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The Most Expensive License Plates In The UK

To those drivers who are most car-proud, owning a personalised number plate is the ultimate status symbol. With so many cars now on our roads, having a unique plate makes you stand out from the crowd and can show individuality.

Some are willing to pay millions just to have the fewest amount of numbers or letters emblazoned on their vehicle.

Here is a countdown of the top 10 most expensive license plates currently known to the DVLA in the UK…



10.  1 O - £210,000


An anonymous bidder bought this particular plate via a telephone auction in 2009. The minimalism of its numbers and digits likely led to a boosted final sale price.

9.  K1 NGS - £231,000

Supposedly purchased by an Arab Sultan in 1993, it is now fixed to a black 1995 Bentley.

8.  1 RH - £247,000

Retired Surrey businessman Robert Harverson was so determined to buy this plate, featuring his own initials, in 2006 that he paid over 30 times the reserve price at auction.

7.  51 NGH - £254,000

This was sold in 2006 for just over a quarter of a million at a DVLA auction. Its high valuation may be explained by its resemblance to the popular Sikh surname ‘Singh.’

6.  VIP 1 - £285,000

Roman Abramovich, the Russian billionaire owning Chelsea FC, purchased this plate in 2006. Rather uniquely, it was once affixed to the Popemobile for Pope John Paul II’s visit to Ireland in 1979!

5.  M 1 - £331,000

Purchased for his son’s sixth birthday, the wealthy businessman who bought this number plate was receiving a piece of history; it was the first registration issued in Cheshire, dating back to 1902. Proceeds from the sale went towards a charitable trust helping to preserve the local Tatton Park estate.

4.  1 D - £352,000

Lebanese property-developer Nabil Bishara succeeded in winning this at a DVLA auction in 2009. He chose to place it on his wife’s 2006 Bentley Continental GTC 6.0 W12 Convertible.

3.  S 1 - £404,000

A historic number plate which was the first ever to be issued in Edinburgh and originally belonged to a key figure in the development of the motoring industry. On the market for the first time since 1903, it fetched a hefty price at auction. Ironically, the anonymous buyer said that he would be placing it on an old red Skoda!

2.  F 1 - £440,000

Car businessman Afzal Khan from Bradford bought this number plate in 2008, allocating it to his McLaren-Mercedes SLR. There were rumours that he was willing to sell it for £6 million in 2013, although these were later proved to be false and he continues to hold onto it today.

1.  25 O - £518,000

The current record holder for a UK registration plate sold at auction. Classic car dealer John Collins spent over half a million to secure this particular plate in 2014, fighting off rival bids from businessmen and collectors alike. Mr Collins chose to put the plate on a vehicle befitting its large price tag - a 1961 Ferrari 250 SWB thought to be worth around £10 million.


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Posted on 8th August 2017 at 1:39 PM

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