TAX 1 TAXI Number Plate Comes Up For Sale Prestige Reg
A unique car number plate that spells out the word 'TAXI' has emerged for sale for £100,000.
The licence plate 'TAX 1' is one of the rarest and most sought after of the DVLA number plates.
It has been in private ownership for almost 40 years but is now going up for auction at Humbert & Ellis Auctioneers in Whittlebury, Northamptonshire.
Auctioneer Jonathan Humbert is expecting a lot of interest in the plate when it goes up for sale.
He said: "Number plates with the lowest number of '1' always attract a premium.
"And the letters that spell the word 'TAX', whilst ordinarily instilling fear in the hearts of most, will be highly sought after by tax experts, accountants or indeed taxi company owners.
"This number plate is available now and only now and could go into private ownership for another 40 years so this represents a real one-off investment opportunity for this rarest of UK number plates."
The sale takes place on February 22.
The number plate isn't nearly the most expensive the DVLA has sold though, according to Auto Express .
The UK's FIVE most expensive car number plates:
The most expensive number plate ever sold by the DVLA was '25 O,' bought by Ferrari dealer John Collins in 2014. It now sits on a £10million Ferrari 250SWB once owned by Eric Clapton
The initials of Formula 1 'F 1' were bought by Bradford businessman Afzal Khan in 2008 and assigned to his McLaren-Mercedes SLR
Bought back in 2008 by an anonymous bidder the plate ' S 1' was then allegedly fixed to an old Skoda.
The plate '1 D' was bought in Warwickshire by Lebanese businessman Nabil Bishara before One Direction (1D) were even formed.
Mobile phone businessman Mike McCoomb bought a 'M1' plate in 2006, but he claimed it was for his 10 year-old son.
Back in 2015 the DVLA had a bit of good car-ma after a wealthy woman paid a whopping £233,000 for a Hindu-related registration .
Bidding for KR15 HNA started off at £27,000 and quickly shot up as a number of people fought to get their hands on the registration.
The room was crammed with buyers, all of the phone lines were full with more people bidding online.
A London-based businesswoman of Indian heritage eventually won the auction - paying a phenomenal £233,000 for it - even though it's believed she didn't even have a car.
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With millions of individual number plates available, you should be able to find what you're after.
You can purchase them online or you can go to one of their organised auctions.
How much does it cost to get a personalised plate?
Prices for personalised number plates start from £250, but that can go up into the hundreds of thousands, depending on how sought-after they are.
The DVLA made a whopping £67m in 2012 in the sale of personalised plates alone.
Celebrities like Heather Logan and her husband Gordon own a total of seven personalised number plates, spending £8,400 on one that read "GO12DON".
Speaking to the BBC, Mrs Logan said she believes they are an "investment".
Which celebrities have personalised number plates?
Hair stylist and salon chain owner Nicky Clarke has a very unique licence number.
Given his profession, Nicky opted for the registration number "H41RDO", which reads like "hairdo".
A mystery seller is offering one Liverpool fan the chance to snap up a rare number plate - but you’ll need seriously deep pockets.
The anonymous owner shared an advert in the ECHO for their private plate, which reads “LFC 1”, and it comes with a hefty price tag.
Describing the sale as a “unique opportunity”, the current owner is asking for a whopping £50,000 for the unusual registration plate.
Available for immediate transfer via a private sale, potential buyers are asked to get in touch via email.
The discreet advert doesn’t give away any other details about who owns the pricey plate - with offers in excess of £50,000 being considered.
A registration plate reading “3 LFC” is currently held on an official DVLA certificate - and it could be yours for £16,750.
Fans of Liverpool’s top goal scorer this season might also be interested in snapping up the registration “54 LAH” for £32,500.
All private plates also carry an £80 DVA transfer fee.
“Once you’ve bagged that number plate – if it’s a good one it adds value to it. Some are iconic and will be sought after. Some of the best are simple but exquisite.”
The biggest went for £180,000 in May last year – for KR15 HNA – which was a new British record for the most expensive current style personalised registration plate.
Today, plates with just one number and two letters cost an estimated £60,000, 20 times more than the early 1990s, when drivers could expect to pay somewhere between £3,000 to £5,000.
A DVLA spokesman said: “Many people enjoy displaying a personalised registration number and the general sale and auctions remain extremely popular with the public.
“Since we began selling personalised registrations we have raised around £2.3 billion and all the money raised is passed to the Treasury.”
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