CLEVER DESIGN, STURDY CONSTRUCTION, SIMPLY THE BEST NO-HOLES MOUNT ON THE MARKET
- Avoid tickets without drilling your bumper.
- Fits right and will not alarm your PDC sensors.
- Quick release design for easy removal.
- 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.
Quick Release Feature
This updated version of the Platypus has a key-hole feature in the backplate that makes it very easy to remove without having to take your license plate off. Use the included low profile wrench to slightly loosen the bolt that attaches the backplate, then slide the backplate off of the stud. The plate is balanced to ensure that even if it were to come loose accidentally, it would still hang on the stud so that your plate does not fall off.
There's a Design for nearly every Mini Vehicle
Mini's are our bread and butter. They are where it all started for us. We've got one from each generation in the shop. You can rest assured that we have determined the perfect fit for your Mini.
*If you've got rally lights, let us know when you order and we'll throw in an extra part that will allow you to mount your plate without contacting the lights.
*At this time we have only confirmed fitment on a base model F60 without parking sensors. If your new Countryman is an S, has parking sensors, or the off-road bumper, please send us an email and we would be happy to determine a fit for you.
- Cooper R50 (2001-2006)
- Cabrio and Cabrio S R52 (2004-2008)
- Cooper S R53 (2002-2006)
- Clubman and Clubman S R55 (2008-2010)
- Clubman and Clubman S R55N (2011-2015)
- Cooper R56 and Cooper S R56 (2007-2010)
- Cooper and Cooper S R56N (2011-2013)
- Cabrio and Cabrio S R57 (2009-2010)
- Cabrio and Cabrio S R57N (2011-2015)
- Coupé and Coupé S R58 (2012-2015)
- Roadster and Roadster S R59 (2012-2015)
- Countryman and "S" R60 (2011-2016)
- Countryman F60 (2017)
- Paceman and Paceman S R61 (2013-2015)
- Cooper and Cooper S F56 (2014+)
- Cooper and Cooper S 5-Door F55 (2015+)
- Clubman and Clubman S F54 (2016+)
- Convertible and Convertible S F57 (2016+)
Product ReviewsWrite Review
License plate holder
Posted by Unknown on 12th Jun 2017
Sits well and looks good. Easy to mount.
Posted by Unknown on 2nd Mar 2017
Easy installation and looks great
Quick and Simple, Yet Elegant
Posted by Jim Mesack on 28th Dec 2016
The installation was very simple. Anyone that knows how to use a wrench should be able to perform the installation. The ONLY thing that might improve this is to have a partial plug to help cover the space around the anchor bolt. It would complete the finish.
Just What We Needed
Posted by Unknown on 9th Dec 2016
After getting pulled over 3 times in one day for no front plate, we ordered the front plate mount. It's great. Fits perfectly, seems sturdy enough, and I'm not getting pulled over anymore (at least for the missing front plates).
Posted by Bill Breen on 5th Oct 2016
I ordered this the same day I order my 2016 Mini Countryman S/R60, as the drop down menu indicated it was needed. I don't know what model year the change was made but my Mini came with a front plate holder. It looks like a factory option, incidentally.
Posted by Unknown on 19th Jul 2016
Literally took out of box removed bumper cover installed stem. Mounted plate holder. Install licenses plate. About 5 minutes. DONE
Posted by Steven Fields on 17th Apr 2016
I got one of these for my '12 Roadster, however, needed to get some nylon washers for the screw in post so that the bolts holding the license plate to the base mount did not rub or scratch the front bumper when putting on or off. Found the nylon washers at "Tacoma Screw". Great product other wise. Nylon washers also tend to act as lock washers so that the plate does not shift.
Posted by Julie on 5th Feb 2016
Ordered this for my 2015 Mini Cooper S as I didn't want holes drilled in my " dream car ".
It was easy installation and looks great.
Very Very Pleased.
Just what the Mini Ordered
Posted by Steve on 7th Jan 2016
I called CravenSpeed and explained what I was looking for, and they recommended the MINI Platypus Pro-Series License Plate Mount. I was skeptical that it would work until i received it. Needless to say, no holes in the front bumper of my Mini, it works perfect!
If you have to have a front plate, this is the way to go!
Posted by M&M on 26th Nov 2015
Easy to install and well made. However, it does tend to shift if nudged as there doesn't seem to be a way to lock it into the perfect position.
