Agnlesey Rare Number Plate Sells For High Price
A vehicle registration which belonged to the seventh car ever registered on Anglesey more than a century ago has been sold for almost £40,000 at auction.
The EY 7 number dates back to 1903 and bears the island’s designated EY county registration code, which was commonplace on Anglesey number plates before they were phased out in 2001.
The sale, which was held at Morgan Evans’ auction house at Gaerwen on Thursday, garnered unprecedented interest, according to company director Simon Jones.
“It garnered a lot of interest as it belonged to only the seventh car that was ever registered on Anglesey, which was in 1903 when there were were hardly any cars on the roads at all,” he said.
“The guide price was between £20,000 to £25,000, but it’s telling of the amount of interest there was that the eventual sale price was much higher.
“The plate has been held by a family from the island all this time, and it’s nice to see it stay here, having been bought by a local businessman.”
EY 7 was not the only plate that went under auctioneer Simon Bower’s hammer.
Until the practice was scrapped 16 years ago, the last two letters on number plates usually indicated where the car was initially registered.
At last week’s auction, 10 AEY sold for £5,100, 4 AEY sold for £5,000, 77 REY sold for £3,800, and 17 OEY sold for £3,700.
Mr Jones added: “All the plates were sold to local buyers, with the auction house packed to the rafters.
“The EY 7 plate is a particularly unusual item, and not something we come across often at all.
“But such is the interest this time around, we hope to try to source some more.”
More Britons are personalizing their car number plates than ever before, according to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). In the past year, the Treasury made a record total of £102 million — £15 million more than 2014-2015 from an estimated 335,000 registration plates purchased by drivers in the U.K.
The DVLA started selling personalised number plates in 1990, with just 77,745 purchased between 1995-96 — four times less than today. At present, the DVLA boasts 47 million plates on offer to drivers across the country, which can be bought online or at auctions.
The DVLA says almost 335,000 registrations were sold in the last year – more than four times the figure in the mid-Nineties.
A spokesman for the AA welcomed the news, saying: “It puts a smile on people’s faces and raises money for the exchequer – what’s there to complain about?
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