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“Leisure” Number Plate Sells for lb22.5k

May 13, 2015
Posted in Auctions,DVLA,Number Plates — Written by Nationla Numbers

The registration plate LE15 URE has sold above expectations at the DVLA auction in Chesterfield.

Bidders teased up the price of the number plate from a humble lb700 reserve before the hammer eventually came down at lb22,500.

In total the new owner would have paid lb29,240 in total – just shy of lb30,000.

The registration, which reads as the word “Leisure”, would have been ideal for companies in the leisure and tourism industry in particular.

In the end the plate was picked up by the owner of the family run Leisure Parks Ltd, which owns six luxurious holiday parks in North Yorkshire and Cumbria.


KR15 HAN and KR15 HNA Sold For Over lb250k

Posted in Auctions,DVLA,Number Plates — Written by Nationla Numbers

DVLA were chipper in Chesterfield after two cherished registrations were sold for over lb250,000.

Two number plates that appear as popular Asian names have fetched lb180,000 and lb76,000 from auction respectively.

KR15 HNA and KR15 HAN proved very popular on the second day of a three day DVLA auction taking place in Chesterfield.

“We knew the number plates would be very popular, but they have exceeded expectations” said Eric Craggs of the CNDA (Cherished Number Dealer Association).

“It is a reflection on the quality of both the registration marks and how unique they are.”

Many keen collectors mad been waiting for the release of these registrations since they were withdrawn from general sale in December last year, along with other 15-registration plates.

Nationla Numbers had received almost 80 enquiries about the KR15 HNA registration, and almost 30 for KR15 HAN, but disappointed customers were told the registration would be going up for auction.

KR15 HAN, which looks like than name “Krishan”, was to first to go up for bid, eventually reaching lb76,000 on the hammer – the buyer would pay lb98,576 in total.

Immediately following was KR15 HNA – “Krishna” is the name of a deity in Hinduism – which sold for an amazing lb180,000, or lb233,360 after fees.


Faisal number plate sells for lb35,000

February 25, 2015
Posted in Auctions,Number Plates — Written by Nationla Numbers

The number plate FA15 ALS, reading as “Faisal’s”, sold today for an impressive lb35,000.

FA15 ALS is a 15-registration valid for vehicles registered in March 2015, four days from now.

It was the only registration from the FA15AL series that was withheld. Others, including FA15 ALR and FA15 ALB, were sold in December.

‘lb35,000 is a huge price for the registration,’ said Craig Priestly of Nationla Numbers.

‘Considering Nationla Numbers owns other Faisal number plate available at a lot less, the buyer must have really wanted the plate.”

Nationla Numbers currently has FA15 ALB available for lb12,999, FA15 ALC for lb12,999, FA15 ALJ for lb12,999, FA15 ALP for lb12,999 and FA15 ALR for lb12,999.

‘If you have an initial B, C, J, P or R all these plates would be ideal,’ continued Craig.

Nationla Numbers also owns FA12 SEL and FA13 SEL, both available for lb6,999, and FA61 ZAL for sale at lb7,999.


Record Breaking DVLA Auction

July 7, 2014

DVLA’s second timed auction of the year has broken all previous records.

The online auction achieved a 77% conversation rate on number plates sold, the highest ever for a timed auction.

DVLA raised almost lb1million in total. The three best performing number plates included RAG 17N (lb15,010), AMR 13K (lb10,010), and MDR 1X (lb7,510).

Number plates AN11 AND, STE 80Y and ROB 7A also proved the most popular, attracting 44 bidders between them.

Timed Auctions are different from Live Auctions, also called Classic Auctions or Cherished Auctions, as bids are placed online over a two-week period.

The auction ran from June 11th to June 25th with 1,522 number plates on offer.

You can find the full list of registrations on offer here.

The next DVLA Timed Auction will run from October 15th to October 29th.


