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Personalised UK number plates with most expensive price tags revealed

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While many people like to spend their hard-earned cash on a fancy car, it seems that some also like to splash out some serious money on the number plate for it as well.

Personalised number plates are a bit like Marmite – some love them, and some hate them, but it doesn’t stop people from spending eye-watering sums to get their perfect plate.

For most people, the plates are low key, possibly bearing the owner’s initials, or even a favourite number or birthday, and look like a regular number plate at first glance.

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They are also reasonably priced a lot of the time, costing a few hundred pounds to have a plate that feels personal to the owner.

However, the top 10 most expensive number plates are very much the opposite, consisting only of two or three letters and each costing more than an average house.

Here is the full list according to Regtransfers.co.uk, as reported by Leicestershire Live:

  1. 25 0 – £518,480

  2. X I – £502 500

  3. G I – £500,000

  4. RR I – £472,000

  5. F I – £440,625

  6. S I – £404,063

  7. I D – £352,411

  8. I S – £340,000

  9. M I – £331,500

  10. GB I – £325,000

Topping the list is ’25 0′, reportedly costing an eye-watering £518,480 back in 2014.

‘X I’ and ‘G I’ are also said to have cost at least half a million pounds, and are both valued now at £1 million.

The plate ‘RR I’ apparently cost £427,000 back in 2018, and has been described as one of the most special number plates in the world.

‘F I’ was sold for £440,625 back in 2008, and is now valued at £10 million – very likely due to its relation to Formula One racing.



A Rolls Royce with a personalised number plate ahead of the FA Cup Semi-Final between Aston Villa and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium in 2015
A Rolls Royce with a personalised number plate ahead of the FA Cup Semi-Final between Aston Villa and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium in 2015

‘S I’ was the first-ever personalised number plate issued in Scotland, and sold for £404,063 – it is now worth more than a million pounds.

The next on the list, ‘1 D’ was bought for £352,411 in 2009 by a Lebanese property developer as a present for his wife.

It is suspected that if the plate were to ever go on sale again that it might make a tempting purchase for one of the members of One Direction or a super-fan.

Sitting at number eight on the list is the plate, ‘I S’, which was sold in March 2010 for £340,000 and is the only number plate on the list that isn’t currently registered to a vehicle.

M 1 was the ninth most expensive plate ever sold in the UK. It was bought in 2006 for £331,500 and now lives on the front of a Bentley Flying Spur.

The very patriotic ‘GB 1’ plate is the 10th most expensive one ever sold in the UK. It was sold for £325,000 to a private buyer and is currently attached to a Rolls-Royce Phantom.

What is clear from the list is that some people are willing to pay as much as, if not more than, the cost of their car on just a number plate alone.

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Commenting on the research, a spokesperson for StressFreeCarRental.com said: “It may come as a surprise to some that someone would spend hundreds of thousands on a custom number plate, but it’s actually very common.

“There are several reasons why people splash out on them, some do it for pleasure, others for business and many see it as a worthwhile investment.

“Whatever the reason, it’s always fun to spot custom number plates when driving out and about as they tell a story about the person driving that their car often doesn’t.”

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