Event:  2018 Shannons Melbourne Late Summer Classic Auction

Date:  Monday 19th February 2018 @ 7pm

Location:  40 Corporate Drive, Heatherton, Victoria

Fourteen Victorian heritage number plates were offered at this auction, with all plates selling under the hammer.

The standout was 124, which was tipped to be the first 3-digit plate to reach quarter-of-a-million dollars at auction.

It didn’t disappoint, selling for $268,000.

225 also did well as expected, reaching $206,000.

All other 3-digit plates sold for more than $100k, showing that the big price shift in 2017 has been sustainable.

Note that a 5% buyers premium is charged on top of the prices listed below.

3 digit:

  • 124 – $268,000 (32 bids)
  • 225 – $206,000 (27 bids)
  • 840 – $135,000 (32 bids)
  • 452 – $119,000 (16 bids)
  • 743 – $113,000 (47 bids)
  • 617 – $110,000 (17 bids)

4 digit:

  • 2255 – $73,000 (21 bids)
  • 7555 – $61,000 (27 bids)
  • 6661 – $58,000 (22 bids)
  • 4400 – $55,000 (17 bids)
  • 1928* – $37,000 (18 bids)

* Bicentennial plate.

5 digit:

  • 22444 – $32,000 (22 bids)
  • 88887 – $29,000 (12 bids)

6 digit:

  • 100002 – $15,000 (10 bids)
  • 100003 – $14,000 (5 bids)

Original price guides and commentary

Fourteen Victorian heritage number plates will be offered at this auction, including six 3-digit plates, five 4-digit plates (including one bicentennial plate), two 5-digit plates and two 6-digit plates.

124 is a major standout, and is the lowest 3-digit Victorian plate to go to auction since the 1980’s as far as I’m aware.  Shannons’ estimate on this one seems very conservative, and the plate is tipped to crack quarter of a million dollars.

Vic '124' on a Ferrari 458.

Closely following is 225, which is a very low and visually appealing number.  Again, the estimate on this one is very conservative.

Both 124 and 225 are privately owned plates, and are not being offered by VicRoads, as is generally the case with these auctions.

Looking at the higher plates, 2255 should do well (and would be a nice match for the buyer of 225) and 88887 will appeal to fans of the lucky 8s.

The plates to be offered along with their price guides are detailed below.

3 digit:

  • 124 – $160k – $220k
  • 225 – $100k – $130k
  • 452 – $60k – $90k
  • 617 – $60k – $90k
  • 743 – $60k – $90k
  • 840 – $60k – $90k

4 digit:

  • 1928 – $14k – $18k (bicentennial plate)
  • 2255 – $20k – $30k
  • 4400 – $20k – $30k
  • 6661 – $20k – $30k
  • 7555 – $20k – $30k

5 digit:

  • 22444 – $10k – $15k (no reserve)
  • 88887 – $10k – $15k (no reserve)

6 digit:

  • 100002 – $12k – $15k (no reserve)
  • 100003 – $12k – $15k (no reserve)

2018 Shannons Melbourne Late Summer Classic Auction