Above all, it is important that the license plate remains clearly visible. When purchasing and refurbishing, care must be taken to ensure that all necessary ABE and TÜV registrations are legally secure. Because there is a certain gray area with the license plate offset laterally. Friends of the American motorcycle brand Harley-Davidson know this. They also like to move their license plates from the middle to the side. The corresponding bracket with lighting is then fixed to it in the area of the wheel hub of the rear wheel. Increasingly, self-modified and tuned cars (often Honda Civic, Audi TT, Nissan GT-R and others) use spare brackets to allow mounting the plate with a tow hook ring, which is usually on one side on the front bumper. Theoretically, this makes it possible not to damage bumpers painted with screw-on mounting brackets. There`s even a school of thought suggesting that an off-center license plate is good for an additional performance boost, given the cooling aid and aerodynamic advantage such positioning can provide, though it calls into question the OCD tendencies some people might have for non-uniformity. PS: Even more information about the position of the license plate can be found in our article “License plate and position on the vehicle”! It was good with Alfa Romeo cars and Harley Davidson motorcycles, which started the trend of side-shifted license plates. The long lowered cooling opening in the form of an inverted triangle made it imperative for the Alfa Romeo to bring the license plate from the center outwards. At this point, Italians have probably forgotten that the license plates of neighboring countries are significantly larger than theirs. The front with the large German license plate no longer looked as chic and noble as with the Italian watermark.
Nevertheless, the idea prevailed, more and more tuners offer front and rear sections, with which the license plate can be moved to the right or left. First, there is little legal objection to this. This unorthodox license plate assembly was quickly adopted for other Alfa Romeo models with deep triangular center grilles, including the cute 101 Giuletta SZ with Zagato body, as well as the TZ1 and chip coupe 2600 SZ and even the Matta 4×4 for Italian military use. The newer and durable Giulia Spider of the Pininfarina 105 series retained the front right license plate position of its predecessor, as did many Alfa Romeo models from the 1990s onwards. The fifth generation of the Disco raised eyebrows with its original rear, referencing the layout of the vehicle`s ancestors to keep the plate out of the spare wheel`s path. Not everyone was a fan, and some tuning companies even produced a fix. We shouldn`t be surprised that the record remains stubbornly shifted – visually, Land Rover hasn`t changed much. There`s new LED front and rear lights, a front bumper slightly optimized for R-Dynamic derivatives, new wheel options, and that`s your lot.
Many later makes and models also chose to position their license plates sideways so as not to compromise radiator cooling and/or aesthetics. These range from truly exotic machines like the BMW M1, Ferrari Enzo and LaFerrari, Bugatti Veyron and Chiron, the Pagani Zonda and Huayra to less powerful cars like the Mitsubishi Lancer EVO and some Morgans. Alfa Romeo`s reasoning for placing its front license plate outside the center is perfectly logical, dedicated by necessity to the Milanese brand`s distinctive and durable shield-shaped triangular grille, which traditionally cuts deep into the bumper of every Alfa model. More commonly associated with Alfa Romeo than any other car brand, offset front panels have historically been mounted off-center more for design aesthetics – and now for trend – than for functional reasons, except perhaps for a marginal aerodynamic advantage. Smooth, but often illegal – cleaning the vehicle and traps The youngest boy in this small family group was still buzzing after visiting a few pits and asked his father why some of those “beautiful red cars” (Alfa Romeo I can only guess) didn`t have their license plates before “in the normal place”? Every Wednesday, a member of DesperateSeller.co.uk will try to document the things that annoy them about cars or just driving in general.