Top 10 Most Expensive Car Plates in the UK
Let’s check the top 10 most expensive car plate in the UK. There are many personalised registration plates that range from tens to hundreds of thousands of pounds. These most expensive car plate are characterised by the age of the plate, the individual’s initials and a single number though this is not always the case. It’s not surprising then that private number plate dealers are faced with questions regarding the most expensive private registration plates ever sold.
10. 1 O – £210,242
The minimalist jewel, never released before. This most expensive car plate was sold at a DVLA auction in Whittlebury Hall hotel in Northamptonshire to a private buyer. It was the first release of the ‘O’ series.
9. K1 NGS – £231,000
This most expensive car plate was sold in 1993. It is alleged that this sale marked the beginning of an explosion in the market for personalised number plates. An anonymous bidder, possibly an Arab Sultan, secured the regal crown.
8. 1 RH – £247,652
This most expensive car plate went under the hammer for 30 times its reserve at a DVLA auction in South Yorkshire, November 2008. Exceeding his planned budget, winning bidder businessman Robert Harverson.
7. 51 NGH – £254,000
This most expensive car plate sold in 2006 to a Sikh, this cherished plate had previously generated a lot of interest since Singh is a popular name in the Sikh community. 51 NGH is the most expensive Asian number plate sold in the UK.
6. GS 1 – £258,775
It was auctioned off in July 2005 in Perth, Scotland and was originally registered in January 1928 by Perth County Council. This is one of the most expensive car plate in the UK.
5. VIP 1 – £285,000
Chelsea owner and Russian oil oligarch Abramovich chose to put his VIP 1 number plate on his Rolls-Royce Corniche IV. The most expensive car plate was bought in 2006 with the billionaire tycoon’s pocket change for £285,000. This plate was once placed on the Pope-mobile for Pope John Paul II’s papal visit to Ireland.
4. M1 – £331,500
This most expensive car plate as a gift for his ten-year-old-son, Mr McCoomb bought this number plate following the £40 million sale of his mobile phone company in 2006. Sold at Bonhams Auctions, Chichester, this was the first registration number to be issued in Cheshire at the beginning of the last century.
3. 1D – £352,411
Property developer Nabil Bishara bought this most expensive car plate as a surprise for his wife’s Bentley. Sold in March 2009 at a DVLA auction in Warwickshire.
2. S1 – £404,062
Bought at Bonhams auction, Chichester, the bidder was reported to have said it would adorn their “old red Skoda.” The most expensive car plate was sold in Chichester, West Sussex, in September 2008.
1. F1 – £440,625
The record price was set for a British vehicle registration number when businessman Afzal Khan paid a total of £440,625 for the Formula One initials. The Bradford entrepreneur assigned it to his Mercedes-Benz McLaren, which cost £200,000 less than the number plate. The most expensive car plate was sold at a DVLA auction in January 2008.