By on March 28, 2013

A farmer from a village in Punjab recently paid Rs. 7,00,000/- ($13,000) to get the registration number PB-07 AK-47. AK-47 is the famous assault rifle, but what is shocking is the vehicle he got this number for.

The farmer took the AK-47 number for his Honda Activa scooter (pictured above), which costs Rs. 54,500/- ($1000). He could have used the amount he paid for the registration to get a decent sized hatchback. In the future, he will transfer the registration number to a Toyota Fortuner (pictured below) which he plans to buy soon. This is not the first time such a crazy thing has happened. Last year an Indian businessman spent Rs. 17,00,000/- (around $30,000) to get his registration number of choice.

Faisal Ali Khan is the editor of MotorBeam.com, a website covering the automobile industry of India.

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33 Comments on “Indian Farmer Spends $13,000 For AK47 Number Plate...”


  • avatar
    ash78

    Advertising your wealth, under the brand of violence, while driving a scooter. Nah, nothing wrong with this plan.

    • 0 avatar

      “AK47″ isn’t cool unless you are Russian or an Arab Terrorist.

      I think my next plate will be 2BG2FAIL

      • 0 avatar
        Hummer

        AR15 all day long!

      • 0 avatar
        Signal11

        Well, at least you’re consistently narrow minded in your jingoism.

        As MrGreenMan pointed out, for the huge parts of the world, the AK47 is a symbol of freedom and independence. In fact, more so than than the AR15 and its derivatives.

        And I believe the largest manufacturer of AK47 and its derivatives in the world is China.

      • 0 avatar

        I attempted to get 2BG2FAIL in Georgia (double meaning because I have a Range Rover, which is big but certainly not fail-proof) and it was taken. Months later a friend saw it on a Mustang.

    • 0 avatar
      MrGreenMan

      The AK-47 means a lot of different things to different peoples. The American/NATO bias is to view it as the weapon of our existential enemies. However, the scooter, the Toyota 4×4, and the AK-47 all probably mean a similar thing to that guy: Freedom.

      The AK-47 is a more globally-recognizable symbol of freedom and independence than a RWD car, V8 roar, open road, no brakes, and lots of gasoline in America.

      Perhaps it’s a pun — maybe he thought the scooter had a stoccato exhaust note?

      • 0 avatar
        Adamatari

        +1, MrGreenMan.

        As much as some people hate to recognize it, the AK was the weapon of many poor places throwing off outside domination. East Timor (which fought off cruel Indonesian domination for decades before independence), Zimbabwe (which fought off the domination of racist whites only to fall under a corrupt megalomanic), and Mozambique (fighting off racist Portugese domination) all have the AK-47 in the national symbols.

  • avatar
    Tosh

    Pics, or it didn’t happen.

  • avatar
    mankyman

    This guy is no farmer, unless he’s growing psychoactive cash crops. Your average Indian farmer can barely feed himself and his family.

    • 0 avatar
      Jellodyne

      That would certainly explain his love of an AK-47. Gotta protect those cash crops.

    • 0 avatar
      Jellodyne

      That plate should go on a Toyota Hilux, the automotive equivalent of the AK-47 — relatively cheap, indestructible and utilitarian, and popular with the same crowd.

    • 0 avatar
      arun

      You are right and you are wrong…

      You are right in that your average Indian can barely feed himself but you are wrong when you say that he is no farmer…he is a farmer no doubt….one with acres and acres of land as farmland, the crops grown on which get exported to western countries as indian rice, wheat etc…farmer such as this one tend to be extremely rich but with little to no education, hence their love for things that scream status – things that the more educated amongst us abhor.

      • 0 avatar
        MrWhopee

        Wouldn’t that be more like a ‘plantation owner’, as farmers generally described those who still work their own land?

        • 0 avatar
          arun

          True. His ancestors (maybe a couple of generations back) were prolly still tilling land but he currently is just the farm land owner. In Indian news outlets, they are still referred to as farmers though..

  • avatar

    License plate auctioning seems like an easy way for local governments to raise funds, I’m actually wondering now why more don’t do it.

  • avatar
    reclusive_in_nature

    I thought I was a hardcore scooterist…

  • avatar
    Rday

    Farmers must be doing quite well in India. The stories I have heard about Indian farmers seem rather difficult.

  • avatar

    The UK has an active market in the sale of registration plate numbers. A few years back someone paid 400K British pounds for “F1″. This company, is offering X1 for a million pounds:

    regtransfers.co.uk/

  • avatar
    MrWhopee

    So, what combination of letters/numbers license plates in India comprised of? I know that in the US it can be 7 letters or numbers which you can customize in any combination you want. Where I live it’s one or two letters denoting specific region, then 4 numbers, then 2 (3 now in Jakarta, for newer cars) letters. The numbers and last letters you can customize for a price, but that’s it, which makes it difficult to really personalize your license plate. How about in India?

    • 0 avatar

      MrWhopee, its simply in India. MH, KA, etc are the name of the state, right ahead. A two digit number follows according to the city or RTO region.

      Then there is the series which is alphabetical, followed by a number between 0 – 9999, based on sequence.

      So a typical number in Mumbai City (which is in Maharashtra state) would be MH01 BA 1252

  • avatar
    Detroit-Iron

    Back in the early-nineties/tail end of the crack wars I was driving in East Baltimore when I accidentally cut off a blacked out Maxima (the 4DSC) with the license plate “AK 47″. Scared the crap out of me but they guy just gave me a wave.

  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    That car looks a lot like the Chevy Equinox in its side-profile…

  • avatar
    Ron B.

    I for one believe that an Indian farmer could pay that much for a plate. India is a vast place with a massive population and a lot of population has wealth that is eye watering. if you want to check out their car scene ,google teambhp.com .The most interesting forums for me relate to old cars ,such as http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/pre-war/2653-how-rich-were-maharajas-before-independence-cars-maharajas.html
    A lot of the posters are actually Maharajas today and the number of antique rollers etc parked away is astounding. Not everyone in India is on the breadline and if their economy keeps moving as it ,these folks may one day live in a lot better circumstances.

  • avatar

    He’ll have that number until they pry it from his cold, dead fingers.


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