When it comes to private number plate collections in the UK, there is no doubt one entrepreneur knows his trade. Designer and entrepreneur Afzal Kahn plans and builds some of the planet’s most wanted cars in the form of the Flying Huntsman, Huntsman 6X6 and the Vengeance, a legitimately certified Aston Martin DB9.
Vehicles are not his only specialist subject though; Afzal has expended a fortune acquiring one of the most valued number plate assortments in the world.
His initial number plate – ‘KHA 17’ – was bought for £700. Four years later he flogged the number plate for £6,000. It was at that moment Kahn’s hunger and passion for number plates turned from a diversion into a business venture. Today Kahn has collected over 68 UK number plates, with the value of each plate fluctuating significantly.
You would have to pony up a momentous number if you wanted to get your hands on Afzal’s F1 number plate. After having paid roughly £460,000 for the plate in ‘08, the registration number plate is thought to be worth over £10 million now. It was said that Afzal has turned down a number of multi-million pound bids so far.
“The number plate was first listed in 1904 by Essex County Council and clearly bears the shortening of Formula One.”
The correct number plate really enhances the car claims Afzal: “I consider number plates to be a better venture that, and from a business viewpoint the ceiling is only made of glass. UK Number plates will always be seen as a bizarre investment, but they are a better venture than gold and property nowadays.
“I have been at the front of two economic downturns and all of it tends to drop except for number plates, they are only ever distributed by the DVLA once and you only get one of a kind.”
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