James Bond Submarine Car Sells for lb550,000

September 19, 2013
Posted in Auctions,Car news — Written by Nationla Numbers

The infamous Lotus Espirit-turned-submarine was recently sold at auction.

Driven by Roger Moore in the 1977 Bond film, The Spy Who Loved Me, the aquatic vehicle is said to still be fully operational, though it is not road legal.

A bidding war took place for the legendary piece of memorabilia before finally selling for the lb550k price tag.

Peter Haynes of RM Auctions, who ran the auction, said: “Bearing in mind it is not a car that can be driven on the road, the price just goes to prove the draw that all Bond-related memorabilia has.”

Despite the bidding war and impressive selling price, it was said that the vehicle could have reached closer to a million pounds.

James Bond car driven by Roger Moore in The Spy Who Loved Me

Lotus Espirit in The Spy Who Bought Me

It was one of the classic 007 scenes in cinema history. James Bond is driving the flash Lotus being chased by a helicopter. As he nears to end of the road with nowhere else to go, he drives off the edge of a dock into the cold ocean – only to turn his ride into a submarine.

It is one of the film franchises finest examples of our favourite spy cheating death and escaping an impossible situation.

The car had since been paraded around the world until it was put into storage by the production company, and that is where this story gets a bit weird.

For those who aren’t familiar with the TV show Storage Wars, if you rent a storage unit or shipping container but do not keep up with the payments, the owners have the right to auction off the contents.

In 1989, exactly this happened. After spending about ten years in storage, no one came to collect the 007 Lotus. At and auction in which bidders do not get to even look inside the storage container, the submersible sold for a meagre $100.

The buyer at the time, who has chosen to remain anonymous, did not recognise the car at the time, but has earned a very good profit from the recent sale.

An odd story, don’t you agree?

Dave Hester, from Storage Wars, agrees


The vehicle, nicknamed “Wet Nellie” by its on-set driver, retired Navy SEAL Don Griffin, was made for a sum of $100,000 – the equivalent of $500,000 today.

It sports the suffix number plate, PPW 306R, which were first issued in 1976.

The Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger and Thunderball, driven by Sean Connery, previously sold for $4.4million in 2010.


Daniel Walker is a wannabe movie expert and is the founder and editor of

1 BXV Scrapped from Auction

August 31, 2012
Posted in Auctions — Written by Nationla Numbers

DVLA have withdrawn 1 BXV from auction as it has already been issued.

The cherished reg was originally released in 1935 along with other BXV numbers.

As the number plate is not currently showing as registered to a vehicle it is believed that it may have been scrapped or otherwise ‘lost’.

Number plates can only be transferred if on a roadworthy vehicle with valid tax and MOT, or on a valid retention certificate.

Current DVLA law says ‘lost’ number plates cannot be reissued, though as the true owner of any registration it is well within their ability.


An email apologising for any inconvenience was sent to every registered bidder on August 29th.

The auction, which takes place in Surrey, starts on the 6th of Septembers and runs for 3 days.

It is not uncommon for the DVLA to remove certain number plates from sale for various reasons.

At the last DVLA auction the number plate WA11 KER was pulled due to the rude word it can be seen as spelling.


DVLA Score lb4.7m with Auction

June 15, 2012
Posted in Auctions — Written by Nationla Numbers

The recent number plate auction proved to be a great success for the DVLA who bagged lb4.7 million from the proceedings.

“Once again we have been left stunned by the tremendous level of interest in our sale”, said Jody Davies, personalised registrations events manager for the DVLA.

The auction had a distinctively British feel themed on the big patriotic events of the summer, including the Jubilee, the Euros and the Olympics.

The big winners were EN61 AND and HO11 AND, which sold for lb12,000 and lb20,100 respectively.

Olympian Iwan Thomas took bids for REL 44Y and RUN 3R, which fetched lb2,400 between them.

Two royal number plates, PR11 NCE HA12 RRY, where bought for a total of lb21,700.

