Personalised number plates are certainly not just for the super rich and you don’t need to break the bank to get your very own private plate. However, there are a few highly sought after plates that sell for eye-watering sums of cash.
Here is a rundown of the five most expensive plates ever sold around the world to date.
1. Registration Number ‘1’
The astounding sum of £7.25 million is the highest price paid ever for a plate. Abu Dhabi property mogul Saeed Abdul Ghaffar Khouri snapped it up in 2008. He later commented: ‘I bought it because it’s the best number’.
2. Registration Number ‘25 O’
This is the most expensive plate that has been sold here in the UK. A cool £518,000 bought John Collins this plate in 2014 at a DVLA auction. Rumour has it that it is now on his Ferrari 250SWB, a car that used to belong to Eric Clapton and is believed to be worth around £10 million.
3. Registration Number ‘F 1’
A businessman from Bradford, Afzal Khan, bought this number plate in 2008. He secured it for £440,000. It is reported that he would consider selling it, but it would have to be at the right price.
4. Registration Number ‘S 1’
‘S 1’ is a historic plate. It’s thought that it was the first one ever to be bought in Scotland. It originally belonged to Sir John HA MacDonald, who served as Lord Justice Clerk of Scotland from 1888 to 1919. It was issued in Edinburgh to its proud owner in 1903 when motor registration marks were introduced. In 2008, it was bought for £404,000 by an anonymous buyer.
5. Registration Number ‘VIP 1’
In 2006, Russian billionaire and owner of Chelsea Football Club Roman Abramovich bought ‘VIP 1’ for £285,000.
While these personalised car registrations may be a little out of reach for most of us, you can still have your own bespoke plate to cherish. We have more than 50 million registrations on offer that start at a rather more reasonably priced £59.00 plus VAT and DVLA transfer fee. So why not splash out in 2017 on a little something just for you? Dont forget, Valentines Day is just round the corner.