360 Vehicle Management Ltd

vehicle procurement simplified


Call us on 0161 478 4330

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.

Our latest news

The UKs Best Scenic Drives
The UKs Best Scenic Drives
Taking Your Car Abroad? Here Is What You Need To Know
Taking Your Car Abroad? Here Is What You Need To Know
The Most Expensive License Plates In The UK
The Most Expensive License Plates In The UK
360s Guide To Fair Wear And Tear
360s Guide To Fair Wear And Tear

Contact us

Email : info@360vehicleleasing.co.uk

Telephone : 0161 478 4330

Company Address :
360 Vehicle Management Ltd
42 High Street


bvrla white x 60px

Membership No: 8160

360 VM is an appointed representative of Product Partnerships Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Product Partnerships Limited’s FCA registration number is 626349 and its address is Suite D2 Joseph’s Well, Hanover Walk, Leeds LS3 1AB. Product Partnerships Limited’s permitted business is to act as a Principal for a network of Appointed Representatives who arrange regulated credit facilities for customers who are purchasing goods from them.

360 VM acts as a credit broker not a lender. We can introduce you to a limited number of lenders who may be able to offer you finance facilities for your purchase. We will only introduce you to these lenders. We may receive a commission payment from the finance provider if you decide to enter into an agreement with them. The nature of this commission is as follows: we typically receive a fixed commission of £300 per lease entered into, however, this commission may vary in certain circumstances, for example, based upon the model of the vehicle and market influences. In these circumstances, the commission will not exceed a fixed percentage of the total amount of finance advanced. You can request for us to disclose the amount of any commission received. You may be able to obtain finance for your purchase from other lenders and you are encouraged to seek alternative quotations. If you would like to know how we handle complaints, please ask for a copy of our complaints handling process. You can also find information about referring a complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) at financial-ombudsman.org.uk

Registered in England & Wales with company number : 09533717 | Data Protection No : ZA128717 | VAT No : 211 7550 40

Registered Office : Ground Floor, Seneca House, Links Point, Amy Johnson Way, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY4 2FF

Disclaimer: All vehicle images and descriptions are for illustration and reference purposes only. please visit the relevant Manufacture website to view the most recent and up to date spec of the vehicle. As this could differ from the information on our website. All vehicle leases are subject to credit approval and subject to change at any time. E&OE.

Copyright © 2021 360 Vehicle Management Ltd, All rights reserved.

Powered by CALAS