AFC 1 is owned by Arsenal FC, JOK 1E by ex-EastEnders star Mike Reid and FU 2 by circus boss Billy Smart.
The number plate is 100 years old today and what started as a simple means of identification can often be a status symbol worth thousands of pounds.
The Motor Act of 1903 made it compulsory for all vehicles to carry number plates. But as early as 1681, carts in London had to have a number on a brass plate.
Obsession ... love affair with number
plates started 100 years ago today
A century ago, Earl Russell queued all night outside the vehicle registration office in London to secure the first number plate, A1.
That year, 17,000 vehicles were registered — last year it was 29.7million.
Since the Government relaxed the rules in the Thirties to allow personalised plates, more than £1billion has been spent on them.
... original and best
And since 1989, the Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency has sold £688million worth of them.
The first person to take advantage of the new rules was music hall star Harry Tate, who bought T8. It is now owned by Johnny Tate of the Tate & Lyle sugar company.
Britain is the only country, apart from America to allow jokey and punning plates. They have now become such a must-have for some motorists that they are often worth more than the car they are on.
... but the engine rarely is
The most expensive number plate ever bought in the UK is K1 NGS, sold for £235,000 to a mystery buyer at auction in December 1993.
Some plates have become almost as famous as the owners. COM 1C which belongs to Jimmy Tarbuck, is the envy of every comedian in the UK.
Even royalty have been bitten by the number plate bug, the Queen owns A 7 and Princess Anne used to have 1 ANN before giving it up for security reasons.
... we like to boldly go places
Finding the perfect plate has become a favourite pastime of British motoring fans.
Plates are now used for everything from promoting businesses to describing the driver’s personality.
British female flyweight boxing champion Cathy “The Bitch” Brown has B17CH X, while Billy Smart’s FU 2 was, perhaps more appropriately, once owned by Seventies soft porn star Fiona Richmond.
... suitable for a psychiatrist
The growth of personalised name plates is ironic as the original — rejected — suggestion in 1903 was that cars should be given names, as ships are.
People try all sorts of tricks to personalise their plates, such as putting black screws between 11 to create an H and shaving the tops off numbers.
But the rule is: If it needs explaining, it ain’t worth the effort.
... this must run on crude oil
And with millions of new number plates still in reserve, it looks like our fascination with them could continue for another century.
Here are some of the most famous personalised plates you will see on the road — and a few you won’t.
... a very Pope-ular plate
... her sister Holly wants one
... bet this goes like a rocket
The perfect plate for Harry Potter fans has to be POT 73R available at £15,000.
... Will Young may like this
... no drinking and driving