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The "Custom Plate" issue

Recently passed NCT. Custom plates are done quite badly for the most parts and don't get me wrong, the 'script' writing on some civics is laughable. The square plates on jap imports look silly. The 'shadow effect' looks cheap.

But, even on 5th generation 3 series, we see custom plates in the classic german font. Must be admitted, it looks well, I've even seen an M3 and an M6 with the plates. Perhaps more expensive cars get away with it more, and thats understandable. For example I saw a Maserati Qattroporte a few months back with actual sized Italian plates.

Maybe I've gotten lost in all of this but I'm considering custom plates for a 147. Opinions: ..
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I have a friend who has italian sized plates on his 159 for a few years now. He said he knows they are wrong etc but IMO they look correctly proportioned for the car. He has a full sized one in the boot for the NCT and in case he gets stopped. After that it's just a personal taste thing. The ANPR system will still read them so I guess an Gardai are not too worried. Do you want picts?
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..the regulations don't specify a particular font as far as i'm aware, so once the plate conforms to those regs you should be ok. the german style plates usually conform to the regs and are legal.

the one you've posted wouldn't be legal though.. the black band for one thing, and also i think the font has to be at least 10mm thick..

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i think ze german font plates look silly, not into meself
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am with Alfa155ts...
just don't see the point...

Also - why german font on italian metal?
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am with Alfa155ts...
just don't see the point...

Also - why german font on italian metal?
You obv misread the thread. I mentioned that German cars like 3 series and M3s commonly have the german altered plates in Ireland and it looks well. But not for an Alfa!! You couldn't be doing that mate, it just seems wrong.
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i got plates made up last week,bold writing, very readable!!i got the fella making them to keep the font for the front smaller and shorter,i then doctored the plate itself to suit the area on the front bumper,the italian plate landing!!only problem is there is now a few small holes from the screws of older plates on the bumper
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Not my thing personally. Just get a nice set of normal plates they really clean up the front of the car.
 
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yeh it does. my friend recently got new plates and it definitely brightened up the front especially on an older car.
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Yep, I do it with all cars I have. Freshens them up and it's only 15 euro.
 
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I have a smaller than original front plate, nothing overboard and it has gone through an NCT no problems, no hassle from cops. Perfectly legible so what harm is it doing apart from fitting the car better.
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I have a smaller than original front plate, nothing overboard and it has gone through an NCT no problems, no hassle from cops. Perfectly legible so what harm is it doing apart from fitting the car better.
where did you get them?
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I got it made up in cork same time I got the cadamurro front bumper and splitter put on. Behind Harringtons and Tramore road. The font is nothing fancy and looks as legal as any other, just smaller dimensions. If your really wanting to know I can find out the company name, it isnt far from where I live at the moment.
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Behind Harringtons and Tramore road..
Yea my friend got his made there too... although his one is half the 'normal' size..
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