Investors eye Shannons major NSW 'plate' sale

06 March 2018

• Record 19, three-digit numerical B&W plates on offer

• Lucky ‘88688’ plates for investors

• Important ‘917’ and ‘918’ Porsche racing numbers

With no less than 30 special numerical black and white plates on offer in the NSW’s Roads & Maritime Services’ annual release, investors will be beating a path to Shannons St. Leonards’ door on Monday, March 12

Heritage number plate values have remained strong and resilient in recent years, as evidenced by the record Australian auction price achieved by Shannons last year of $2.45 million for the NSW number ‘4’, while ‘321’ went for a record $192,000 for a three-digit NSW plate at the same August, Sydney Winter Classic Auction

Being the major New South Wales number plate auction of 2018 adds extra urgency to the March 12 sale for enthusiasts keen to ride the investment wave.

The numerically lowest of the 19 three-digit New South Wales black and white number plates in Shannons March 12 Sydney Autumn Auction is ‘251’, which is expected to sell in the $80,000-$110,000 range.

An outstanding feature of this year’s annual plate sale is the quantity of the 19, three-digit plates on offer, from ‘251’ to ‘918’, with auction price estimates in the $70,000-$110,000 range.

Porsche enthusiasts will be attracted by the iconic model numbers ‘917’ and ‘918’ on NSW number plates being auctioned by Shannons in Sydney on March 12, where each is expected to sell in the $70,000-$90,000 range – cheaper than any current Porsche car.

However, numbers with special historical or model significance like ‘917’ (the type number of Porsche’s first Le Mans winners in 1970/71 and its CanAm sport car series winners in 1972/3) and ‘918’ (Porsche’s most recent road-going supercar), could achieve more than their anticipated $70,000-$90,000 because of their added appeal to Porsche enthusiasts.

Feeling lucky? The NSW black and white number plate ‘88688’ could be yours for $22,000-$20,000.

Another number that could punch well above its predicted $22,000-$30,000 range is ‘88688’ – the only five-digit plate in the auction with its special ‘lucky’ number significance.

Some of the interesting four-digit plates include the numerically attractive ‘2929’, ($35,000-$50,000) and ‘2013’, ‘2014’ and ‘2015’ plates covering recent years ($35,000-$50,000) – an ideal investment gift for a new child, or grandchild.

As with the previous annual plate auctions conducted by Shannons for the RMS, the authority is waiving its customary transfer fee for those purchased on March 12, representing a significant saving of up to $2,000. 

View all Shannons March 12 Sydney Autumn Classic Auction Lots

For more information on the auction contact Stuart Roberts (02) 8019 4179 or Damien Duigan (02) 8019 4180 or email

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