Easy, fast install that looks great
Posted by TMB on 5th Nov 2015
We have been using our Platypus for several weeks. It took less than 15 minutes to install, and looks super- even better than in the online photos. We drive over rough, potholed gravel roads, and spend a lot of time on the interstate. Despite this abuse, the screws remain secure and tight, and the mount's metal does not flex or bend in the wind. Best of all, no screw holes in our Mini Countryman's bumper!
Posted by KJ on 21st Oct 2015
Fits perfectly and looks great
Stubby on my MINI. Excellent
Posted by Unknown on 21st Oct 2015
See my other review in Stubby Antenna area. The Stubby is great fit on the 2016 Countryman too.
side tow hook license plate mount for Mini
Posted by Marshall on 29th Apr 2015
My dealer told me about this item several cars ago, and I have used mine faithfully since. I got this new one for my wife's new car, and she loves the way it looks (very european) and doesn't require poking holes in the front facade of the car. This one is better than the partial one I own, because that one only mounts on the center of the plate, which gets bent on the side in the car wash (so I have to put the plate in a holder, then mount it on the Platypus). GREAT PRODUCT, everyone should have one!
exactly as advertised
Posted by V115567 on 5th Jan 2015
I was surprised how much play was in the plate after installed, now don't misunderstand. It is very solid plate of metal and will surely last forever, but i've already caught my pant leg on it and watched it flux. Shipping was also super fast.
Great Upgrade to the mount from first version!
Posted by Don Suiter on 12th Dec 2014
I had one of the first versions of this mount for our 2011 Countryman, this is a much better product, substantial, easy to mount and better clearances for the license plate. Kellen and his crew provide great long term customer support, he did not have to provide special handling for my old unit, but he did. Fast response, faster fix and fast shipping. Thank you, Don
Posted by David Segelstein on 26th Sep 2014
This frame is quite substantial and well made. The hardware is first rate. Screws are stainless and the post appears to be hard anodized. Craven Speed service is great — shipped was prompt, and when I asked for longer screws to accommodate an E-Z Pass license plate tag, Adam sent them immediately and with no cost to me. Perfect service all around.
Super easy and fantastic!
Posted by Mark on 15th Aug 2014
Love it! No more drilling to mount the mount that comes with the car. Did it in 5 minutes....looks great! High quality as well...so worth the money!
Posted by Phil on 8th Aug 2014
Heavy duty, well built product. Recommend they include lock washers to go along with the bolt that affixes the plate frame to the base. Even torqued down, the plate frame will move.
Redesign would make the base with a notched surface and the plate frame a solid piece with a matching notched surface to lock in place. Making it a solid piece would also eliminate flex and keep the plate frame from hitting the bumper.
Great Look, Surprisingly Sturdy, Complete Kit
Posted by Andy on 3rd Aug 2014
Fit Mini Countryman excellently, no interference with intake or lighting. Heavy gauge back plate very nice. I would never anticipate rusting on any supplied component. Expensive - yes, Worth it? I'm glad I bought it.
As advertized, nice product. Overpriced.
Posted by david gavin on 30th Jul 2014
When you need a specific thing you are kinda stuck with what is on the market. Platypus is a quality product and as other reviewers have already said, it is a snap to install. I am well satisfied with this product; however, I just can not understand the price tag. 79.00 is a bit outrageous for a license plate holder. Got a corner on the Mini Cooper market.
Posted by Andrea on 27th Jun 2014
Thank you for creating this product. For those that dont wish to destroy their front bumpers, this is the ONLY way to go!
Easy install! Conforms beautifully,and will not cover the fog light.I did add the OEM Cooper S license plate frame with it and it looks great.
Super Easy to Install and Looks Really Cool
Posted by Robert G. on 23rd Jun 2014
I only watched the video when I ordered the product. That's all it took for me to install it. Once installed (maybe took 1 minute) it looks really nice. I installed without a license plate frame as my black and white plate looks best without and better matches my black and white car.
So worth it!
Posted by Elizabeth A. on 26th May 2014
I was NOT about to drill holes in my brand new Roadster, but front tags are required in my state and the cops are really starting to crack down on folks who don't have them. Do yourself a favor and make sure you have the correct size socket (17mm) before you attempt to install this baby, otherwise you may be sitting in the parking garage swearing like I was. Once I had the right tools the installation was super quick, and it looks fantastic!