Always fancied a personalised plate? Their prices vary, but these are the most expensive ever sold in the UK

Personalised numberplates are very divisive things, prompting either admiration at the name or message on the plate, or derided for being a vanity item and dismissed as a waste of money. 

Whatever you think of them, boggle at the top ten most expensive numberplates ever sold in the UK below. For reference, we’ve even calculated what else you could buy with the money, in car terms. 

The most expensive numberplates sold in the UK: 

1 - 25 O - £518,480

The registration plate 25 O relates to the most expensive car ever sold at auction: the Ferrari 250 GTO. The plate’s £518,480 price tag may be dwarfed by the car’s £30,750,300 final bid, but it’s the most expensive plate sold in the UK yet. 

According to reports on the sale of the plate, it currently resides on, fittingly, a 1961 Ferrari 250 SWB (pictured), belonging to classic car dealer John Collins. The price of the plate could get you ten Audi TT RSs, but personalised plate vendor Regtransfers reckons it’s now increased in value, to £750,000 (fifteen TT RSs). 

2 – X 1 - £502,500

Taking a close second place is the registration plate X 1. Little is known about the owner of the plate or what car it's on, other than it’s probably not attached to a BMW X1. It fetched its half-million pound price in November 2012.

You could enjoy eighteen and a half BMW X1s for the price of the X 1 numberplate, but its estimated value has doubled since its sale.

3 – G 1 - £500,000

G 1 was the country’s most expensive reg plate for little over a year before X 1 came along, pipping it by a mere £2500. Nevertheless, G 1 sold in September 2011 for precisely half a million pounds; the equivalent of around 28 Ford Fiesta STs. 

If the seller sold the plate today, they would – according to estimates – double their money, to £1million.

4 – F 1 - £440,625

Perhaps the most evocative reg plate amongst this list, the F 1 plate sold nine years ago for £440,625. It’s currently registered to Afzal Kahn, of Kahn design fame, on a Bugatti Veyron. Before that, it was on a Volvo S80.

Kahn has expressed that if offered, he would sell the numberplate for over £10 million, but is not officially advertising the numberplate. The price Kahn payed for the plate in 2008 could buy you more than ten top-spec Volvo S90s. 

5 – S 1 - £404,063

Another expensive plate mismatched to its host car; S 1 is registered to a Range Rover, rather than the Audi hot hatch. The current estimated value of S 1 is £1 million - the plate was first bought in September 2008. 

The plate’s price at the time of purchase could buy fifteen Audi S1s, with a fistful of change. 

6 – 1 D - £352,411

Next on the list is 1 D: first purchased in June 2009 for £352,411; in other words, roughly the same price as a Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé. It’s currently registered to a Bentley Bentayga; a car with a starting price of less than half that of the plate today. 

The plate was originally sold at a DVLA auction, but experts put its value today at £500,000. 

7 – 1 S - £340,000

1 S was first bought in March 2010, and currently resides on a car of a similar value to its £340,000 original price tag: a Rolls-Royce Phantom. It’s almost doubled in value since.

A fleet of nearly 50 Suzuki Celerios could be bought for the same price. 

8 – M 1 - £331,500

M 1 is another which found itself on a Bentley; this time it’s on a Flying Spur. The plate was bought in June 2006, making it one of the earliest entries on our list. It’s for this reason that its value has increased so much; it’s now valued at a cool £1million. 

Its original £331,500 price could buy four Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupés.

9 – GB 1- £325,000

This is one which has almost certainly risen in value post-Brexit, and it’s on a rather fitting car: the Rolls-Royce Phantom. The patriotic numberplate was sold to a private buyer in November 2009 for £325,000, although it’s now worth £500,000. 

You could buy a Lamborghini Aventador Superveloce for a similar wad of cash.

10 – D 1 - £300,096

The newest entry to the top ten, having been sold for a whisker over £300k in October 2015, is D 1. Currently fitted to a white Rolls-Royce Ghost, the plate has held its value well, accruing £50,000 in value in the last 18 months. 

For reference, for plate’s price could allow you to fill your petrol tank around 4400 times. 

So, in summary, the top ten most expensive numberplates ever sold in the UK are: 

1 - 25 O - £518,480

2 – X 1 - £502,500

3 – G 1 - £500,000

4 – F 1 - £440,625

5 – S 1 - £404,063

6 – 1 D - £352,411

7 – 1 S - £340,000

8 – M 1 - £331,500

9 – GB 1- £325,000

10 – D 1 - £300,096

Let us know your thoughts below. Which camp are you in? Do you think personalised numberplates are harmless fun or a symbol of frivolous excess?

Disclaimer: While our images are a close representation of the models which feature these numberplates, they are not the owners' cars. 

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9 December 2016
•rolls eyes*

9 December 2016

"it currently resides on, fittingly, a 1961 Ferrari 250 SWB (pictured)"

9 December 2016
There is a side story on G1. Apparently Glasgow Corporation tried to buy it at one point for the Lord Provost's (Mayor) official car and the owner at the time refused. As a result the city issued the number plate G0 which is still used today and I think the only plate of its type in the UK

10 December 2016
I live in Glasgow and regularly see G0 on a black VW Phaeton around the city chambers. Always catches your eye with that plate.

12 December 2016
Nope, there are/were a few other Scottish Lord Provost's cars with a '0' registration. Plus a Lord Mayor of London apparently got LM0.

9 December 2016
In the States personalized plates are usually easy to get and the owner gets to put exactly what they want on there (subject to size, appropriateness and availability restrictions)and no more than $100 a year more. In Virginia, where I live, it is usually $30 a year and there are a variety of plates to choose from as well to cover favorite universities to even some political groups which are usually a $10 extra charge per year as well. The extravagant cost in the U.K. is outrageous and down to a strict control of supply with no customization available. This it is more proof that you have money to burn rather than any proof of pride/prejudice, etc.

9 December 2016
Does anyone get the whole private plate thing? Why would you want to drive around with your name on your car? Would you wear a name badge in public with your name misspelt? R10GER? PET3R? I don't get it. This and with the whole SUV in town thing.

18 March 2017
[quote=winniethewoo]Does anyone get the whole private plate thing? Why would you want to drive around with your name on your car? Would you wear a name badge in public with your name misspelt? R10GER? PET3R? I don't get it. This and with the whole SUV in town thing.[/quote]I agree entirely with your view here and also what you wrote below.

I don't need to put my name here, it's on the left

 

9 December 2016
Or even worse, why would you want your car name on the number plate? M3 BMW. The people who care can tell without being told. The people who don't care, well, they don't care. I don't get this either.

9 December 2016
The only use of private plates I've seen that I get is on commercial vehicles. Pimlico plumbing have plates like BOG 1, B1DET on their plumbers vans. Its quite amusing and reinforces their brand.

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