Title: The Most Expensive License Plates in the UK

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Summary: We see hundreds of license plates every single day, and to most of us they simply blend into the medley of the commute home. To the particularly car-proud, however, they are more than just license plates; they are status symbols, hilarious jokes, or expressions of individuality. For your reading pleasure, we have made a list of the most expensive license plates in the UK… ever.

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License plates are one of those commodities in life that most of us don’t even notice. Did you spot, for example, that the license plate on Doc Brown’s De Lorean read ‘OUTATIME’? Did your eagle eyes hone in on the fact that Iron Man’s plates say ‘STARK’?

We see hundreds of license plates every single day, and to most of us they simply blend into the medley of the commute home. To the particularly car-proud, however, they are more than just license plates; they are status symbols, hilarious jokes, or expressions of individuality. Some motorists consider these endeavours to be so worth pursuing that they are willing to pay vast sums of money for a simple arrangement of numbers and letters.

Here are the most expensive license plates in the UK… ever.

’51 NGH’ – £254,000

Singh is a common name in the Sikh community, which could possibly explain the sky high price tag attached to this plate when it sold in 2006.

‘VIP 1′ – £285,000

This plate is currently owned by Roman Abramovich, Chelsea FC’s billionaire owner. It has previously been fitted to the Popes private car for a visit to Ireland.

‘M 1′ – £331,000

This plate was purchased by a mobile phone entrepreneur in 2006, who claimed that the license plate was a gift to his 10 year old son.

‘1 D’ – £352,000

Long before the famous boyband of the same name, this license plate was purchased by businessman Nabil Bishara, living in Warwickshire.

‘S 1′ – £404,000

This was Scotland’s first ever pressed number plate, according to legend. In 2008, the mythology-shrouded plate was bought at an auction, with the anonymous bidder vowing to attach the plate to a second hand Skoda.

‘F 1′ – £440,000

For some time, this plate held the record as the UK’s most expensive. The coveted ‘F1′ number plate was bought by businessman Afzal Khan back in 2008, and since then have adorned his McLaren-Mercedes SLR.

 The UK’s Most Expensive Number Plate

’25 O’ – £518,000

Here it is, the UK’s most expensive number plate of all time. But why is it this particular selection of numbers and letters? What meaning could this combination possibly have that would warrant the spending of over half a million pounds? This highly desirable plate was bought by Ferrari dealer John Collins back in 2014, for his beloved Ferrari 250 SWB. It turns out that ’25 O’ is apparently considered the perfect number plate for the Ferrari 250, hence the bidding war that escalated into the heavens before Collins emerged victorious, holding the yellow plastic plank above his head like a wrestler’s belt.

Author: Dan Hackett

Title: Iconic Car of the Month – Aston Martin DB5

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Summary: It's time once more to explore the mythology of one of history's most iconic vehicles. This month, it's a car that’s long overdue for discussion. This car consistently tops top ten lists the world over for its looks, its illustrious history, and its status as a bona fide legend. It is rare that a car can be classed as a celebrity, but the mere sight of this vehicle on the road is enough to send pedestrians flocking for a closer view, cameras at the ready. This month, we present to you the endlessly elegant, perpetually stylish Aston Martin DB5.

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It’s time once more to explore the mythology of one of history’s most iconic vehicles. This month, it’s a car that’s long overdue for discussion. This car consistently tops top ten lists the world over for its looks, its illustrious history, and its status as a bona fide legend. It is rare that a car can be classed as a celebrity, but the mere sight of this vehicle on the road is enough to send pedestrians flocking for a closer view, cameras at the ready. This month, we present to you the endlessly elegant, perpetually stylish Aston Martin DB5.

The DB5 is named for Sir David Brown, who headed Aston Martin between 1947 and 1972. The car is a British luxury grand tourer produced by Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera, an Italian coachbuilder with a long track record of making jaw-droppingly beautiful cars. The DB5 was released in 1963, as an overhaul of the popular DB4. The main differences between the DB4 and its successor are the enlarged engine, up to 4.0 litres from 3.7L, three SU carburettors, and a tough ZF five-speed manual gearbox. The engine produced a whopping 282bhp, and gave the car a top speed of 145mph, with a 0-62 of 8 seconds.

