Dvla’s first auction of 2009 with the U.K officially in recession finished today.
Whittlebury Hall will be familiar to F1 enthusiasts because of its proximity to Silverstone the world famous venue for the British grand prix, making the hall
particularly appropriate for an auction of private number plates.
To mention just a couple of interesting lots offered by Dvla ‘3 S’ was auctioned today, achieving a hammer price of lb76,000 . There is an auctioneer’s premium of 7.5% payable and VAT of 15% (what a good thing the government reduced it)
Making the total payable lb93,955.00 plus the lb80 DVLA transfer fee.
Students of past Dvla auctions will know that, in 1994, ‘9 S’ and ‘4 S’ only achieved lb7 k and lb8 k respectively while in 1993 ‘2 S’, ‘7 S’, ‘6 S’ and ‘5 S’ achieved in lb9,400; lb6,300, lb9,000 and lb10,000 respectively.
Dvla, not to mention Gordon Brown and the treasury, must be extremely pleased with this result but it begs the question as to whether dvla auctions are still the cheapest way to purchase personalised number plates.
Another lot, which was offered in the second day of the DVLA auction, was 1 HRH. This achieved a staggering lb92,000 on the hammer. Royalty do not buy personal number plates because of obvious security issues. It will be interesting to try to spot this one on a vehicle to see if there is a flag on the front.