Chandigarh: A middle class person can buy a flat to live in his whole life, can start a business to feed the family, can buy a fleet of average cars or even can let loose Rs 26.05 lacs for his children's high end education, but this amount was shed for the sake of a conspiquous number for a super luxury car of a rich builder. Behold, the number is CH-01-AP-0001, only. That is more than Rs 2.6 Lacs for each character in the alpha-numeric string.
A builder named Amarjit Singh in Chandigarh paid that amount (of which the reserve price was already Rs 25,000) just to buy the registration number for his new Mercedes S Class car at the auction of car registration numbers here on Thursday. The car costs Rs 1 crore-plus. This is the highest ever amount made by the registration and licencing authority (RLA) in Chandigarh from any auction of registration numbers for motor vehicles.
The previous highest bid was of Rs 17 lacs for the number 'CH-01-AN-0001' which was taken by agriculturist-businessman Jagjit Singh Chahal in June this year for his Rs 85 lacs Toyota Land Cruiser.
"This (Rs 26 lacs) is the highest ever auction amount for any number," an RLA official said here.
RLA officials said that another person, who had bought a Rolls Royce car, took the auction up to Rs 26 lacs but gave up after that. "There were in all 99 numbers put up for auction today. The total amount collected in this auction is Rs 69,21,200. The number CH 01-AP-0001 fetched the highest amount, i.e. Rs 26,05,000 and the second highest number bid was CH 01-AP-0005 for Rs 450,000," an RLA spokesman said here after the auction.
Chandigarh resident Narinder Singh Shergill had became the first in the region in May 2010 to break the Rs 10 lacs mark to get the vehicle registration number of his choice - 0001.
Shergill's adventure in picking up the expensive number cost him half the price of the Toyota Fortuner SUV that he bought for around Rs 20 lacs. He picked up the number in the 'CH 01-AC' series.