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Bonhams Sells "V12 NUT" UK License Plate For Over $4k. What A Bargain!

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On: Mon, Sep 17, 2012 at 4:16PM | By: Andrew W Davis

Bonhams Sells "V12 NUT" UK License Plate For Over $4k. What A Bargain!

Like cricket (the game) and Marmite (whatever the hell that is) there are just things they do in the UK that I can’t get a handle on. I always thought it was a production assistant goofing around with the more apt license plates you see on Top Gear’s test cars but no: people actually have to pay for those. A LOT. Like the four grand for “V12 NUT” Bonhams got recently.

And before you think this is an isolated incident—and/or skip to the fun "Top Five" lists I’ve painstakingly copied from another site—I provide you with a roster of offerings to be, um… offered at Barons’ “Annual British Heritage Auction & Other Classics” sale somewhere on the island today (September 17) (with plates offered in quotes and auction estimate averages in greenbacks):

[And I hate math more than you can imagine so appreciate what I did here, dang it!]

They are, as follows: “DB09 AML” [$8,315]; “9 BEN” [$34,880]; “Y12 FER” [$1,704]; “D8 GTS” [$3,448]; “W18 OND” [$2,434]; “EA51 CAR” [$1,866]; “V8 REG” [$3,488]. What, you don’t see the perfectly good reason why “9 BEN” should cost more than a new Camaro? Oh, silly American. Because, as the description reads [EXACTLY], “Pre 63 Bentley? Any The ultimate Bentley registration” of course!

See, this is all thanks to the Rules of Motoring handed down from King Somebody to the guy who killed him and took the throne before he was dispatched by… look: this ain't Nightline, people, so if you want to know the intricacies of British motoring policies—especially whatever the hell the "V778" Bonhams mentions is—visit here. [But don’t. TRUST ME.]

I can, should I want to for any particular reason, visit my local (Michigan) Secretary of State—which they call “DMV”s in secretary-free states—and get the plate “V12 NUT” in all kinds of styles for about 50 bucks. Plus tax ‘n’ stuff.

You'll probably find the situation the same in your state, unless it contains anyone that can afford a V12-powered car, 'cause then you're screwed. Still, I'll bet a fair amount that it won't take anywhere near as much to pry that plate from their clutches as it cost those that wanted the plates I've listed below in a UK and a World "Top Five" list courtesy of the folks at PlateMaster.com.

According to PlateMaster.com, the top five highest-priced UK registration plates, prices (as of 9/14/12) and stories are as follows:

5.) “VIP 1” [$462,356] “Currently owned by the Chelsea boss Roman Abramovich, this ‘very important’ cherished number plate was bought in 2006 with the billionaire tycoon’s pocket change. This plate was once placed on the Pope-mobile for Pope John Paul II's papal visit to Ireland.”

4.) “M 1” [$537,793] “Bought in 2006 by Mike McCoomb who had previously sold his mobile phones business to BT for around [$65M]. Apparently he bought this number plate for his son, who at the time was under ten! Sold at Bonhams Auctions, Chichester, this was the first registration number to be issued in Cheshire at the beginning of the last century.”

3.) “1 D” [$571,716] “The record auction reserve price of [$32,446] echoed its desirability. Sold in March 2009 at a DVLA auction in Warwickshire to Nabil Bishara, a Lebanese property developer who bought this highly sought after private plate for his wife’s birthday.”

2.) “S 1” [$655,511] “Possibly Scotland's first ever number plate and certainly Edinburgh's first, was sold to an anonymous bidder at Bonhams in Chichester, West Sussex, in September 2008. The classic mark was first secured in 1903 by Sir John HA MacDonald, who at the time was the Lord Justice Clerk of Scotland. The winning bidder claimed the cherished plate would be displayed on an old red Skoda!”

1.) “F 1” [$713,812] “Now let's step things up into top gear. The record price was set for a British vehicle registration number when businessman Afzal Khan paid a total of £440,625 for the Formula One initials. The Bradford entrepreneur assigned it to his Mercedes-Benz McLaren, which cost [$324,340] less than the number plate. The historic plate, first issued by the Essex County Register of Motors in 1904, was sold at a DVLA auction in January 2008.”

The top five plates in the world, on the other hand, go from UK crazy to positively insane:

5.) Abu Dhabi, UAE: “12” [$2,011,652]

4.) Hong Kong: “18” [$2,530,788]

3.) Abu Dhabi, UAE: “7” [$2,563,234]

2.) Abu Dhabi, UAE: “5” [$5,678,050] “The top two had to come from the Arab world, didn't they? Sold to Talal Ali Mohammed Khoury of Abu Dhabi, for 25 million Dirhams (£3.5 million pounds) for this single number! Claiming that these numbers have no significance to him, he also blew [$1,297,360] on the private plate ‘55’ too! How much money do you have to have to act and think like this?”

1.) Abu Dhabi, UAE: “1” [$11,761,675] “Surly [sic] the ultimate of prestigious number plates, this ‘one’ was procured by Saeed Abdul Ghaffer Khouri also from Abu Dhabi for the ridiculous price of £7 million, in 2008. We at Plate Master can't imagine this being topped but you never know!”

[I, however, do know, thanks to my patented Rich Douche Equation®: M+W-B=O (Money + Want – Brains = Overspending). Dangle any shiny object in the faces of rich people and the result will always be a bidding war wherein obscene amounts of money will be thrown at the seller, regardless of what that shiny object is. It’s science, people. How else do you explain an $11M LICENSE PLATE?...]



DipStick | 11:17AM (Tue, Sep 18, 2012)

They should have called me firstI have an uncle that prints license plates for a living, he could have done for half of that!


dwalter | 12:06PM (Wed, Sep 19, 2012)

Delaware has collectible "black tags" that can go sell for thousands also

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