Great numbers to be crunched by Shannons at Motorclassica
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Great numbers to be crunched by Shannons at Motorclassica

By Shannons - 01 October 2019

Some of Australia’s most desirable car and motorcycle number-plates will be auctioned by Shannons as a highlight of Motorclassica at Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building on Saturday 12 October.

The distinctive single letter Victorian number plate ‘Q’ is expected to sell in the $70,000-$90,000 range when Shannons auction it at Motorclassica at Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building on Saturday 12 October.

Amongst the 38 Victorian black and white plates on offer are the sought-after and extremely rare Victorian early motorcycle number ‘4’ and the single letter ‘Q’

Single digit motorcycle number plates are much rarer than their car counterparts and come to auction only once every few decades, with Shannons estimating that ‘4’ will bring $50,000-$80,000.

Astute collectors will also have the unique opportunity to put the single letter ‘Q‘ on each end of their vehicle.

VicRoads’ only previous release of 24 single-letter signature plates occurring in 2010, with none coming to auction since. Because the opportunity to acquire ‘Q’ potentially represents comes oonce-in-a-lifetime, Shannons conservatively expect this highly distinctive plate ‘Q’ to sell in the $70,000-$90,000 range.

Porsche owners looking for something special to distinguish their latest models, could be interested in the plates honouring the 1960s Targa Florio-winning ‘916’ sports car ($80,000-$120,000), or the 1970s ‘934’, representing the fastest road-registerable 911 variant of its era ($100,000-$130,000).

The Victorian Heritage plate ‘392’ is one of 11, three-digit Heritage number plates being auctioned.

A total of 11, three-digit Heritage number plates are also crossing the auction block, with most sales expected in the $70,000-$130,000 range, with the numerically-lowest plate being ‘392` ($150,000-$180,000) and the highest ‘976’ ($80,000-$120,000).

‘2019’ is one of the 14, four-digit plates being auctioned.

Of the 14, four-digit plates, one hot ticket item is ‘2.019’ – an ideal gift for a grandchild, that is expected to sell in the $30,000-$50,000 range, while ‘1.998’ would be a memorable 21st birthday present for $30,000-$50,000.

There are also many attractive number combinations in the auction, including ‘1.016’ ($20,000-$50,000), ‘1.458” ($40,000-$60,000) and ‘1.400’ ($50,000-$70,000).

A number of numerically-pleasing combinations will be amongst the 38 Victorian number plates being auctioned by Shannons at Motorclassica at Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building on Saturday  12 October.

All eight of the five-digit Heritage plates in the Motorclassica auction are being offered with ‘no reserve’, with highlights including the numerically-pleasing ’11.811’, ’99.888’ and ‘1.8181’ – each expected to sell for $15,000-$25,000.

All of the plates can be viewed pre-auction at Motorclassica from 9.00am - 9.00pm on Friday 11 October and 9.00am - 7.00pm on Saturday 12 October, with the auction commencing on the Main Stage, Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton, at 7pm on the Saturday.


Main Stage, Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton


Friday 11 October - 9.00am - 9.00pm
Saturday 12 October - 9.00am - 7.00pm

View all Shannons Shannons Rare Number Plate Auction in Conjunction with Motorclassica Lots

For more information on the auction contact Christophe Boribon on (03) 8588 0809, or 13 4646 (Option 5) or email

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