CARLSBAD, Calif. -- A former Del Mar resident is attempting to sell the rights to a personalized license plate that he's had for almost a quarter century.
His license plate is a perfect seven characters and reads "DEL MAR."
"I had a gentleman that was offering me $20,000 for it for about five years ago," said John Chambers, the man who has had the "DEL MAR" license plate for the past 22 years. "I just didn't need the money and didn't want to sell them, so I didn't."
Chambers lived in Del Mar for nearly his entire life.
"I lived in Del Mar, went to school there my entire life," Chambers said. "I was a Del Martian. I remember walking home and seeing Jimmy Durante sitting in front of the drug store and going up to Zell's Liquor and getting a piece of a bubble gum."
But Chambers now lives in Leucadia and works in Carlsbad. He said the hometown he loved has changed.
"Del Mar was a small town. Everybody knew everybody," Chambers said. "It was a little hometown. You could walk anytime you wanted, day or night. Nowadays it's just become quite a scene."
Chambers is hoping to get about $20,000 for his plates. He said he got the idea when he read that a Connecticut resident did something similar for a personalized plate that read "4."
"They got $1.6 million. That's crazy!" Chambers said. "If people can sell license plates, this would probably be a good license plate to sell."
Chambers' plan is to take the potential buyer to the DMV so Chambers can surrender his plate at the exact same time the buyer would apply for it.
DMV officials confirmed that it is legal to sell the rights to the plate and that Chambers' plan would be a good strategy. But they were quick to warn that this plan does not guarantee that the plate would be transferred to the buyer.
A personalized plate costs about $50 for the first year, according to DMV officials, and about $40 every year after that.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times