Jersey Number Personalised Plate
A REGISTRATION plate is expected to fetch up to £40,000 when it goes under auction in Jersey on Wednesday.
J999, which is assigned to a scooter of ‘insignificant value’, has a guide price of between £30,000 and £40,000.
Another number plate - J66677 – which is also assigned to a low-value scooter will go under the hammer at the same auction.
It has a guide price of between £800 and £1,200.
The plates are due to be auctioned by Simon Drieu and Co. at Glencoe Auction Rooms in St Lawrence from 11 am on Wednesday.
Also in the news - How to fix your motorcycle using a number plate!
On a trip with a group of other riders into the remote areas of the country, Altaf, astride a RE Himalayan found himself dealing with a stalled engine. The bike in question failed all attempts to get it started.
The riders were in the thickest of jungle, surrounded by thick foliage and marshy landscape with no other help in sight. There was a good distance between the stalled motorcycle and the nearest service station and it was upto these riders themselves to get the bike into action.
When all attempts to start the engine failed, it was Altaf’s keen eye that noted that the key which holds the crank and magnet together had been dislodged. This caused the starter motor to rotate freely which in turn stalled the engine.
The metal key had been chipped with a part of it resting inside the crankcase. Altaf used a bit of ingenuity. He cut a portion of the registration plate thus making a temporary replacement of the broken component. This helped solve the problem and the engine of the RE Himalayan roared to life.
A lot of Royal Enfield Himalayan owners have posted about having facing issues with the bike’s quality and reliability. Currently, the sale of Himalayan have been stopped. RE will soon relaunch the bike with improvements in engine and overall build quality.
The new Himalayan will come in with an electronic fuel injection system and comply with the new BS IV emission norms. The adventure tourer unofficially open for bookings with deliveries promised by August 2017.
How much similar registration plates have sold for recently and in the past: it is always worth looking at what has been going on in the private registration plate market recently to add extra weight to the valuation of your own number plate. It is a market that is not immune from trends, so keep a close eye on what has been selling well and see if your plate has any similar features
The age of the plate: older plates tend to attract higher prices and dateless number plates (the first ones ever issued) normally call for the highest prices on the market
The plate’s rarity: if a lot of similar registration plates were issued, your plate may be less valuable. So, the relative rarity of older, dateless number plates makes them more valuable, as a whole, than newer, dated plates. Similarly, having a private plate with a word or name spelled out on it gives it a degree of rarity that would raise its value.
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