
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    I would think rarely checked on an MOT they are more concerned about safety of the car i.e. steering, suspension, brakes, lighting, horn.
     
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    Under revised rules here there is now a 40 year rolling rule exemption from MOT's for classic cars provided that no substantial changes have been made to the vehicle in the last 30 years, - the DVLA cites replacing the chassis, body, axles or engine to change the way the vehicle works as examples of substantial changes.As a result 246's no longer require to go through the annual test. The main risk with a small front plate is a roadside stop by traffic Police.

    I can attest that when the MOT was mandatory the size and legality of the front plate most certainly was checked as part of the test. There is a whole section of the test procedure devoted to it and a non-confirming plate counts as a Major which is an instant fail.
    https://www.mot-testing.service.gov.uk/documents/manuals/class3457/Section-0-Identification-of-the-vehicle.html#section_0.1
     
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    As Iain says, a Dino is now MoT exempt, so that is no longer an issue (although I'll still have the old plate ifcfor some readon I did want to put it in for a test). I'll take the risk with the constabulary.
     
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    It may say that in the regulations, but the garages performing MOT's are losing money on each test and so really only check the car is safe on the road, you only have to see the number of newer Ferrari's e.g. 458 onwards where virtually none of these cars have front number plates.
     
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    Not just traffic police but you also run the risk of identification via speed and front facing averaging cameras as well as the whole myriad of camera for traffic flow etc etc. Low risk?

    I had them on my 308 (they came with the car and were fitted 12 years ago) and was caught, luckily by traffic police with a warning, the MOT station were contacted by DVLA and reprimanded, so it does happen.
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    I took mine of the 328 and carry it with me.. It has two sticky pads on the back which have lost there sticky and fellow off. I was just driving the shop to buy some officer... I also think that you can show the number plate through the windscreen...
     
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    also popular now on any go faster Audi or VW to have plate on the dash
     
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    Good idea.
     
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    I used to like the smaller front number plates, but I have gone off them now. I now have the full sized plate in the old raised letter style. This is also the sort of plate it had when it was new.

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    John, yours very likely had the raised letter reflective type when new.

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    Looks loads better!
     
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    Thankyou. Yes, I am very pleased with the result. Thanks for your help in pointing me in the right direction, Iain.
     
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    I have used https://www.tippersvintageplates.co.uk in the past for my (Fiat) Dino. They do the correct Italian size front plates, and I was very happy with their product. I have no affiliation with them but can recommend
     

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