The most recent DVLA online auction has, once again, demonstrated the resilience and perhaps surprising buoyancy of the UK private plates market.
The auction, which took place from Wednesday 11th to Tuesday 17th May 2022, featured the usual mixture of the obvious names and words and those cryptic combinations that get us all wondering. There were also a number of nice, three-letter number-1 plates. Amongst the names were plates for Pat, Basil, Ian, Ana, Darrell and others.
For the artistically inclined there was P164 SSO; anyone clever enough to make sense of some of Pablo's more abstract works should have no trouble deciphering that one. Your blogger's favourite was the splendid VAN 606H. It is just a shame that Vincent isn't here to enjoy it.
There was a possible 'Ammo' number that rather surprised us, as it is the kind of combination that DVLA often withholds due to its possible link to firearms. PLA 271C was a fine 'plastic' registration, despite that substance rather falling out of favour. We just hope its purchaser remembers to recycle it when the time comes.
Of the 2,500 plates up for sale, 2,466 were snapped up by eager buyers. The top price paid was £100,245 (all prices are inclusive of fees and taxes) for PAT 3K, which could be a 'Patek' or 'Pat' name plate or, perhaps, a reference to posh Patek watches. 51 TES, an excellent 'sites' plate made £77,287. Rather more modestly priced was SHE 171E, a £14k bargain for any sheepdog lover!
Here's the list of the top 100 sales at the auction. See what gems you can spot.
|Prices include fees and taxes.|
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