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The values of top quality number plates are growing, worldwide. With each year that passes, international records for the highest prices paid are being shattered. As you can see from the video on this page, people are already paying millions of pounds for a single registration in some parts of the world. The UK is a little more cautious, but outstanding examples can command prices in excess of a quarter of a million pounds.
Spending a few hundred pounds on a personalised number plate is something most people are quite comfortable with. The increasing number of private registrations sold in the UK each year demonstrates that. It isn’t very surprising, as a good registration can do more to personalise a vehicle than any other change. A flashy spoiler or custom paint job may be eye-catching, but no one can guarantee it will be unique. With a private registration, that is exactly what is guaranteed – uniqueness, forever.
It is, perhaps, harder for some people to understand why owners willingly pay many thousands of pounds for their ultimate personalised number plates. While there is still a fun aspect, even to the most expensive and sought-after registrations, many owners also have very serious reasons for their purchases. In fact, “investments” is probably a more appropriate word to use in these cases.
The factors that dictate the value of a registration number are many and varied. With initials, it is mostly the number of people who have those particular initials. If that number is large, then the potential demand is considerable and that can make some “initials” plates fairly valuable. With names and words, the value comes from a combination of potential demand and the quality of the number from a visual point of view. With “number 1” plates, the value is due to exclusivity and prestige.
An increasing number of sharp-eyed buyers have the knack of spotting those number plates with the most potential. They purchase them speculatively, with the intention of selling later at a profit. And it really is a serious investment, in just the same way as investment in stocks and shares, or in art. Former Top Gear presenter Quentin Willson is famously quoted as saying that a good personal registration could be “better than money in the bank”.
Furthermore, there is an emerging market in private number plates for marketing, PR and branding in business. Sir Alan Sugar and Dragons’ Den moguls Duncan Bannatyne, and Theo Paphitis all recognise the usefulness of private plates when it comes to building and reinforcing an image. Sir Alan’s AMS 1 plate featured prominently in the opening sequence of The Apprentice. Paphitis, who is famous for his association with Ryman and La Senza, has a particular eye for the branding potential of plates. He owns RYM 4N and LA53 NZA.
Please scroll down the table to see the full list.
|1||25 O||£518,480||Nov 2014||Story & video|
|2||F 1||£440,625||Jan 2008||video|
|3||S 1||£404,063||Sep 2008|
|4||1 D||£352,411||Mar 2009||Info & video|
|5||M 1||£331,500||Jun 2006|
|6||VIP 1||£285,000||Jan 2006|
|7||N 70||£276,000||Jan 2013|
|8||GS 1||£258,775||Jul 2005|
|9||51 NGH||£254,000||Apr 2006|
|10||1 RH||£247,952||Nov 2008|
|11||KR15 HNA||£233,360||May 2015|
|12||K1 NGS||£231,000||Dec 1993|
|13||1 O||£210,242||Jan 2009||Info & video|
|14||1 OO||£197,000||Apr 2006|
|15||1 OOO||£160,000||Dec 1989|
|1 A||£160,000||Dec 1989|
|17||2 O||£142,249||Mar 2009|
|18||250 L||£130,328||Nov 2014|
|19||6 B||£130,000||Sep 2008|
|20||458 SA||£129,680||Sep 2015|
|21||1 HRH||£113,815||Jan 2009|
|22||MR51 NGH||£101,050||Apr 2006|
|23||6 O||£100,216||Dec 2009|
|24||KR15 HAN||£98,576||May 2015|
|26||3 S||£94,035||Jan 2009|
|25||9 O||£93,183||Mar 2010|
|27||10 O||£92,920||Oct 2010|
|28||458 S||£90,800||May 2015|
|29||50 O||£89,504||Sep 2015|
|30||5 O||£87,854||Oct 2009|
|31||S1 NGH||£86,000||Nov 1998|
|32||7 O||£82,814||Jun 2010|
|33||1 0000||£80,288||Jan 2010|
|34||JS 1||£80,000||Mar 1990|
|35||RU55 ELL||£79,314||Apr 2006|
|36||DH11 LON||£79,136||Feb 2012|
|38||488 S||£76,544||Sep 2015|
|37||100 O||£71,360||Sep 2012|
|39||8 O||£69,552||Aug 2010|
|40||MUS 1C||£65,000||Dec 1989|
|41||250 GT||£64,880||Sep 2015|
|42||12 O||£63,290||Feb 2011|
|43||1 TSD||£63,236||Aug 2010|
|44||3 O||£63,129||Jun 2009|
|4 O||£63,129||Aug 2009|
|46||A5 TON||£61,000||Nov 2000|
|47||675 LTS||£60,065||Feb 2016|
|48||1 C||£56,000||Mar 2000|
|49||1 T||£56,000||Dec 1989|
|50||S1 UNY||£54,512||Oct 2009|
Prices include estimated fees and taxes.
To find out more about the investment potential of high-quality personal number plates, please visit this page:
The Alternative Investment