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History of Single Letter Number 1's

Below we have listed the most sought after number plates issued in the UK. Collectively, we estimate them to be collectively worth around £55million

  • A 1

A 1 - Issued 1903 in London - The first and possibly the most expensive number plate in the UK. Currently valued at £5mil.  Owned by Foreign Royalty and currently registered to a 2007 Black Mini Cooper, kept on an exclusive residential street in North London.  The vehicle was actually SORN for around 10 years, so probably has very few miles on the clock.

  • 1 A

1 A - Issued after being sold at Bonhams DVLA Auction in Dec 1989.  Sold to foreign Royalty in 1995/96

  • B 1

B 1 - Issued 1904 in Lancashire. 

  • 1 B

1 B - DVLA Auction 1994.  4 B owned by CarReg

  • C 1

C 1 - Issued 1904 in Yorkshire (West Riding C.C) - Sold in 2018 by Mr Cashmore from Sutton Coldfield who had owned for almost 40 years! He purchased the mark back in 1979.  Estimated value in excess of £500,000.  C 2 owned by Lady Carole Bamford of JCB family.

  • 1 C

1 C - DVLA Auction April 2000.  9 C owned by CarReg

  • D 1

D 1 – Issued 1903 in Kent.  Currently Owned by Indian business man,  also D3, D5

  • 1 D

1 D - DVLA Auction March 2009.  2nd highest grossing sale at DVLA Auction since 1989 selling for approx £362,000 including fees.  The ideal plate for any member of boy band 1 Direction!  3D owned by CarReg

  • E 1

E 1 - Issued 1904 in Staffordshire.  E 6 owned by CarReg

  • 1 E

1 E - DVLA Auction December 1994.

  • F 1

F 1 - Issued 1904 to Essex C.C.  Sold in 2008 by Essex County Council (104 year ownership), Currently owned by Afzal Kahn, the owner of Kahn Design,  was sold by Bonhams

  • 1 F

1 F - Issued 1957. Sold by Bonhams Aucioneers in 2005

  • G 1

G 1 - Issued Dec 1903 in Glasgow.

  • 1 G

1 G - DVLA Auction Jan 1994

  • H 1

H 1 – Issued 1904 in Middlesex.  Sold by agent CarReg in 2017 got lots of history on this Changed hands in 2017 after being owned by same family for over 50 years.

  • 1 H

1 H - DVLA Auction Jan ‘95.  3 H owned by CarReg

  • J 1

J 1 - Issued Dec 1903 in Durham C.C.

  • 1 J

1 J - DVLA Auction Jan ‘95.    5 J owned by CarReg

  • K 1

K 1 - Issued Dec 1903 in Liverpool C.B.C.  Now owned by Mr Iqbal, a cherished number trader based in Berkshire.  K 5 owned by CarReg

  • 1 K

1 K - Issued 1960.                  5 K & 8 K owned by CarReg

  • L 1

L 1 - Issued Jan 1904 in Glamorgan C.C

  • 1 L

1 L - DVLA Auction Jan 1995

  • M 1

M 1 - Issued Dec 1903 in Cheshire. Sold by Bonhams at Goodwood Festival of speed in 2006 for £331K.  Owned by Cheshire based businessman.

  • 1 M

1 M - Issue date unknown.    8 M and 9 M owned by CarReg

  • N 1

N 1 - Issued Jan 1904 in Manchester

1 N - Issued date unknown (1960’s)

  • O 1

O 1 - Issued Jan 1904 in Birmingam C.B.C.  O 6 owned by CarReg

  • 1 O

1 O - DVLA Auction Jan 2009

  • P 1

P 1 - Issued Jan 1904 to Surrey C.C.  P 2 once owned by CarReg

  • 1 P

1 P - DVLA Auction Dec 1996.      2 P owned by CarReg

  • R 1

R 1 - Issued Dec 1903 to Derbshire C.C

  • 1 R

1 R - Issued 1962 to Derbyshire C.C (pictured at the bottom of this page)

  • S 1

S 1 - Issued Dec 1903 to Edinburgh B.C.  Sold in 2008 by Bonhams auctioneers

  • 1 S

1 S - DVLA Auction Dec 1990.

  • T 1

T 1 - Issued Jan 1904 to Devonshire C.C.

  • 1 T

1 T - DVLA Auction Dec 1989.

  • U 1

U 1 - Issued Jan 1904 to Leeds C.B.C

  • 1 U

1 U - Issued 1957

  • V 1

V 1 - Issued Jan 1904 to Lanarkshire C.C

  • 1 V

1 V - DVLA Auction Dec 1996

  • W 1

W 1 - Issued Jan 1904 to Sheffield C.B.C

  • 1 W

1 W - DVLA Auction Dec 1996

  • X 1

X 1 - Issued Dec 1903 to Northumberland C.C

  • 1 X

1 X - DVLA Auction March 1996

  • Y 1

Y 1 - Issued Dec 1903 to Somerset C.C

  • 1 Y

1 Y - DVLA Auction March 1996.  6 Y owned by CarReg

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