Wealthy enthusiasts have the habit of reserving specific number plates, with biddings going for lakhs. Read on for the full details about this Toyota Fortuner owner who paid a ridiculous amount for his number plates.
James Bond is one of the great fictional characters and is a fan favourite for people all over the globe. Even though Bond himself has gone through various iterations, he still manages to be as famous as he was 50 years ago with his larger than life character persona and ability to escape precarious situations with ease. Mr. Bond is also fond of his automobiles and has a special admiration for Aston Martins, so it is not much of a surprise that fans of him will try to imitate the most obvious spy in the world. We have come across one such fan who paid the same amount as his new Toyota Fortuner for a 007 registration plate.
Ashik Patel, who resides in Gujarat and is a transporter by profession, pledged Rs 34 lakh to register his new Toyota Fortuner which he bought for Rs 39.59 lakh with a 007 number plate. At a time when people are losing their livelihoods due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the ensuing lockdown, some may question the judiciousness of the act of spending almost the same amount of money as his car on a registration number.
'007', this is the code assigned by the British secret service to Bond and is often referred to by this number. Patel intends to use this registration number for his newly bought Toyota Fortuner which cost him around Rs 39.50 lakh. This comes at a time in the ongoing crisis related to Covid-19 where minimalism has become the new financial mantra. Some may also question the judiciousness of the act of spending almost the same amount of money as his car on the registration number. However, Ashik maintains he has his own reasons.
The Toyota Fortuner is one of the most popular premium full-size SUVs in India and is priced between Rs 28.66 lakh – Rs 35.88 lakh. It is powered by either a 2.7-litre petrol which makes 166 PS/ 245 Nm of peak power and torque or a 2.8-litre diesel that churns out 177 PS/ 420 Nm of max power and torque and is mated to 6-speed auto as standard though you can also opt for a 5-speed or 6-speed manual.