Great Britain

Rare number plate with just two characters sells for £380,000 at auction

PLATE EXPECTATIONS

A CAR registration with just two characters — J 4 — has sold for £380,000.

But the anonymous buyer will technically still not own it.

The price was a record for a plate from Jersey.

But the Channel Island’s registrations, which all start with J, are owned by its government.

Motorists can purchase only the rights to put them on their vehicles.

The J 4 plate was on Lieutenant Governor Sir Stephen Dalton’s black Chrysler Voyager.

He agreed to auction it and buy an electric car with the proceeds.

After the sale in Saint Lawrence, auctioneer Simon Drieu said that single-digit plates were the first issued in Jersey.

He added: “The lower the number, the more prestigious the plate.

"This is a frightening sum.”

The plate is now in Britain’s top ten for price. First is 25 O, which sold for £518,480 in 2014.

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