Expensive Number Plates

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An infographic showing Britain's top 30 most expensive personal number plates.

Personal number plates are now considered to be like fine wines, classic cars - an alternative investment.

The values of top quality examples are growing, worldwide. You may find it hard to believe that eight of the ten most expensive UK number plates have been purchased since the onset of the 2007/2008 financial crisis and its subsequent ramifications. People are already paying millions of pounds for a single registration in some parts of the world. In the UK, outstanding examples command prices in excess of half a million pounds.

Over two thirds of the top 50 most expensive number plates were sold by Regtransfers

Duncan Bannatyne's 23 D

It's the easiest thing in the world to sell and buy a number plate through Regtransfers.

Duncan Bannatyne OBE

John Collins with 25 O

It is the ultimate plate for the ultimate car. I could have bought a really good Ferrari for the money but I decided I really wanted the plate and I wasn't going to stop bidding on it.

John Collins

James Caan with 28 JC

If you look back over the last ten years, the value of number plates has gone up a lot.

James Caan

Those are the very top performers but if you want more then see our expanded table below featuring the full top 50!

To find out more about the investment potential of high-quality personal number plates, please visit this page: The Alternative Investment

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 the fact. That shouldn’t surprise us; 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.


Highest Prices Paid for UK Personal Number Plates

# Plate Price Date Value *
1 25 O More details £518,480 Nov 2014 £750,000
2 X 1 £502,500 Nov 2012 £1,000,000
3 G 1 £500,000 Sep 2011 £1,000,000
4 RR 1 £472,000 Sep 2018 £500,000
5 F 1 More details £440,625 Jan 2008 Asking £10,000,000
6 S 1 £404,063 Sep 2008 £1,000,000
7 1 D More details £352,411 Mar 2009 £500,000
8 1 S £340,000 Mar 2010 £600,000
9 M 1 £331,500 Jun 2006 £1,000,000
10 GB 1 £325,000 Nov 2009 £500,000
11 D 2 £300,096 Oct 2015 £350,000
12 VIP 1 £285,000 Jan 2006 £500,000
13 1 BM £285,000 Dec 2014 £300,000
14 V 1 £275,000 Jan 2006 £1,000,000
15 S 5 £270,300 Mar 2016 £400,000
16 GN 1 £260,146 Oct 2016 £300,000
17 GS 1 £258,775 Jul 2005 £500,000
18 51 NGH £254,000 Apr 2006 £500,000
19 1 RH £247,952 Nov 2008 £300,000
20 MS 1 £235,000 Sep 2007 £500,000
21 MG 1 £235,000 Sep 2009 £350,000
22 KR15 HNA £233,360 May 2015 £250,000
23 K1 NGS £231,000 Dec 1993 £500,000
24 Y 1 £225,000 Apr 2006 £1,000,000
25 R 9 £220,000 Mar 2016 £250,000
26 1 O More details £210,242 Jan 2009 £500,000
27 LD 1 £210,000 Nov 2013 £300,000
28 1 A £202,480 Dec 1998 £500,000
29 JH 1 £200,000 Jul 2009 £400,000
30 SM 1 £200,000 Sep 2014 £300,000
31 FS 1 £200,000 Aug 2016 £300,000
32 BOB 1 £200,000 Jun 2016 £250,000
33 1 JL £200,000 Jun 2016 £250,000
34 CH 1 £200,000 Jul 2016 £250,000
35 1 OO £197,000 Apr 2006 £250,000
36 1 MB £190,000 Nov 2015 £300,000
37 LT 1 £180,000 Jun 2007 £300,000
38 1 KF £180,000 Oct 2015 £200,000
39 KB 1 £180,000 Mar 2011 £350,000
40 D 9 £175,000 Jun 2015 £250,000
41 SP 1 £175,000 Jun 2016 £300,000
42 LF 1 £175,000 Aug 2015 £250,000
43 MB 1 £170,000 Jun 2002 £500,000
44 L 2 £170,000 Nov 2011 £300,000
45 SR 1 £167,500 Sep 2007 £300,000
46 PN 1 £164,904 Jan 2011 £250,000
47 1 MS £160,000 Mar 2015 £250,000
48 GB 2 £160,000 Jan 2010 £250,000
49 GP 1 £159,920 Aug 2011 £300,000
50 MP 1 £159,877 Jun 2005 £300,000
51 2 O £142,249 Mar 2009 £200,000
52 250 L £130,328 Nov 2014 £250,000

Why do people do it?

What is it that makes someone willing to pay thousands of pounds for their ultimate personalised registration number? 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.

Did you know?

  • The top 15 most expensive were all over quarter of a million pounds
  • The top 3 most expensive were all over half a million pounds
  • 64% of the top 50 most expensive were £200,000 or over

A case of Business savvy

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We’ve been dealing with Registration Transfers now for nearly 25 years, they’ve supplied a hell of a lot of number plates for us, and you can see the amount of publicity that we get. Celebrity customers that use us, in the paper, everybody seems to mention the vans, everybody mentions the number plates.

It’s our biggest form of advertisement, and hopefully we can continue to work with Registration Transfers for years to come. They have offered us a great service which has certainly got us, the company, to the position we are in today as the most known plumbing company in the world.

Charlie Mullins, Pimlico Plumbers

For fun. Mostly

Fun and sheer enjoyment drive the vast majority of number plates purchases, but increasing number of buyers purchase their private registrations speculatively, with the intention of selling later at a profit; and it really is a serious investment, as serious 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". The earliest numbers issued in Britain are now much more than 100 years old, thus meeting the widely applied age criterion that defines an antique.

As an investment

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.

See also The World's Most Expensive Number Plates.

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