- Avoid tickets without drilling your bumper
- Fits right and will not alarm your PDC sensors
- Tough construction and rigid design, made in the USA
Avoid Tickets Without Drilling Your Bumper
The Platypus utilizes the existing tow eye in your bumper, so you do not have to drill any holes in your new car. This method of installing the front plate is common and legal in all states that require front license plates. At times when the plate is not needed, it can be removed easily, leaving no trace that it was ever there.
Fits Right and Will Not Alarm Your PDC Sensors
We have designed and tested hundreds of configurations on many current vehicle models and trim levels, this is not a one size fits all system. The model for your vehicle will sit tight to the bumper so that is looks like it was meant to be there, and it will also avoid setting off the sensors on your bumper (if you are having a sensor issue, troubleshoot it or contact us and we will resolve it!) Although it will sit close, the sturdy plate backing will not scratch your bumper no matter how you drive.
Tough Construction and Rigid Design, Made in the USA
The 12 gauge steel Plate Backing is full sized so that the edges of your license plate do not get bent in a car wash or otherwise. That plate has a black powdercoat baked on that will last forever. The Stud is lathe machined from 6061 aluminum and black anodized. We make them at the high end of the receivers tolerance so that the studs fits tight and stays put while you drive (this means that the stud will not go in without a wrench, like the stock tow hook does). The button head hardware is stainless steel, and uses an allen key to discourage theft. The hardware provided is the exact right length for your plate and will not stick through the back to scratch your bumper, if you would like to install a plate frame you will need a longer set of hardware for $1 here.
There's a Design for nearly every Mercedes Vehicle
We make a specific kit for almost every car Mercedes makes. If your car is on the list then you can be sure that we have worked with the local vehicles to test the fit. If you don't see your specific model, let us know and we would be happy to see if we can find a solution for you.
* Mercedes makes a lot of cars! At the time of this writing they have 25 vehicles available and each one has various trim levels and packages. If your car is an AMG or has a sport package, it's a good idea to contact us to check fitment first, unless the listing specifically states your model. If you get a mount that doesn't fit properly, we will not hesitate to fix it at our expense, just let us know!
- Mercedes B Class Electric Drive (2014+)
- Mercedes C Class W204 (2008-2014)
- Mercedes C Class W205 (2015+)
- Mercedes C Class Sedan (2015+) AMG
- Mercedes C Class Coupe (2012-2016)
- Mercedes CLA Class C117 (2014+)
- Mercedes CLA (2014+) AMG / Sport
- Mercedes CLS C218 (2011+)
- Mercedes E Class (2004-2010)
- Mercedes E Class W212 (2010-2012)
- Mercedes E Class Sedan W212 (2013+)
- Mercedes E Class Coupe (2015+)
- Mercedes GLA X156 (2014+)
- Mercedes GLA (2014+) AMG / Sport
- Mercedes GLC (2016+)
- Mercedes GLC (2016+) w/ Sport Bumper
- Mercedes GLE Coupe (2016)
- Mercedes GLE 4-Door (2016)
- Mercedes GLS AMG (2016)
- Mercedes GLK X204 (2010+)
- Mercedes GLK (2010+) Sport
- Mercedes ML Class (2006-2011)
- Mercedes ML Class (2012+)
- Mercedes S Class W221 (2007-2013)
- Mercedes S Class Sedan (2014+)
- Mercedes S Class Coupe (2015+)
- Mercedes S Class Coupe (2015+) AMG
- Mercedes SL (2012+)
- Mercedes SLK (2011+)
- Mercedes SLS W197 (2010+)
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Posted by MJ on 5th Dec 2016
Perfect fit. Easy to install.
Posted by Steven S. on 29th Sep 2016
Solid construction & excellent craftmanship were put into this product. I purchased a similar product from another company. Went thru an automatic car wash & it twisted the bracket & my license plate like a pretzel!
Cravenspeed's product is rigid & strong! I highly recommend it. Ordering another for my girlfriend's car.
Easy to install
Posted by Ed Cannon on 4th Aug 2016
This is a much better solution than drilling into the front bumper. It being off-center is not a problem for me. It was very easy to attach and seems very sturdy. Very fast delivery.
STURDY BUT NOT THEFT PROOF
Posted by Unknown on 27th Jun 2016
Heavy duty and easy to install. However, living in New Jersey, I am concerned that it can be stolen within a minute if someone recognizes the product.
Also, it would be nice if an option existed to include a matching heavy duty plate cover, even if it cost a bit more.
Ultra fast delivery.
NICE & EASY
Posted by Paul Parent on 4th May 2016
I HAD TO PURCHASE A FRONT LICENSE PLASTE HOLDER FOR MY SLK300. WENT ON LINE AND FOUND THIS GREAT PRODUCT. EASY TO INSTALL LOOKS VERY NICE.
Engineering and materials very high quality...
Posted by Dan Dice on 26th Apr 2016
Very impressed with the design and thought put into this product. Highly recommend anyone owning a high-end car or truck to use this as an option instead of Drilling holes in a priceless bumper.
Gives my Mercedes a very classy look and with the quality materials it's built with should last the lifetime of the car easily... My interaction with this company has been over the top impressive with quality support and follow-up to my questions in a very accurate and timely manner.
I would definitely Trust any of the products cravenspeed offers just for the fact that they stand behind what they sell.
Mercedes Benz Platypus
Posted by Gary Alameda on 20th Apr 2016
Very impressed with the quality of the mounting components. Mounted to my 2015 Mercedes Benz C-300 perfectly. Delivery was fast.
Works really bad on my ML350
Posted by Unknown on 16th Apr 2016
This product do interfere my parking sensor, so that I must keep it oblique, moreover it do affect my BAS (Pre-safe Brake) function, and it becomes inoperative.
