Since buying my Lotus Elise in 2005, I have been pulled over three times for not having a license plate on the front of the car. Fortunately, the friendly police officers always seemed to let me go with just a warning. While I definitely don’t like the look of the license plate mounted up front, I really did not have one installed because there just is not a real good bracket out there.
Recently I came across a company that utilized the stock tow-ring nut located within the grill to mount a license plate bracket. It was a very sexy solution, and I got ready to plunk down my credit card. However, when I saw the final shopping cart price of $100, I decided to take a different course.
I found that an 8MM x 60MM bolt with the appropriate nuts and washers did an excellent job of mounting a left over garage door bracket to the front end of the car. I lined up the holes in the bracket with the license plate, and painlessly drilled a couple holes in the license plate to match up with the bracket holes. A few sprays of black paint, and it was ready to bolt-up. I think it turned out pretty well, and saved me a cool $100.