Super Plates – The Best Of The Best!
Welcome to our information page for “Super plates”. As we head into a more financially stable UK economy, the high end number plates are becoming more and more sought after. On current trends, it is reported that the wealthiest 1% will own more than 50% of the world’s wealth by 2016 (source BBC) Historicaly, valuable number plates have been compared with works of art, antique vehicles and even gold! No doubt about it, if Super Plates are purchased at the right time they are sure and secure investments..
Single letters and single numbers from A1 to Y9 (issued from 1903) and reversed; 1A to 9Y (issued via DVLA registrations auction starting in the late eighties) are becoming the ‘have to have’ accessory for the ultimate supercar, and we call them “Superplates”. We have approached some owners of this type of registration to be told that they are “just not for sale, not for any price, and that is unlikely to ever change”! For this reason, it makes valuing such number plates extremely difficult as money is no object when only the best (perfection) will do.
Valuing “Super Plates”
A single letter then a number 1 is considered to be the most valuable type of private registration. B1 for example is estimated to be worth around £500,000 possibly more! A 1 is purposely not valued here as we are told that this is just not for sale, the owner also owns 1 A! Many of the single letter/single number combinations (known in the trade as Single-Single’s) are totally unique and can be valued – they are worth what their owner thinks they are! You can read about combinations with the number 1 in our dedicated article.
Many Single-Single’s make ‘ ultimate initials’; 1T for example is good for an “IT” (Information Technology) company, D1 short for Diana, F1 (Formula 1, the owner of this number reportedly turned down an offer of £6,000,000), 3D (Graphics/Design/Animation), 4G (telecomms) could suit businesses in these lucrative sectors. H1 looks like Hi, L1 is a Chinese name, V1 & X1 (also L, C, D, M) are letters used as Roman numerals. Combinations with 4, 5, 6, 8, are also highly valued. At the moment Carreg have 4B (make a good AB), E6 (make a good EG), 5J (good for SJ), 8M (good for BM), K5 (good for KS) 6Y (good for GY). Some are a piece of British History/ English heritage and were originally owned by various Councils across the United Kingdom.
We also consider registrations that spell out names (particularly first names) to be “superplates”. These registrations substitute a letter with a mandatory numeric character. These plates are bought and sold for small fortunes (hundreds of thousands of £’s) and only the superrich can afford them nowadays. Many of these numberplates will have sold for tens of thousands of pounds at auction, even 25 years ago. Prime examples include those below;
Letter and Number Substitutions
Which super plates look similar to names and words? Our answer is pretty much most of them! With UK number plates certain numbers and letters may look like others, and some may sound similar. This means you can be clever and create a superplate with some simple substitutions. Examples; A1 .. AL (short for Alan). A2 .. AZ (short for AZZA). A5 .. AS (very popular initials) and so on. In some circumstances you can use a letter where you really want a number. This is a list of accepted substitutions;
A = 4, B = 8, E = 3, G = 6, L = 1 or 2, P = 9, Q = 0, R = 2 or 12, S = 5, T = 7, U = 11, Y = 7.
It is much easier to use a number in place of a letter. Here are some examples;
1 = L or I, 2 = Z or R, 3 = E or B, 4 = A, 5 = S, 6 = G, 7 = T, 8 = B, 9 = J or g , 12 = R, 13 = B.
Here are some examples of how these substitutions work in practice;
P1 LOT – P4 NTS – MUS 1C – BO 55 – FAS 7 – BOO 85 – J4 SON – LAM 80 – 51 NGH – S1 NGH.
With single letter/super plates, great examples are these numbers (which we have in stock) at Carreg;
[4B = AB] [9C = JC] [E6 = EG] [3H = BH] [5J = SJ] [3D = ED] [ K5 = KS] [O6 = OG] [P2 = PZ or PR] [2P = ZP] [6Y = GY]