The British authorities began issuing registration plates for cars back in 1902. And although the standard of signs has changed several times since then, the century-old numbers can be used on a par with the modern ones.
One of these historical numbers – the three-character sign “O 10” – recently sold at auction for an impressive sum. An unnamed buyer paid 128,800 pounds for it-.
The history of this license plate began in 1902, when Charles Thompson, the owner of a stationery company, registered his car. He was the tenth car owner in Birmingham, hence the symbols on the sign: O-area code, 10-digit number.
In the 118 years since then, the “beautiful” number has visited a dozen cars owned by the Thompson family. At the same time, the sign itself, of course, was made anew and now it is made of plastic, like modern British numbers.
Recently, the great-grandson of Charles Thompson decided to sell the “family” room, and in early November, the “O 10” sign got a new owner.