The Most Expensive Show Plates in the UK

Many car fans would love to have the perfect show plate, something that means something specifically to them.

There are all kinds of ideas for show plates, from your initials, your favourite football team or maybe even something from a band you like.

You can be as creative you want!

Typically, the more creative the show plate, the higher the price. With that in mind, lets look at the 10 most expensive show plates ever sold in the UK. The figures in the list are mind-blowing!

You’d need serious pockets to out-bid these guys in a plate auction…

  1. ’25 O’:£518,000

According to the DVLA, this is the most expensive show plate ever bought in the UK. It was snapped up by John Collins, a Ferrari dealer. He bought the plate in 2014. Apparently it now sits on a Ferrari 250SWB once owned by Eric Clapton.

  1. ‘F 1’: £440,000

Until the plate above was bought, the record was £440k for the Formula 1 initial plate. A man called Afzal Khan picked it up in 2008 and slapped the plates on his McLaren-Mercedes SLR.

  1. S 1′: £404,000

It seems 2008 was the year of the show plate – this plate was bought by an unnamed bidder at auction. There are claims that this was Scotland’s first ever number plate. Apparently the owner was going to fix it to an old Skoda. Not sure I believe him…

  1. ‘1 D’: £352,000

You’d be forgiven for assuming this was snapped up by a 9 year old One Direction fan, but instead it was bought by a Lebanese businessman called Nabil Bishara. Nobody knows what car it was assigned to, but lets hope it wasn’t an old Datsun!

  1. ‘M 1’: £331,000

This snappy little plate was solid in 2006 to a guy called Mike McCoomb. At the time he said he was buying it for his son who was 10. A tad more expensive than Lego and a whole load less useful too, given he couldn’t drive for another 7 years!

  1. ‘VIP 1’: £285,000

You’d think being a multi-billionaire and the owner of Chelsea FC would let people know you were pretty important, but Roman Abramovich took it a step further by picking up this show plate. He also once lent it to the Pope for his visit to Ireland!

  1. ’51 NGH’: £254,000

If you’re a guy called Singh, this is a pretty spot-on plate for you! It was bought in 2006, but other than the purchase price and date, not much is known about the owner. I can guess his name though…

  1. ‘1 RH’: £247,000

This plate could have had a story – Royalty picking it up? Nah, instead this plate was bought in 2006 by businessman Robert Harverson. That’s some investment for such a simple plate!

  1. ‘K1 NGS’: £231,000


The exact details of this plate are sketchy, but the general belief is that the plate was bought in 1993 by an Arabian Sultan. Imagine what that plate would sell for now? A right royal sum…

  1. ‘1 O’: £170,000

A data geeks’ dream, this plate was bought in Northamptonshire in 2009. Nothing is known about the owner, apart from the fact he’s got the pockets to spend nearly 200 grand on show plates!

There you are – the top 10 show plates in cost order. The way things are going, I wonder how long it’ll be before a few of these records are broken?