Doctor Who Number Plate Launched By DVLA
The DVLA is calling out to Doctor Who fans as it promotes its latest number plate sale, offering ‘Who 63’ for sale to Whovians with deep pockets.
Whatever your opinion on personalised number plates, it’s big business not just for purveyors of registration numbers, but for the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) too.
Each year the DVLA holds sales to flog number plates no longer, or never in, circulation to raise a few bob, with prices ranging from a few hundred pounds to over £500k for ’25 O’.
So with the latest number plate sale due to run from 22-24 November, DVLA are promoting it with what they think is the perfect plate for a Doctor Who fan – or Whovian – with the sale of ‘WHO 63’.
It might not quite be the ‘WHO 1’ famed for being on John Pertwee’s Doctor Who car, but it does denote the year Doctor Who first aired (1963) and will go under the hammer almost exactly 54 years to the day Doctor Who first aired at 5.15pm on 23 November 1963.
But it’s not just Doctor Who fans being enticed to buy a new number plate, with Manchester football fans wooed with ‘M17 CTY’ and MA17 ‘UTD’, and potential buyers who are desperate to tell the world their name (or an approximation) with ‘DOU 9G’ and PA11 DDY’, amongst others.
"It is a historic and highly significant number for us because it is the symbol of the establishment of the UAE which was created on December 2," he was quoted as saying by a Russian-language business daily published in Moscow. The auction saw fierce competition between bidders hailing from all community segments.
The popular auction generated a revenue of more than $15m. 60 distinguished Abu Dhabi number plates were auctioned at Emirates Palace hotel. Abu Dhabi Police, in cooperation with Emirates Auction, held the public auction on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the country's establishment.
The auction listed the numbers on the company's website, including five double-digit plates, 15 three-digit plates, 19 four-digit and 17 five-digit plates. Fancy numbers like 10, 60, 333, 600, 999, 1000, 1111, 5050, 6000, 6060, 6666, 9090, 9999, 10000, 55555, 60000, 66666 were also sold at high numbers at the event attended by 800 people from across the region.
In November, an Emirati businessman who bought the car plate Number 1 for Dhs 31m at an auction in Abu Dhabi was charged with fraud after his cheque bounced.
Emirates Auction has announced that it will hold a public auction for 50 distinguished vehicle number plates for Ajman on Saturday, 25th of November, at the Bahi Ajman Palace Hotel.
Emirates Auction said that all the numbers available are from category 'H' which is being offered for the first time in Ajman and will be available for sale exclusively through auctions. The numbers available include one single-digit number plate bearing the number '2' and four double-digit plates, as well as 14 three-digit, 14 four-digit, and 17 five-digit number plates.
Abdulla M. AlMannaei, Chairman and Managing Director of Emirates Auction, said that he expected the auction to witness a huge turnout from enthusiasts.
So how do you ensure you get one that rises in value rather than one that remains static? The trick is to buy something that other people are likely to want. Number plates that show a person’s name or initials are a good example, providing they are not unusual names or initials. Having something that is unusual will not prevent the number plate from rising in value, but it may be more difficult as it will be harder to find a buyer whom the number plate is relevant to and who wants to pay for it.
Next, have a look at what is currently for sale that matches that name or initials. If there are not many or if the one you have is considerably better, you will have a greater chance of the investment rising in value. If, on the other hand, there are lots of other options for people with that name or initials, you may find it harder to sell the one you own.
Other things that can prevent you from getting a high price for a number plate include:
- Number plates that are hard to understand – If people can’t tell what the number plate means after a few seconds of looking at it, you might struggle to get a high price for it.
- Humorous number plates – These types of plates are very niche, so the market for them is smaller than for standard phrases.
- Made up or unique words – There may not be anyone else who wants a number plate with a very unusual word.
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