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The number plate 25 0 was recently sold by the DVLA to buyer John Collins, owner of Talacrest and widely regarded as one of the world’s leading collectors and dealers of classic Ferraris.
Collins bought the 25 0 personalised registration for the sum of £518,000 less than three hours after purchasing 250 L for the high sum of £130,320. Including the fees, the total amount paid by the renowned business man accumulated to £648,320!
Both of the number plates were among the 1,600 registrations being auctioned by the Agency as part of its 25th Anniversary celebrations. The three-day auction and its 150th live sale are just two of the celebratory events being held at The Vale Resort near Cardiff.
The sold number plates will be put onto some of the world’s most exclusive cars, with the 250 L set to head onto a rare 1964 Ferrari Lusso, whilst the 25 0 will head the Ferrari 250 SWB, a car that was once owned by rock singer Eric Clapton.
Mr Collins said: “I was just determined to own them, it was just a case of how much I was going to have to pay for the privilege.”
When asked how much Collins was prepared to pay for the number plate 25 O, his response was: “I’m not too sure, it could possibly have been the first £1 million personalised registration!”
Jody Davies, DVLA Personalised Registrations’ Events Manager, said: “What a spectacular way to mark our 150th auction during our 25th Anniversary year. While we had high hopes for both registrations, we never dreamt they would be so successful and enable us to make history for the DVLA.”
Other high sellers in the sale include CU11 ENS (£26,648), FU11 ERS (£23,202) and 1 HJW(£21,084).