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    I'm planning on getting some black and silver number plates for my 1972 series 3.
    I've read on this forum that it's no longer legal to fit new ones but as i've had no luck with Google searches on the subject i'm just going to go ahead and fit some anyway.

    Question is as follows.

    My existing yellow and black rear plate measures 280 x 200mm and fits nicely. The pressed metal ones i'm looking at all seem to measure 305x215mm which is a proper tight squeeze on the rear quarter panel.
    Is it possible to get smaller ones? what size do other people have?

    Cheers.

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    Hi Matt I used this company www.cheapestplates.co.uk they were good. I've looked at their site again and it appears they could help. Regards Brian

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    Thanks for the reply.

    I've now realised my old plate is 11"x8"". Imperial size by the look of it.

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    Hi,

    My one is 11" x 8.5" - it's a proper embossed old one, but it is quite a tight fit
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    You can fit them as long as they are supplied by a registered plate supplier and meet the standard required for the MOT, What you cannot fit are show plates.

    If the vehicle was manufactured before 1st January 1973, you can still fit B and W plates. Any new reflective plates fitted to vehicles after that must comply with the new regulations.

    The regs really kick in for vehicles registered after 1st september 2001.

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    [QUOTE=TEMPL4R;1428911]You can fit them as long as they are supplied by a registered plate supplier and meet the standard required for the MOT, What you cannot fit are show plates.

    If the vehicle was manufactured before 1st January 1973, you can still fit B and W plates. Any new reflective plates fitted to vehicles after that must comply with the new regulations.

    The regs really kick in for vehicles registered after 1st september 2001.

    Great.
    I've sent a couple of e-mails out to see if anyone can make them to the size i need. I suppose i just need to make sure the makers name is on the bottom. Trouble with all the regs is that they need to have documentation and identification and i hate the idea of sending them off. I think many people get over it by selling them as show plates.
    I dont think i can get any locally.

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    I got mine from here

    http://www.vintage-plates.co.uk/vintage-plates.htm

    if you work through the order form the size of the plate is displayed.....

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    We had this a few months ago and I asked our VOSA man about it, Matt. It's on a thread somewhere.
    Show plates are not allowed on a public highway. All plates made in England, Wales, Scotland and N ireland now must be from an authorised maker who takes the details and is liable for a very hefty fine if they don't. Ireland is the place people get them as they aren't part of the UK. As not many people are licenced to sell B and W plates, due to the very low demand for legal plates, it's probably a way to remove them from the roads as it is a pain to get a set.

    We make our own at work, but every set has to be logged and the V5 eleven digit identifier number is entered as the authority and is the one they check against. If a customers car fails the MOT on a plate and we didn't suppy the vehicle, they have to bring in the proper documents or we won't make one up. Even though we have the car there and have checked the VIN. A bit stupid, but that's the rules.

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    Hi Matt,

    I asked a similar question for my 72 SIII, Jayhoe came back with these potential sources of Black and White plates

    http://pl8s.co.uk/1963-to-1973.php
    http://www.marksdanes.com/plates.php
    http://www.classic-number-plate.com/
    http://www.vintagecarparts.co.uk/en/...essed-details/

    If you check the DVLA regulations you will find the following:


    Traditional plates for vehicles constructed before 1 January 1973:
    Vehicles constructed before 1.1.1973 may display traditional style “black and white”
    plates i.e. white, silver or grey characters on a black plate.



    The characters size must meet the dimensions in one of the two groups below:

    Group 1 Group 2
    Character height 89 mm 79 mm
    Character width (except the figure 1 or letter I) 64 mm 57 mm
    Character stroke 16 mm 14 mm
    Space between characters 13 mm 11 mm
    Space between groups 38 mm 33 mm
    Top and bottom margins 13 mm 11 mm
    Side margin 25 mm 11 mm
    Last edited by bluesuit; 16th Jan 2010 at 18:43. Reason: formatting table

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