The car is certainly exceptional in its own right. It’s fair to say, however, that the Aston Martin DB5 owes the lion’s share of its fame its most famous driver: that sharp suited, serial supervillain-thwarter, James Bond. The DB5 first appeared in a Goldfinger in 1964, driven through airy mountain passes by a smirking Sean Connery. Despite its inclusion in the films, the DB5 wasn’t intended by the series’ creator, Ian Fleming, to be Bond’s wheels. Originally, the books has Bond behind the wheel of another of our Iconic Car of the Month winners: the Bentley Blower. However, by the time the films were produced, the international playboy super spy would have looked a little odd driving around in a car that was a couple of decades out of date.

The car seen in the films was specially altered by Oscar-winning SFX expert John Stears, who conceptualised the deadly DB5 seen tearing through mountain passes with ease. The film version of the car was weaponised, with all manner of gadgets added in true Bond fashion, including, famously, hidden machine guns on the front of the vehicle. Since its debut in Goldfinger, the DB5 has made several appearances throughout the franchise, showing up in films including Thunderball and GoldenEye. Most recently it appeared in Skyfall, in which Judi Dench complains it is uncomfortable and is eventually blown up in the course of saving the day (the car, not Judi Dench). A fitting send off for a silver screen legend.

The car’s use in the world famous franchise has catapulted the-already exceptional vehicle to international fame, which has lasted the five decades since it first graced our screens. The luxury tourer deeply ingrained in British culture, with everything from television series to video games lining up to pay homage. Down the decades, the DB5 has been revered in pop culture as the ultimate vehicle: exuding style, oozing charm and individuality.

Author: Dan Hackett

Title: Bristol Street Versa to deliver mobility solutions to New Zealand in new Partnership

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Summary: Bristol Street Versa has forged a new international partnership, in a move that will see the specialist wheelchair accessible vehicle retailer export vehicles to New Zealand.

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19729 (1)Bristol Street Versa has forged a new international partnership, in a move that will see the specialist wheelchair accessible vehicle retailer export vehicles to New Zealand.

Bristol Street Versa has joined forces with Auckland-based transport company Auto Brokers and Consultants Ltd, to help provide mobility solutions manufactured to a high quality European standard to the population of New Zealand.

The move towards the partnership began when Noel Fleet of Auto Brokers contacted Joanne Ellison, general manager of Bristol Street Versa, with the hope of finding a company to help fill the gap for high quality mobility solutions and vehicles in New Zealand.

Speaking about the move, Noel said: ““It was clear that the New Zealand market needed a more qualified vehicle. Before we began working with Bristol Street Versa, the market was dominated by vehicles which weren’t subjected to as many quality and safety checks as those sold in Europe. One of the main appeals of working with Bristol Street Versa is the high standard of vehicle that they supply.”

“Since we are one of the first companies in New Zealand to import wheelchair accessible vehicles from Europe, we have had to work closely with the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC), part of the New Zealand government, that deals with the country’s universal no-fault accidental injury scheme, to bring the approval processes up to European standards.”

Alongside providing a ready stock of vehicles to supply to the public sector, Auto Brokers is hoping that the partnership with will allow it to grow its presence in New Zealand’s private mobility vehicle market.

Since the partnership began in 2015, Bristol Street Versa has already successfully delivered four vehicles to Auto Brokers, and intends to deliver many more throughout 2016.

Bristol Street Versa’s general manager Joanne Ellison said: “At Bristol Street Versa, we pride ourselves on delivering an outstanding customer service to mobility customers. As a specialist retailer, we work closely with our customers to find out the best solution for them, ensuring every customer drives away happy.”

“We are thrilled to now be working internationally with Auto Brokers and delivering our products and services to customers in New Zealand. Our products make a huge difference to the lives of all our customers and it is a pleasure to make such an impact on an international level.”

Author: Fusion Unlimited