Works great - getting another one!
Posted by Neil Webber on 31st Mar 2016
Works great, trivial installation. Buying another one for my other car!
Same one my Benz dealer sells
Posted by Scott on 17th Mar 2016
It was a bit funny, I stopped by my Benz dealer and was talking to the parts guy as he was checking in a dozen of these plate holders while we talked. Excellent device.
Best on the market
Posted by Marc on 28th Feb 2016
Sleek design, rugged & well constructed. Worth every penny, the best out there.
Great match to my 2008 C300 Sport 4Matic
Posted by TAKLON WU on 20th Jan 2016
Although the initial sent tow hook stud is longer, the customer service of CravenSpeed Platypus quickly reached me out and addressed my issue by replacing a shorter one. And now, the front plate holder looks cool as expected. Thanks.
Just What I Needed
Posted by Unknown on 18th Jan 2016
Easy install, quality product.
Posted by Unknown on 23rd Dec 2015
Great product. Just installed it today, will post a review on a forum. But overall, I'm very happy.
Easy install and looks great !
Posted by Unknown on 9th Nov 2015
The guys at Craven made this so easy. I originally purchased the wrong item and they reached out to me and helped me get the right part. I had my front license plate installed in about 4 minutes. What a great product.
If you can change a light bulb you can install the Platypus
Posted by Larry Klein on 4th Nov 2015
Simple design, easy to install, comes with all the necessary hardware; what more could you ask for? Prompt delivery, is 2 days fast enough? Nuff said!
Posted by Chris on 28th Oct 2015
My wife and I just got a B-Class Electric Drive and we almost forgot that we needed to get a front mount for our incoming license plate. It's our first Mercedes and we didn't want to ruin the car by screwing in a front mount for the license plate.
We came across this and it was easy to install. So far no issues I have noticed.
No holes in my Benz bumper!
Posted by AW on 28th Oct 2015
This is an excellent alternative to drilling holes in your bumper. It was quick and easy to installed. I also added a certified Mercedes Benz polished metal plate frame for a finishing touch.
Quality and American Made
Posted by Unknown on 20th Oct 2015
High quality product. A piece of art to adorn my car. Easy to install. Durable.
Fast & Easy install
Posted by Rudy on 24th Sep 2015
Looks great! Installed very easy.
Relocate you license plate in less than 5 minutes
Posted by Dave Tellem on 24th Aug 2015
Easy install. Even my kids could install. Need to put a license frame around plate so you don't cut yourself when walking too close to the relocated plate.
Great product but...
Posted by Unknown on 8th Jul 2015
Great product but I wish someone would have told me the placement of the plate would interfere with my park sensors. I now have to keep them off or they go off anytime I'm at a traffic light.
Note from CS: Most models do not interfere with parking sensors, and we offer full refunds if they do.
Super easy to install and looks amazing
Posted by Lexi on 2nd Jul 2015
Put this on my car last night and it couldn't have been easier.
You almost need no tools, just a couple of wrench bits to tighten the screws. It looks good! and I am no longer paranoid about getting 'no plate' parking tickets!
Works well for the GLK-350.
Thank you Cravenspeed.
Great product for cars w/o front license plate bracket
Posted by Paul on 22nd Jun 2015
Bought a used GLK-350 from a single-plate state, and didn't want to drill holes through it. Works like a charm.
Perfect for mounting license plates
Posted by Unknown on 15th Jun 2015
Wanting to not drill holes in my new EAMG wagon, I turned to Craven and they supplied the perfect product to let me mount a front license plate without doing any damage to the car. People look at the mounting and ask where I got it as they would like to do something similar but for them it is too late. Perhaps on their next car they will be able todo what i did.
Still questioning the look. But Love the product
Posted by Jeff R on 11th Jun 2015
If your goal is to never put a screw into your car, and you need a front licence plate in your state, then get this thing.
The off center look you either love or hate, but it definitely is a smart and well-built product that is so easy to install.
Beats a $65 No Front Plate Ticket in NYC...
Posted by Jay G on 29th May 2015
Easy to install..looks great and built to last...mine is strong a durable.
Good Temporary solution but plan to remove Before Every Carwash
Posted by Unknown on 14th May 2015
The carwash my wife went through had it's way with the plate and bracket but the stud held steady. I had to bend all four corners of the plate and the bracket that holds the plate back into place. That part is flimsy. If possible it would be good to have a quick release for that portion in a future design so you could easily take it off when needed.
I would not consider the Pro Series able to handle automatic car washes as advertised.
Craven speed orders are easy and not much involvement required.
I would order again if needed but it's not the answer I'm looking for.
Note: On an E350 the BAS functions are deactivated when it detects something inserted into the tow hitch and occasionally displays said message on your dash.
We love these!
Posted by Matt on 12th May 2015
We have bought several of these for our clients and they could not be happier. A great quality, good looking product!
As simple as it gets for MB C63
Posted by Skip on 2nd Apr 2015
I suspected that there would be some challenges with the installation in my MB C63. It is 6 years old with only 19K miles, but in New England, one worries about the effect of salt on the tow hitch socket, even behind the bumper. Car has never had a front plate attached and I wanted to preserve it's appearance.
Taking the cover off was easy and the stud inserted into the socket only with a half turn before binding. WD-40 solved the problem with along tip spray and more on the stud. Gently turning in and out freed the minimal corrosion and after a few turns with the hand, a 3/4" wrench finished the task. Aligned with a pocket level and all was well. Plate screws were a little short and barely accommodated the frame, but ultimately were secure. Angled bracket was perfectly setup for this installation.
Solid construction and not cheap, but the best solution
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