If you are a James Bond fan, then you will be familiar with the luxurious cars the British spy cruises around in while he is hunting down bad guys, saving the world and romancing beautiful women.
Have you ever wondered, who owns 007 number plate?
Keep reading to discover who the lucky owner is!
Who owns 007 number plate?
So, who owns 007 number plate?
No, it’s not Daniel Craig, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, or George Lazenby.
The 007 number plate was purchased in September 2015 by an anonymous Guernsey resident at a public auction for a staggering £240,000!
The plate was valued by experts at £60,000, but the anonymous buyer surprised everyone by offering to pay four times that price!
Why are private number plates so expensive?
When shopping for personalised number plates, you will notice that they can run up a hefty price tag.
For instance, one of the most expensive number plates ever purchased is ‘1’, which cost Emirati businessman Saeed Abdul Ghaffar Khouri a cool £7.2 million.
Not all number plates are that expensive, however! You can find personalised plates for around £300 at DVLA auctions, or at a lower price if you buy them through a private dealer.
Custom plates are expensive because each private plate is completely unique. No two personalised number plates are ever the same.
Every time a custom plate is manufactured, it has a new, original registration number, with a new letter and number combination.
This creates exclusivity and scarcity when it comes to custom plates, meaning there is a huge demand for popular names, numbers, phrases and slogans.
This hikes the prices up because the original owner has many customers who are willing to buy the number plate from them. That is why private number plates are a highly lucrative investment opportunity.
When you don’t want your private plate anymore, you can sell it and make a profit. Other people might see the value in your plate, as it may reflect their personality or align with traits of their life. So, there will always be buyers who are eager to get their hands on your unwanted number plate!
Where can I buy a personalised number plate?
If you need a road-safety-compliant number plate, then there’s no need to worry: at Bespoke Plates, all of our custom number plates are 100% legal for use on the road.
Are you looking for a decorative, promotional number plate instead, which won’t be used on the road? Then, our number plates are available in show form, so this option is for you!
How to buy a Custom Number Plate from Bespoke Plates
To buy a personalised number plate from us at Bespoke Plates:
- Head to our website, and choose between 3D or 4D plates under the ‘build your plate’ tab.
- Enter your registration for a preview of the plate.
- Specify whether this will be a legal plate or a show plate.
- Choose your style.
- Select whether your plate will be for the front and back of your car or just one of them.
- Select your size.
- Select additional customizable options.
- Have it delivered to your home.
How do I make sure my private plate is legal for the road?
If you are planning to put a private number plate on your vehicle, you must abide by the legal requirements set out by the government. You can buy a private number plate either online, via approved DVLA sellers, or at licensed auctions.
When you buy a private plate from us at Bespoke Plates, we follow the legal reseller process, which means you will be provided with a V750 certificate of entitlement. This is the piece of paperwork that gives you, the owner, the legal right to assign to your vehicle.
The Rules for Private Plates
You can’t just choose whatever characters and style you want for your private plate. Your number plate must conform to the law.
- be made from a reflective material – for road safety
- black display characters on a white background (front plate).
- black display characters on a yellow background (rear plate).
- not have a background pattern – so as not to distort the readability of your plate.
- be marked to show who supplied the number plate – to assist with thefts and sourcing queries.
- be marked with a British Standard number – this is ‘BS AU 145e’ for plates fitted after 1 September 2021.
- The characters must not be removable or reflective. If your number plates were fitted after 1 September 2021, they must also be a single shade of black.
Additionally, private number plates cannot be used to make your vehicle seem younger than it is.
For example, if your car is registered in 2012 and has a 12 plate, you cannot replace this with a 22 plate, to give the impression that it was manufactured this year.
What is the difference between 3D number plates and 4D number plates?
Here are the differences between 3D and 4D number plates:
- Characters placed by hand
- Acrylic plate – polyurethane letters
- Rounded, raised characters with a wet, gel-like look
- Characters placed by hand.
- Characters are thicker and more rectangular.
- Acrylic plate – acrylic letters are laser cut and made from acrylic sheets.
- Rectangular and deep raised characters.
- You can also get 4D plates which have a ‘wet’ look, which are made in the same way as 3D letters, but with a thicker profile.
- 4D number plates are more expensive than 3D plates.
At Bespoke Plates, each order can be made entirely customised to your requirements, with different finishes and depths available to choose from.
When designing your 4D plate, you can choose aspects of your 4D number plate, such as:
- Style – Select from 4D 3mm, 5mm, or gel letters. All are applied using a high-strength adhesive. Check out our product gallery to see how our 4D number plates look.
- Legal or Show Plate – Either a legal or a show plate. Show plates are not legal to use for daily driving, because they are for decorative or promotional purposes only.
- Plate Type – Choose if you require both sets of plates, front & rear, or one side only.
- Tinted – Add a tinted look to your plate by selecting this extra.
- Border – Choose whether or not you would like a bordered design.
- Side Badges – Choose if you would like a Union Jack or Scotland side badge.
Read more articles like this
To learn more about personalised number plates, click here to read our blog articles and helpful pages on:
- What Are the Rules for Private Plates?
- Are Coloured Number Plates Legal?
- The Number 1 Plate Maker in the UK: Bespoke Plates
- Does a Personalised Number Plate Increase Insurance?
- Is a Custom Number Plate Worth It?
- Why Choose a 4D Number Plate?
- Can You Put a Private Plate on a Lease Car?
- Can I Drill My Number Plate?
About Bespoke Plates
As one of the established number plate makers in the UK, we at Bespoke Plates have all the options you can ask for. From 3D plates, 4D plates, standard number plates, gel plates, and electric plates, we offer outstanding craftsmanship with every plate we produce.
So, what are you waiting for? Browse our options to get the plate that speaks to you, and speaks for you, with Bespoke Plates.
- Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone – 0333 006 7878
- Visit in-store–36A Broughton Street, Manchester, England, M8 8NN.
We hope this article has answered the question ‘who owns 007 number plate?’
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