Friday, 27 March 2009

Number plate 1 D sells for £352,411

Today is the last day of the DVLA auction at Ardencote Manor Hotel and Country Club, Warwick. Once again there have been some great sales, showing the resilience of number plates.

As expected, the registration '1 D' was the star of the show when it sold on Wednesday 25th March. A record breaker even before the auction had started by commanding the highest ever reserve set for an auction of this type. It didn't take long for the bidding to reach £100,000 and the plate eventually sold for a hammer price of £285,000. The total price paid including fees and taxes was a staggering £352,411. This sets the record for the highest price at a DVLA registrations auction.

The number plate was bought by Lebanese property developer Nabil Bishara who bought it as a birthday present for his wife. '1 D' is expected to go on her Bentley.

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Stoke fans and their number plates

Tom Talbot from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire is a fan of number plates - in fact he has 40 of them. His latest purchase is 57 OKE, in recognition of the local football team. The plate was sold at auction in January and had a reserve of £1900. Mr Talbot paid £7000 in total and said, "I'm very pleased to be the new owner, especially at the price I got it at. It was well within my budget.”

Tom's company, Talbot Alsger, a waste disposal firm in nearby Tunstall village also benefits from his hobby. He has put his pastime to great effect by supplying some suitable numbers for the firm's vehicles. The fleet is instantly recognisable as they proudly adorned numbers like AL54 GER and TUN 574L.

After Tom purchased his first Stoke number, he was contacted by Catherine Handley, 37 after Catherine had seen reports in the local newspapers. Ms Handley had the registration GO57 OKE and thought it would be a great addition to Mr Talbot's collection. He agreed and bought it from her earlier this month.

Thursday, 19 March 2009

Upcoming Number Plates Auction

Next week there is another DVLA number plates auction. This will be the second one of the year and will be held at Ardencote Manor Hotel and Country Club in Claverdon, Warwick.

There will be 1600 lots available throughout the 3 day event starting on Wednesday 25th March 2009. Many different plates will be on offer.

You could show off your new personal number plate with 'BRA 6S' or if you're feeling a bit on the slow side, you may opt for 'DUM 8B'.

The star of the show will be without doubt the registration, '1 D'. The reserve for this number is a record breaking £20,000 and is the highest reserve ever to be set at a DVLA auction. '1 O' was sold in Janaury for £210.242 and '1 D' is expected to go under the hammer for more.

Also being auctioned is the second in the 'O' series - '2 O'.

Monday, 16 March 2009

Comic Relief

Comic Relief raised a record £58m over the weekend. Ryman was an official sponsor of the event and raised over £500,000 by selling official Comic Relief merchandise. The Ryman staff also got involved with their own money-raising ideas.

One of those was Theo Paphitis's chauffeur, Michael Brown. Michael and two willing companions decided to pull Theo's Maybach, complete with Ryman number plate, for a mile down the Mercedes test track in Surrey. I went along on February 14th to see how they go along. I forgot to mention they decided to do this dressed as nuns! I'm still not quite sure why! Theo's car was transformed to a bright red with Red Nose Day splats all over it.

They managed to indeed pull this beast of car the full mile and have so far raised over £1300. You can still sponsor Michael and his team of nuns by going to

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Wednesday, 11 March 2009

New Number Plates Magazine Out Now

The new magazine is now available. This is the 20th issue of the magazine published by Regtransfers dedicated to number plates. The exclusive interview this time is with entrepreneur James Caan from BBC TV's Dragons' Den. There is also, of course, the usual mix of letters, stories and listings and a feature on Theo Paphitis's car being pulled by his chauffeur, all in aid of Comic Relief.

Order your FREE copy here.

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Dr Seuss on a plate

On my way to work yesterday I saw the number plate DR53 USS. It was spaced DR 53USS and of course I don't condone the mis-spacing of plates but I have to admit I thought this looked great and made me smile. Especially as the day before (Monday 2nd March) would have been the 105th birthday Theodore Geisel or Dr Seuss - what a coincidence I should see this registration the day after!

I wonder what other names are out there?

Check out Batman in our gallery and Scooby.

If you see any good or funny plates why not send them to

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Hong Kong Number Plate Sells for £150,000

An an auction in Hong Kong on Saturday 7 February 2009 the car registration "2318" sold for $1.7 million HKD (£152,000). The winning bidder was an unnamed woman who purchased this as when spoken '2318' sounds like 'yee sam yat baat' meaning 'easy life and prosperity' in Cantonese.

Mr Liang Qiwei was bidding against the eventual winner but ended up buying '3218' for $750,000 HKD (£67k) and also 'MY8' at $440,000 HKD (£39K) instead. Both of these number plates are gifts for his sons. Mr Liang, who deals in racehorses considers them to be a bargain. He said, “I can easily pay $2 million to $3 million for a horse. So what I paid for the licence plate numbers is nothing in comparison.”