£350,000 price tag on County’s first car registration - IT1

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The first registration number recorded for a vehicle in Co Leitrim is up for sale with a massive price tag of £350,000 (Stg) in the UK.

The first registration number recorded for a vehicle in Co Leitrim is up for sale with a massive price tag of £350,000 (Stg) in the UK.

Regtransfers.co.uk, a company which specialises in the sale of personalised number plates has the registration - IT 1 - listed for sale.

Apparently there has been interest in the registration, but no bids matching the price tag have been made to date.

This registration belongs to a Wolseley 10hp Twin-Cylinder Rear-Entrance Tonneau motor car purchased on May 23, 1902 by Caleb S. Laird of Drumshanbo. It was subsequently registered under the Motor Car Act of 1903 and the distinctive registration number IT 1 was the first number issued by Leitrim County Council. Caleb Laird was a pioneer motorist in Ireland, owning also in 1903 a Darracq motor car. He is believed to have sold on his Wolseley in 1905.

This car was under the ownership of the Lucey family for many years and was an undoubted favourite of Denis Lucey, being the oldest Wolseley in his collection. It was presented in green livery with Old Gold lining - Leitrim colours! - and when it went to auction in 2007 it still bore Caleb Lairds monogram on both sides of the tonneau.

The car was sold at auction in April 2007 at a Bonham’s Collectors’ Motor Cars and Automobilia Auction in the UK for £161,000 inc. premium.

Now you have the opportunity to buy your own bit of Leitrim history...all you need is £350,000 (Stg).