Record-breaking private plate to go on Ferrari 250 SWB

DVLA smashes British record as 25 O sells for £518,000, will sit on Ferrari previously owned by Eric Clapton

Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta

The British record for the sale of a personalised plate has been smashed at the DVLA's 25th anniversary auction.

The '25 O' plate went for more £500,000 and is destined for the Ferrari 250 SWB once owned by music legend Eric Clapton. It beat the previous record of £357,000 paid for '1 D' in March 2009.

Leading Ferrari collector and dealer John Collins was the buyer for the latest record breaker and parted with £518,000. The 'O' series is particularly popular and has raised millions alone down the years. '26 O' was top seller at the previous auction in September but went for a now measly £36,000.

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Even more impressive was that John Collins' huge purchase came just three hours after he'd paid a staggering £130,320 for '250 L'. This will sit on a rare 1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso.

John 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. I’m not too sure [what my limit was], it could possibly have been the first £1 million personalised registration."

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The record success came in the DVLA's 150th auction which is also in its 25th anniversary year. Plates were first auctioned in 1989 and since then more than £2 billion has been made. This money is diverted back to the central Government.

Jody Davies, DVLA personalised registrations' events manager added: "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."

Rude number plates banned by the DVLA

Top 5 sellers from the 25th anniversary auction

125 O£518,000
2250 L£130,320
3CU11 ENS£26,648
4FU11 ERS£23,202
51 HJW£21,048

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