The car number plate every Hull City fan wants: HU11 CTY
HULL City supporters are getting the chance to celebrate their team’s success with a personalised number plate.
The DVLA is to auction personalised registration HU11 CTY during a three-day sale next week.
The plate is listed with a reserve of £900 and will be auctioned during the second day of the event, which features 1,500 registrations.
Jody Davies, events manager for DVLA Personalised Registrations, said: “HU11 CTY is as close to Hull City Football Club’s name as you’re going to get - perfect for any fan to place on their vehicle.”
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Supporters are already eyeing up the number plate in pre-bidding anticipation.
Official Supporters Club media and marketing officer Chris Smith drives a black and amber Smart Car in honour of his heroes.
He said: “I think the plate is absolutely priceless, for a dyed-in-the-wool, third-generation Hull City supporter like myself.
“It’s the perfect number plate for true Hull City fans.
“You couldn’t acquire a more accurate number plate to represent your devotion to your football club.”
The plate is being sold at the De Vere Village Leeds South Hotel.
Mr Smith thinks it will net far more than the reserve price.
He said: “It will go for several thousand pounds. The reserve will be nothing to that.
“I would think it’s going to go for at least four figures and maybe even a five-figure sum.
“I’ve seen T1 GER floating about on another fan’s car but this one is absolutely fantastic.”
Mr Smith said he might go along himself as a bidder.
He said: “That would really complete my car.
“If it goes for what I expect, the number plate would be worth more than the vehicle.”
Patrick Bromwich, chairman of the Beverley Supporters’ Club, said the number plate was likely to be popular with fans.
He said: “I’m sure somebody out there would love to have it.
"There will be a supporter with a bit of money stashed away and I’m sure it will go.
“It’s a very public way of showing how much you care about your club – but I don’t think my wife would let me put it on the car.”
There will be other plates for sale at the auction with higher reserves.
The top price is £5,000 for 18 O, while several have reserves of £3,000, including 500 A.
The auction will run from Wednesday, March 20, to Friday, March 22. The Hull plate will be sold on Thursday, March 21, at about 10.35am.
Bids can be made in person, by telephone or over the internet.
• Visit www.dvlaauction.co.uk to register as a bidder.
Registration for telephone bids must be completed by 10am tomorrow. Bids over the internet should be pre-registered by Friday at 2pm.
Those bidding in person can just turn up on the day but should arrive at least an hour before their lot is due to be auctioned.
A full catalogue can be downloaded from the DVLA library.
Three other plates up for auction are also expected to generate interest from northern buyers – BO11 TON, DU12 HAM and HA11 FAX.