Under The Hammer

2019 yielded a spectacular series of auction results for the UK’s top number plates. In July, DS 1 became the chart-topper, commanding an astonishing £324k. Close on its heels, however, was AJ 1 with a price tag of £315k in June. A trio of top plates was completed in July by IG 1 just behind at £287k.

The market for quality registrations shows no sign of diminishing and here’s a rundown of the other top sellers last year.

RegistrationPrice (GBP)Month
All prices quoted include estimated fees and taxes.
51 CK£88,208November
202 O£68,768July
32 O£50,624September
37 O£46,218May
HSK 1£44,144July
1 LJT£36,368July
31 O£34,035February
911 CM£32,739May
IG 9£32,480May
1 ASN£32,480February
110 S£32,480November
63 SVJ£31,184February
ADD 44M£31,184September
170 Y£30,536July

It’s easy to see why number plates are fast becoming a real alternative to conventional luxury asset investments such as classic cars, wine and jewellery. In percentage appreciation terms, private registrations have actually out-performed them all.

Couple this with the absence of maintenance and insurance costs and we are likely to see more of the same at the auction houses this year.


Recommended pages:

Buying private plates on a limited budget

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  • Car Magazine
  • CLassic And Sports Car Magazine
  • Country Life magazine
  • Daily Mail
  • Daily Telegraph
  • Easyjet
  • Google
  • Sunday Times
  • Top Gear Magazine

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