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What are the most expensive number plates ever sold in the UK?


PERSONAL number plates are luxury products, and normally cost a few hundred pounds,

But, in some cases the price can stretch well into the thousands if the registration number is deemed particularly valuable.

 Some number plates have become very creative

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Some number plates have become very creativeCredit: Alamy

How much can a registration plate really sell for?

Considering it costs just £55 to register a car in the UK, anything above that seems like a questionable expenditure.

And while spending a few hundred quid on one might be a fun indulgence or gift, spending hundreds of thousands means you probably have too much money.

It’s not uncommon for these number plates to be worth more than the cars they’re attached to.

Here are the some of most expensive licence plates ever sold in Britain.

GB 1- £325,000

Said to be the most patriotic number plate in the country, the “GB 1” picked up value post-Brexit.

Another plate housed on a Rolls-Royce, it was sold to a private buyer in 2009 for £325,000.

However if it was sold now, it is estimated the plate would fetch close to £500,000.

M 1 – £331,500

When this plate was purchased in 2006, the private buyer claimed it was for his 10-year-old son.

It sure would have been one expensive accessory for the back of his bicycle.

At the moment it’s fitted to a Bentley.

1 S – £340,000

Yet another Rolls-Royce registration, the “1 S” was bought in 2010 and is fitted to a Phantom.

It is now estimated to have doubled in value.

D1 – £352,411

This plate allegedly sits on a Bentley Bentayga, which starts at just £135,800.

That means that when the plate was purchased in 2009, it went for more than twice the price of the car it was for.

 The "D 1" is one of a number of rare plates to be registered to Rolls-Royce vehicles

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The “D 1” is one of a number of rare plates to be registered to Rolls-Royce vehiclesCredit: Platewave.com

S 1 – £404,063

The “S 1” is thought to be the first ever legal registration plate in Scotland.

First sold in 2008, the plate now has an estimated value of closer to £1 million.

F 1 – £440,625

This unique registration has the potential to become the UK’s most valuable.

It was purchased for just under half a million pounds by car-tuning tycoon Afzal Kahn in 2006, but has since increased its valued significantly.

Kahn allegedly turned down a £6 million offer in 2014, and had the plate on the market for almost £10 million.

It is still registered to Kahn’s Bugatti Veyron.

 The F1 number plate was purchased for just under half a million pounds

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The F1 number plate was purchased for just under half a million poundsCredit: SWNS:South West News Service

RR 1 £472,000

No prizes for guessing what type of car currently wears “RR 1” as its number plate.

This exclusive plate is currently on a 2017 Roller.

The plate dates back to 1925.

G 1 – £500,000

Formerly the most expensive plate in the UK, it sold at auction for exactly half a million pounds in 2011.

The plate now sits on a 2015 model Aston Martin.

 The 25 O number plate is worth millions

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The 25 O number plate is worth millionsCredit: SWNS:South West News Service

X 1 – £502,500

The “X1” was bought by a private buyer in 2012.

According to the DVLA, it is registered to a 2008 Mercedes.

25 O – £518,480

The most expensive plate in the UK was purchased by classic car dealer John Collins.

Selling for just over half a million pounds in 2014, it was the perfect plate to be fitted to his Ferrari 250 GT SWB, worth a staggering £10 million.





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