Personalized number plates add character to a car. But there is so much about them that is so intriguing; we can’t turn to look when a particularly creative one goes by. But there is so much more to personalized number plates that most people are unaware of. Here are just 6 of the most surprising facts about personalized number plates;

  1. “VIP 1” was made Pope John Paul II

VIP 1 is one of the most desirable personalized number plates in the world. What most people don’t know is that it was first made for Pope John Paul II when he visited Ireland and was displayed on the Pope Mobile throughout his visit. In 2006, Chelsea Owner Roman Abramovich purchased the prestigious plate for a whopping £285,000.

  1. “1” Is the Most Expensive

It is the most expensive number plate in the world. Its owner purchased the number “1” plate at an auction in Abu Dhabi for £7.25m. The owner of this plate is Saeed Abdul Ghaffer Khouri and is said to have purchased it because number 1 “is the best number to have on car.” This purchase topped the previous record held by the Number “5” for £5m. At the same auction, Mr. Khouri paid a further £800,000 for the number “55” plate.

  1. The First Celebrity Number Plate

Harry Tate was a successful, yet not very known musician who will go down in history as the first celebrity to own a personalized number plate. The number plate “T 8” that he purchased now belongs to Johnny Tate, one of the owners of the Tate and Lyle Sugar Company.

  1. Robbie Williams’s Apology

After learning that his fans were not happy with his purchase of a rather expensive Ferrari, Robbie Williams decided to apologize in the most appropriate way; by purchasing the personalized number plate “S8 RRY.”

  1. DVLA Bans Some Combinations

The DVLA reportedly convenes twice a year ahead of new number plate releases to remove any combinations that may be deemed offensive, homophobic, politically or religiously insensitive. There are some that tend to pass inspection though which is why you may see some hair raising personalized number plates.

  1. Personalized Number Plates Make the Best Investments

Personalized number plates are not just to be displayed on cars. They can also make the ideal investment option. For example, in 1989, the personalized number plate “A 1” was worth £160,000. That same number plate today is worth more than £300,000. As matter of fact, personalized number plates have only increased in value over the years and don’t seem to be affected by any financial downturn. More and more people are recognizing the potential value of these plates which is increasing demand and making this one of the biggest markets in the world.