The Most Expensive Private Number Plates

Registration plate prices change with the seasons, and every year we can see them grow or fall in value as they are bought or sold on to other buyers. We revel to see what cars they are put on and what those private number plates are then used to represent.

Personalized registration plates are a combination of letters and numbers which is assigned to your car and are often designed to spell out a word that represents you as a person or brand. It is a great way to personalize your vehicle and reinforce your image.

There are several ways to buy private plates, such as through ourselves, a trusted auctioneer, or the DVLA themselves. The price can range from just £250 to a massive six-figure sum! Here’s a list of the priciest car number plates sold in the UK:

  1. 25 0 (£518,480)

To date, this is the most expensive plate that has ever been sold by the DVLA.

  1. X 1 (£502,500)
  2. G 1 (£500,000)

Placed on an Aston Martin this number plate was sold in 2011, making it the most expensive plate in the UK at the time.

  1. RR 1 (£472,000)

Sold in 2018 to adorn a Rolls Royce, naturally, the plate ‘RR1’ was described as “one of the most special” registration plates in the world ahead of its sale at the Goodwood Revival.

  1. F 1 (£440,625)

Widely recognised for the world’s most popular racing sport, Formula 1, this plate is unlikely to ever leave the top ten of most expensive plates.

  1. S 1 (£404,063)

This was the first-ever number plate issued in Scotland.

  1. 1 D (£352,411)
  2. 1 S (£340,000)
  3. M 1 (£331,500)
  4. GB 1 (£325,000)
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There are multiple different ways to get your hands on a personalised license plate, and not all of them are anywhere near as expensive as our list above. There is also always the option of simply having one of the newest additions DVLA license plates. It will be interesting to see how prices and trending words develop as the introduction of green number plates becomes more accessible with the growing number of electric vehicles on UK roads.

If you are interested in buying your own personalised license plate, why not look at our auction for a letter and number combination that appeals to you? We are a trusted auctioneer of personalised licence plates and can provide advice, guidance, and service to all.

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