New Contribution By Niemans
MOST EXPENSIVE NUMBER PLATE IN UK / IN THE WORLD
What’s the most expensive number plate ever sold?
So, for those of you who are seeking the answer to this question, here are the compiled list of the top eight most expensive number plates of all time.
No 8. >>> ‘K1 NGS’ – $231,000
This regal number was sold in 1993 and held the British record for almost twelve years.
It’s not known who the buyer was, but this set a precedent for things to come and signaled a boom in the private number plates market.
No 7. >>> ‘GS 1’ – $258,775
GS 1 was sold at an auction in Perth, Scotland, it’s original issuing authority, on July 22nd 2005. Again, the buyer is unclear but one thing’s for sure – he had some money. The pre-auction estimate for this number was a comparatively paltry $80,000 -$100,000.
No 6. >>> ’51 NGH’ – $254,000
This plate was sold at auction in 2006 to a Sikh buyer. ‘Singh’ is a rather common name within the Sikh community and there was a lot of interest in this plate prior to the auction.
No 5. >>> ‘VIP 1’ – $285,000
This number plate was bought by Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich in 2006. This plate was once placed on the Popemobiel for Pope John Paul II’s papal visit to Ireland.
No 4. >>> ‘M 1’ – $331,500
Mike McCoomb from Liverpool made his fortune in mobile phones when he sold the Mobile Phone Store to BT Cellnet for $40m in April 2000. The story is that Mr McCoomb bought the plate for his eleven-year-old son who is as yet unable to drive!
No 3. >>> ‘F 1’ – $440, 625
In January 2008, F 1 became the UK’s most expensive personal registration when Afzal Kahn, of exclusive automotive stylists Project Kahn, purchased the number. It had been owned by Essex County Council, who decided to sell it in order to raise money for the education and training of young drivers.
There had been much speculation that F 1 would be bought by someone with links to Formula 1 motor racing but Project Kahn, who specialize in redesigning and customizing exclusive production vehicles from Aston Martin, Range Rover, Mercedes and others, beat all other interested parties and acquired the coveted mark at a truly spectacular price. The $440k tag smashed the UK record by over $100,000. The previous record holder was M 1 which sold for $331,000 in 2006.
No 2. >>> ‘5’ – $3.5 million
No, that’s not a typo error. Three and a half million pounds. At the minimum wage, it would take 350 years to earn that amount of money. The plate was sold in Dubai, but I couldn’t possibly omit it from this list.
The plate was bought by Talal Al Khoury who said the plate had absolutely no significance to him whatsoever.
And finally the world’s most expensive number plate:
No 1. >>> “1” – $7million
It was auctioned for charity in the United Arab Emirates, beating the previous record of $3.5m for a plate featuring the number 5.
The successful bidder said he bought it because he “wants to be the best in the world”.
Saeed Abdul Ghafour Khouri, a member of a wealthy Abu Dhabi family, added: “I bought it because it’s the best number.”
However, he would not say which of his many cars would carry the record-breaking single-digit plate. This is what I called “a class act”.
Now, when opportunity arised and money being no problem to you; would you pay top money for your desired personal number plate?
And what is your favorite number plate?