Q1 would be the most famous number plate in Queensland.

It is owned by Stefan (Steve) Ackerie, of the Stefan Hair empire.

Stefan purchased Q1 at the 1985 Great Qld Plate Auction for $100,000 and has retained ownership ever since.

The plate has been seen on a range of cars over the years including a Porsche 911, three different Mercedes-Benz AMG CLS63s and reportedly a Bentley.

There are reports that Stefan has been offered over $1 million for the plate.

Q1 was originally issued in 1921, and was registered to a Crossley owned by James T McGuire of the Newmarket Hotel in Brisbane.


Q1 heritage plate

Mercedes AMG CLS63 S – 7 August 2014 – Heritage Number Plate Spotting

Q1 number plate

Mercedes AMG CLS63 – 25 November 2013 – Heritage Number Plate Spotting

Q1 Number Plate

Q1 Number Plate – 16 January 2013 – Plate Shed

Q1 number plate

Q1 Number Plate – Date & source unknown.

Note:  Interesting to see the difference between these two closeup photos of the Q1 plate.

Q1 Number Plate AMG CLS63

Mercedes AMG CLS63 – 19 November 2012 – Aussie Exotics

Q1 number plate.

Mercedes AMG CLS63 – 15 March 2009 – Jason Hill

Qld heritage number plate

Mercedes-Benz CL600 – Circa 2009 – Heritage Number Plate Spotting

Q1 Mercedes S500

Mercedes-Benz S500 – Date & source unknown.

Q1 Number Plate Porsche 911

Porsche 911 Turbo – 2006 – Aussie Exotics

Stefan Q1 Number Plate

Stefan with his Q1 number plate on a BMW.  Date unknown.


Q1 was bought by celebrity hairdresser Stefan for $100,000 in 1985, but would probably fetch $1 million-plus if up for sale now.”

20 May 2012 – Courier Mail

“People come to see what the collectors will pay – Q-Series plates are the biggest drawcard with Q1 the most expensive plate ever sold for $100,000 to Queensland icon Stefan, now worth $1 million.”

7 February 2007 – Qld Government Statement

“Mr Aspromourgos has encountered some sceptics, however, who doubt his choice of investment. But it has worked for Stefan, of hairdressing fame, who bought a number plate in 1985 printed with Q1.

At the time, he paid $120,000 for the number plate. In 2005 he was offered a cool $1 million for it, but refused to sell.”

2 February 2007 – The Chronical

If you have more photos of Q1 we’d love to see them.