For many of us, a personalised registration number is a great way to put our stamp on a car, especially if you are leasing one. Spending a few hundred quid on a number plate seems reasonable, but some of the most expensive numbers ever sold reach sky-high figures.
Today we explore what the priciest plates have gone for at auction, according to figures by Regtransfers, and what else such a princely sum could buy you.
20. KRI5 HNA – £233,360
Sold in May 2015 , the plate that spells the name Krishna sold for £233,360 in auction to a woman in London. That same amount of money could buy you a brand new Ferrari GTC4 Lusso.
19. MG I – £235,000
Sold in September 2009, MG I which sold for £235,000 can buy you 12kg of Iranian Almas caviar, the world’s most expensive variety.
18. MS I – £235,000
This plate also went for £235,000 at auction and could have paid for four seasons at an executive box with 8 seats at Old Trafford.
17. I RH – £247,952
The number I RH sold for £247,952 in November 2008, which could have bought its owner a brand new Ferrari F12.
Which would you choose?
16. 5I nGH – £254,000
This number plate spells Singh, one of the most popular surnames in India, so it is hardly a surprise that it sold for more than a quarter of a million in April 2006. The amount paid, £254,000, could cover the complete costs of raising a child to the age of 21 in the UK!
15. GS I – £258,775
Sold in July 2005, ths number GSI went for £258,775, the equivalent of 7.5kg of gold bars kept in a secure vault in Zurich, Switzerland.
14. S 5 – £270,300
This number plate was the fifth registration issued in Edinburgh, Scotland and sold in March 2016 at the Goodwood Members’ Meeting for a whopping £270,300. This is worth two trips from London to Los Angeles on a private jet plane.
13. V I – £275,000
Sold in December 2006 at auction for £275,000, this registration number could also pay for 5,000 full 50-litre tanks of unleaded petrol, at a rate of £1,10 per litre.
12. I BM – £285,000
I BM, which reads like the famous technology company, sold for £285,000 in December 2014. For the same amount, you could purchase a completely customised four-lane bowling alley for the home.
11. VIP I – £285,000
Taking us to number 11 is VIP I, which sold at auction for £285,000. This huge sum could buy you a lovely three-bedroom cottage in sunny Cornwall!
What do you think of these number plates? Find out the top 10 most expensive ones in our follow-up post next week!