The UK’s Most Expensive UK Number Plates
You don’t have to be rich to own a personalised or private number plate and you can add a personal touch to your car from as little as £65. However, some sought after cherished registration numbers have changed hands for mind-boggling sums of money. Here are some of the most expensive number plates sold in the UK.
The 10 most expensive number plates in the UK
These ten numbers sold for staggering amounts, but they would fetch even more if they were auctioned today.
1. 25 O
At auction in November 2014, the registration number 25 O became the UK’s most expensive personalised plate when it sold for £400,000. With VAT and auctioneer’s fees the total price paid was a whopping £518,480!
The buyer was John Collins, a Ferrari specialist and classic car dealer who said he would have paid £1 million to secure the plate. John is passionate about the classic 1960s Ferrari 250 and he was determined to get the matching number plate at any cost.
The cost of the plate is dwarfed by the value of the car. A 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO sold at auction for over £52 million to become the world’s most expensive car. Another 250 GTO held second place having gone under the hammer for £30,750,300.
2. X 1
Close behind in value is the X 1 number plate which fetched £502,500 in November 2012. While not much is known about the plate’s owner, DVLA records show it as being currently attached to a Mercedes CLA bought within the last three years. If the plate were to be sold at auction today, estimates suggest it would go for a seven-figure sum. Perhaps if you own a BMW X1, you could be tempted?
3. G 1
In the year before X 1 became the record holder, G 1 held the top spot. It sold for £500.000 in September 2011. According to estimates the owner could double their money if they sold the number plate today. The plate is not currently in use.
4. RR 1
The number plate RR 1, currently registered to a Rolls-Royce Phantom, was purchased for £472,000 in September 2018. The last time the plate, originally issued in 1925, changed hands was in the 1960s when it sold for £5,000.
5. F 1
For motor racing fans, F 1 is the number plate they’d like to get their hands on. It was sold to Afzal Khan in 2008 for £440,625 and is displayed on a Bugatti Veyron, which is a considerable step up from the Volvo S80 it was previously registered to! While the number plate is not currently on the market, Mr Khan said that he would consider offers in excess of £10 million.
6. S 1
First issued in 1903, the historic S 1 was the first plate to be registered in Edinburgh. It was owned by Lord Kingsburgh, one of Scotland’s first car buyers, and it remained in his family for many generations. It was eventually sold to an anonymous buyer in 2008 for £404,063. It proved to be a shrewd investment as it has been valued at over £1 million. The plate is not currently shown as being in use.
7. 1 D
In June 2009, 1 D was sold at a DVLA auction for £352,411, which at the time could have bought you a Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé. Its estimated value today is £500,000, more than double the starting price of the Bentley Bentayga that the plate is currently attached to.
8. 1 S
In March 2010, 1 S was purchased for £340,000. Not currently registered to a vehicle, this registration number is estimated to have nearly doubled in value.
9. M 1
One of the earliest contenders for the most expensive number plate is M 1, which in June 2006 was sold for £331,500. The rare plate is registered to a Bentley Flying Spur but, if it were to go to auction today, its estimated value is a cool £1 million.
10. GB 1
For a patriotic Brit, GB 1 must be the most sought-after registration number. In November 2009 the plate went to a private buyer for £325,000. Currently being displayed on a Rolls-Royce Phantom, the number has been valued at £500,000. But, with Brexit being imminent, its value may well go up.
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