I'm so lucky; now on
my 11th Alfa Romeo
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: United Kingdom
Yes, @cassino (I like it !) I'm the self appointed 'geek' on this subject and yes, I have a 5 character plate precisely to keep the front of my Giulia looking as close as possible to the way the Italians intended.
Notice that the front bumper has 2 removable plugs, one on the offside as usual covering the towing eye aperture and another identical on the nearside. The number plate mounting plinth has a protrusion on the back of it which positively locates into this nearside 'hole' and is secured onto the bumper using 4 x self tapping screws.
There are 2 different plinths available; UK cars (and cars destined for other jurisdictions which also use horrendous long reg. plates, e.g. D, NL, B) are supplied as standard with a 550mm long plinth (standard UK plates are 520 mm long).
Cars for Italy and other markets which use aesthetically pleasing short plates are supplied with a 375 mm long plinth but if you want one of those, you will have to obtain it from e.g. EB Spares, but it is a standard Alfa part so dealer should be able to provide.
NOTE: If you plan to fit the short plinth, DO NOT allow the dealer to fit the standard long plinth first otherwise you'll be left with raggedy screw holes on your bumper which the short plinth will not cover. FYI, I obtained my plates from platesforcars.co.uk who do a 330 mm long version which is close to Italian std front plate which is 325 mm exc. Euroflash. FYI, that was fine for my reg. no. which has a '1' in it but strictly speaking, you need a plate of 338 mm minimum length if your characters don't include a '1'.
As background, I believe that because Giulia is a 'world car' to be sold also in jurisdictions which don't require a front plate at all, that explains why there is no pre-moulded area on the bumper; hence the need for mounting plinths, the two sizes of which between them seem to cater for all markets.