Alan Player has long coveted the number P14 YER; in fact, he has had his eye on it since before P prefix plates were released. He sent a cheque to a plate dealer in an altempt to secure the number but his payment was returned with a letter explaining that P14 YER was to be sold at auction. It was a year and a half before he received details of the auction.
“I wanted the plate so badly that I got a loan of £13,000 hoping that would be enough to get it,” Alan says. “When the bidding started it was fast and furious, but I wasn’t going to give up. The friend I had taken along to the sale room with me said that my wife was going to kill me – especially as it was our anniversary! The bidding stopped at £7,600, but after taxes and fees the total cost was closer to £10,000.
“That evening I took my wife out for a meal. Once she found out what I had spent I was lucky that the whole thing didn’t end up in a divorce. Fortunately, now she can see that it was a good investment.”
Even once the wrath of his wife had been evaded, Alan was still faced with a slight problem… He didn’t own a car onto which he could transfer his new plate.
“All I had was an N-reg Mondeo. As I couldn’t make my car look newer by putting the P prefix plate on it, I swapped my car for a Suzuki Baleno with a girl I used to go out with. She wanted a bigger car for her kids, and I didn’t care what I had as long as it had a P registration so my plate could go on it!”
Towards the end of 2008, Alan bought a Ford Focus, but he wouldn’t let it leave the show room until it had his P14 YER plate on it. Once again, his wife was less than pleased. “She wanted the car there and then.
“Ultimately I would like to see the plate on a Mustang, but that is still a few years away. I would consider selling P14 YER, but only for a serious amount. Other than that, I see myself handing it down to my son who at present is only seven.”