The 10 Most Valuable License Plates in the UK Cost More Than Most Cars
Vanity plates let you tell the world something extra about yourself as you roll down the road. They're also a great way to pay homage to your car, sometimes in carefully crafted abbreviations that make leetspeak look easy. The challenge comes when some other guy has the plate you want on your car. In Great Britain, some of those plates have been sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars. The current world record for most expensive plate sold belongs to a guy in Dubai who paid $14 million for "1" back in 2008. It seems fitting that he's from Dubai, land of expensive cars, but Great Britain has seen its fair share of ridiculously expensive plates. The top ten most valuable plates in Great Britain start with "K1 NGS," which sold in 1993 for $355,376 to a person rumored to be an Arabian royal. Next up, "007" at $369,150 followed by "1 RH" at $380,289. RELATED: See images of the latest Rolls-Royce debut, the all-new Dawn convertible
In 2006, "51 NGH" sold for $391,877 and "VIP 1" sold for $438,350. That plate was first issued when Pope John Paul II visited Ireland in 1979 and now belongs to Chelsea boss Roman Abramovich. According to Just Collecting, the list continues with M1 for $509,890 and "1D" for $542,463. This brings us to the top three most expensive license plates sold in Great Britain.
"S1" was first issued in 1903 and was sold in 2008 for $611,450 to a guy who wanted to put it on an old Škoda. It cost businessman Afzal Kahn $678,079 to get his hands on "F1," but the most expensive plate belongs to Ferrari dealer John Collins. He purchased '25 O" for $678,079 in 2014. Forget the expensive plates, we'd just like to have that kind of cash to spend on a car.
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