CALIFORNIA VANITY PLATE “CASH” HITS THE MARKET AT LAST FOR COOL $2 MILLION
Vanity plates for cars have been around for a long, long time. Longer than I ever suspected, anyway. While I’m sure that depends on the state, they’ve been up for grabs in California for at least 50 years. That’s because way back in 1970, San Francisco Bay area lawyer Claude Arthur Stuart Hamrick paid for the rights to his very own vanity plate with his initials, CASH. Since then, he’s transferred the plate to one of his cars over the years, mostly Cadillacs. Now that he’s retiring, he’s ready to let his initials go, at least one of his cars. So he’s selling the rights to transfer CASH to some lucky winner for the grand total of $2 million.
BAY AREA LAWYER WITH INITIALS “CASH” HAS ENJOYED PLATE FOR LAST 50 YEARS
That’s right, I said $2 million! It seems for some reason that a LOT of people out there over the years have had a jealous sense of coveting when they saw his cars drive by with the CASH plates. They wants it. Their precious. The one plate to rule them all. Even car dealers have tried to buy it away from Hamrick, with one offer of a million dollars. But he’s been attached to the novelty of his initials on his vanity plate. Well, his initials are money, after all. But now that he’s retiring, he’s willing to let it go, if you’re willing to meet his price!
LAWYER NOW READY TO RETIRE, AND ALSO READY TO LET HIS PRIZED BRAND “CASH” MOVE ON
So how could Hamrick hold onto this for so long, with all these amazing money offers for his vanity plate? Well, he was one of the first patent attorneys in Silicon Valley to patent semiconductors, so you might say he’s had a great career and didn’t need the extra cash for his, well, CASH. But now that he’s ready, there’s evidently a market for that. There’s even a place where people can buy their most coveted vanity plates in California, The Plate Broker. And they expect CASH to sell fast, to some actor type, investor or socialite. Hey, it is California, after all.