What better way for the rich to show off their wealth than by buying expensive license plates for their already expensive cars.
We take a look at some of the most expensive license plates in the world – and yes, it might shock you.
Who owns the most expensive license plate in the world?
Saeed Abdul Ghaffar Khouri’s £7.2m ‘1’
The world’s most expensive number plate – made up of a single digit, ‘1’ has been sold to Saeed Abdul Ghaffar Khouri for Dh52m ($14m, £7.2m).
He bought it from a license plate auction held by Emirates Auctions in 2008.
Khouri is the CEO of Abdul Khaleq Al Khouri & Bros Co and the CEO of Milipol International Est.
Afzal Kahn’s £7m ‘F1’
In 2018, British car designer Afzal Kahn was considered the “king of car customization”.
He bought his ‘F1’ license plate in 2008 for £440,000.
He has been offered £20m for the record but has no intention of selling it any time soon.
Balwinder Sahni’s £6m ‘D5’
Indian businessman Balwinder Sahhni made AED 33 million, equivalent to £6.6 million in 2016.
Shai says he wants a license plate because his lucky number is nine and ‘D’ is the fourth letter of the alphabet, so four plus five equals nine.
Sahni told journalists it would go in his Rolls Royce.
He is the President and CEO of RSG International, with a focus on real estate development in the UAE, Kuwait, India and the US.
£6 million ‘1’ by Abdullah Al Mahri
It’s no surprise that another plate of UAE food tops this list.
Abdullah Al Mahri bought the disc in 2016 for AED 31 million, or about £6.2 million.
The auction in Abu Dhabi saw the most rare number plates sold.
Mahri’s number plate ‘1’ takes the number one spot, but other plates that sell for millions of dirhams include ‘7’, ’50’, ’11’, ’22’ and ’66’.
Lucky number 28 for 1.6 million pounds
Seeing personalized license plates with lucky numbers in Hong Kong is common.
In 2016, a license plate ’28’ was sold for HK$18.1 million, which is around £1.6 million.
The word 28 sounds like a phrase that means “easy money” in Cantonese.
Peter Bartels ‘1.7 million pounds’ 1′
There are several ‘1’ plates in Australia, but the Victorian ‘1’ is arguably the most valuable.
Estimated to be worth AU$2.4 million, this car was last seen in Victoria in 2021 in a Mercedes AMG.
The plate is owned by Australian businessman Peter Bartels, who served as CEO of the Coles supermarket chain and the Fosters beer brand.
Peter Tseng’s £1.3m ‘NSW 4’
In 2017, Chinese-Australian billionaire Peter Tseng pushed a license plate ‘NSW 4’ for AU$2.45 million.
New South Wales number plates were first registered in 1910.
Tseng is a rare disc collector, a wine enthusiast, and a maker of adult toys.
John Collins’ 500,000 pounds ’25 O’
’25 O’ was purchased by John Collins for over half a million in 2014.
Collins is a classic car dealer and the ’25 O’ license plate means that it is the perfect number plate for some of the most expensive classic cars in the world – the Ferrari 250 sports car series released in the 1950s and 1960.
Collins said he will put his newly purchased ’25 O’ license plate on his 1961 Ferrari 250 SWB.
Grand Prix number ‘1’ for £400,000
Number plates ‘1’ and ‘2’, registered in South Australia, on sale in 2020, with plate ‘1’ selling for AU$700,000.
This disc is also a limited edition Grand Prix disc, produced in 1985 to celebrate the Adelaide Grand Prix.
By Nabil Bishara £350,000 ‘1 D’
The license plate ‘1 D’ was purchased by Lebanese tycoon Nabil Bishara in 2009.
Bishara told the press that the plate was a birthday present for his wife and would be traveling in her Bentley.
Goodwood Festival of Speed ’M 1′ for £300,000
The M1 sold for £300,000 in 2006 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
This registration was the first to be issued in Cheshire and was first purchased in 1903.
It is owned by racing car enthusiast Maurice Egerton, Lord of Tatton Park in Cheshire.
The original license plate remained on a Maurice restored 1900 Benz owned by the National Trust, but in 2006 the right to use ‘M1’ on the number plate was sold.
https://www.thesun.ie/motors/8150584/who-owns-most-expensive-number-plates/ Who owns the most expensive license plate in the world?