Rare NSW numerical plates at Shannons Sydney Autumn Sale

28 April 2017

• Rare opportunity to purchase historic NSW number plate ‘29’

• Three great four-digit B&W numerical plates

• ‘No reserve’ five-digit Heritage number plate

The most valuable item in Shannons up-coming Sydney Autumn Auction is not one of the 26 classic vehicles going under the hammer, but two small black and white pieces of pressed tin.


Measuring about 15cm x 15cm, the ‘right to display’ the New South Wales numerical number plate ‘29’ issued early last century is expected to sell for $490,000-$550,000 when it crosses the block on May 22.

The earliest known record of the number plate – the Holderness Motorist Guide of 1915 – records that the NSW ‘29’ at that stage belonged to a Mr. MacCormick of Macquarie Street, Sydney and adorned a 26HP Minerva.

As well as acquiring a wonderful piece of NSW automotive history, its new owner is guaranteed instant membership of a very exclusive, low-digit numberplate club of just 90, whose ‘joining’ fee has risen steadily and reliably over the years.

Low number, double digit plates come onto the market only rarely, as they are often passed down through families or sold privately, so the opportunity to acquire one – even at the price of a Ferrari, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, or top-line Porsche – is one no serious collector will want to miss.

Even those who are unsuccessful have some wonderful alternatives in the form of five other special black and white numerical NSW plates.

Special four-digit plates also offered on the night include ‘3098’, ‘4002’ and the numerically symmetrical ‘9191’– all expected to sell in the $55,000-$65,000 range.

Meanwhile, for those starting a numerical black and white number plate collection, there is the NSW black and white plate ‘85758’, while ’74.820' is being offered with ‘no reserve’. Each is expected to sell in the $22,000-$28,000 range.

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