More than $3.5 million was paid for just 30 rare and collectible number plates at tonight’s Motorclassica Auction.
Highlight of the night was the winning bid of $525,000 for the coveted Victorian ‘911’ number plate, which had previously been in the one family ownership for 35 years.
The packed Motorclassica Auction audience witnessed several bidding wars between collectors and investors, as a selection of highly-desirable, rare and ultra-valuable three, four, five and six-digit collector plates went under the hammer.
Other high marks set at the Motorclassica Auction tonight included plate ‘105’ at $325,000, ‘104’ at $291,000 and ‘106’ at 265,000. The aircraft inspired plate ‘747’ was expected to do well and sold for an excellent $195,000.
“It’s been a fantastic night and we witnessed some truly amazing prices paid for some very rare and collectible number plates,” Motorclassica Event Director Paul Mathers said.
“We saw very competitive bidding through the night between collectors and investors, and it’s clear that our first number plate auction really added another entertainment dimension for our patrons.”
Staged at Motorclassica’s Royal Exhibition Building venue, the Motorclassica ‘Rare Heritage Number Plate Auction’ was conducted by Shannons Auctions in conjunction with VicRoads Custom Plates.
“Number plates is one area of speciality for Shannons, so we are delighted with the outcomes achieved tonight,” National Auctions Manager for Shannons, Christophe Boribon said.
“It has been a number of years since there has been a specific number plate-only Auction in Melbourne and we felt Motorclassica was the perfect platform to showcase some of the best number plate combinations to come on the market in recent times.”
The most affordable collector plate at the Motorclassica Auction tonight turned out to be ‘100-700’ which went for $20,000.
Other notable number plates sold included the well-known Toorak postcode ‘3142’ which was hammered down at $56,000, and ‘569’ which achieved $125,000.
Motorclassica annually brings together the greatest collection of classic and collectible cars and motorcycles in the southern hemisphere, mixed with the very latest in performance cars from the world’s premium manufacturers.
Special exhibitions this year pay tribute to 90 years of the Australian Grand Prix with a display of significant racers from the event and the attendance of 1980 World Champion Alan Jones.
There is also a display of cars and motorcycles from the outrageous Art Deco era, from 1910 to 1940, and a celebration of 70 years of both the legendary Harley-Davidson Panhead and 60 years of the Triumph Bonneville.
Providing stark contrast to one another, Motorclassica has an exhibition of American muscle cars of the late ‘60s and tiny, quirky Micro Cars, plus significant Cadillac models too.
More than 135 cars are competing in the multi-class Australian International Concours de ’Elegance inside, while outside there are themed car club displays in the adjacent Club Sandwich presented by Lorbek Luxury Cars.
Like the number plate auction, another initiative this year is the ‘Live Restoration Theatre’ which sees various stages of live restoration work being demonstrated throughout the show.
Motorclassica 2018 finishes tomorrow (14 October) at the Royal Exhibition Building. Tickets are on sale now at:

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