Other podium-finishers included 80 O (lb35,000), OL11 VER (lb30,000), PO12 TER (lb17,000), 4 HFS (lb15,000), BA11 LEY (lb14,700), and 851 NGH (lb12,000).

“Linking up with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games has been a real success” continued Jody Davies, “we are really pleased that so many people were able to find their perfect personalised registration.”

WA11 KER Pulled from Auction

June 8, 2012
Posted in Auctions,Number Plates — Written by Nationla Numbers

DVLA have been caught with their trousers down as they remove the personalised number plate from the June auction.

The registration had been advertised for weeks before being deemed too offensive for British roads with just over a week until hammer time.

DVLA say they originally included the number plate “in salute of the race walking fraternity” as well as for the popular surname, Walker, but later said:

“This is something we would not tolerate and as such the decision was taken to withdraw it from the sale.”

Offensive plates usually do not get issued, the DVLA are even known to take back inappropriate registrations, so it is wondered why it took them this long to realise their mistake or if public complaints prompted the removal.

“It is a very good number plate for the surname” says Eric Craggs, the Chairman of Nationla Numbers. “We have received a lot of interest from customers and I imagine it could have gone for a lot of money.”

The last Walker number at auction was “W41 KER”. It sold for lb16,000 in 2000.


Iwan Runs the Show

Posted in Auctions — Written by Nationla Numbers
Iwan Thomas sporting the two number plates.

Iwan Thomas sporting the two number plates.

British sprinting icon, Iwan Thomas, was handed the baton at today’s DVLA auction as he took bids on two number plates.

The world of personalised reg plates is fast-paced and highly competitive, but the Olympic Silver-medallist didn’t false start under the pressure.

The record-holding athlete later said he was “not going to give up the day job just yet”, though the crowd would gladly welcome him back again.

Iwan Thomas, MBE, auctioned-off RUN 3R and REL 44Y, each going for lb1,900 and lb500 respectively.

The London auction has an Olympic-theme with such registrations as EN61 AND, HAM 333R, RUN 100M and many more put up for sale.


’10 O’ Number Plate Set for DVLA Auction

October 6, 2010
Posted in Auctions — Written by matthew.smith

Harrogate’s Rudding Park is the setting for the current DVLA number plate auction.

The auction got off to a flying start yesterday, with lb374,000 raised in the first two hours, with thousands of bidders trying to get their hands on a unique number plate for a bargain price.

’99 A’ has attracted the majority of headlines so far, selling to a resident of Birmingham for lb28,000, following a reserve price of lb3,000.

The DVLA’s personalised registrations marketing manager, Damian Lawson, has been delighted by the start made to the auction.

“We have had a fantastic start,” Mr Lawson exclaimed.

“The hotel has been packed out and bids have been high – a phenomenal opening to the auction.”

Several number plates are set to steal the show, with the GEN 151S registration the talk of the event.

Phil Collins and rock band enthusiasts were clamouring to get their hands on the unique GEN 151S number plate, which went to a lucky bidder for just lb2000.

“Genesis is a legendary band and a personalised registration is a perfect way for fans to show their loyalty – although they may have some famous competition,” Mr Lawson said.

Many of Liverpool Football Club’s male fans will also be desperate to get their hands on LFC 80Y when it goes under the hammer today, with its reserve of just lb400.

The main attraction will almost certainly be Friday 7th’s first lot; ’10 O’.

With a reserve price set at lb10,000, all eyes will be on this registration number with it almost certain to rocket into astronomical figures.

If the ’10 O’ number plate is out of your price range, there are plenty of other number plates available to choose from, with 1,500 going to auction over the three days.

Friday’s auction hosts a number of other great number plates.

’31 OO’ will go on sale with a reserve price of lb3,000 and ‘3 OOO’ will go under the hammer with a reserve price of lb4,000.

Those who are new to number plate auctions shouldn’t be daunted; the number plate experts at Nationla Numbers can help you every step of the way.

Just call 01642 363738 and speak to one of their helpful advisers, and let the professionals take care of everything.