Head to your local Thursday evening car show downtown, and you’ll see vanity plates of every creative ideology. Some tease horsepower while others are a play on words. Others are formal, stating simple vehicular facts like the year, make, and model—maybe they divulge engine size or the number of cylinders under the hood. Vanity plates are another avenue for car customization, giving owners new ways to make their car stand out in a sea of jumbled letters and numbers. Sometimes, certain vanity plates come with a built-in supply-and-demand issue like this “VETTE C8″ plate for sale on eBay for the upcoming Chevy mid-engined C8 Corvette.
There are only so many ways to spell what you want on a license plate, making the limited real estate highly desirable when it’s filled with something as bold and as exciting as the mid-engined C8 Corvette. What makes this “VETTE C8” license plate even more special is the black background and yellow lettering—it’s apart of California’s Legacy License Plate program that allows residents to obtain the iconic license plate design from the 1960s.
The eBay seller is asking for an excessive amount of money for the mid-engined C8 Corvette vanity plate—$495. That’s a hefty profit over the standard price of $50. However, if someone wants to license plate bad enough, they’ll likely shell out the cash for it. It may even be beneficial to buy it and resell it once Chevrolet unveils the new car. Even if you add up any of the associated fees involved with possibly transferring the plate to a new owner, the seller still comes out on top with a sizable profit.
Whether someone buys the darn thing is another matter altogether. Just because it’s for sale doesn’t mean someone is going to drop $500 on a license plate that initially cost $50. Vanity license plates are cool—but they make you stand out to both your fellow citizenry and the local police who may not take to kindly to a shiny new Chevy Corvette at the local grocery store with a “VETTE C8″ license plate. If the price tag is too steep, you can always make your own license plate.