The NSW heritage plate ‘3‘ was originally issued around 1915 to the Minister for Police, and was was displayed on a Renault.
By 1920 the plate had been transferred to G.O. Paul of Wentworth Place, Point Piper. It was displayed on a Chandler.
In 1983 it was the lowest number to be offered at The Great Plate Auction. Unfortunately we do not know the price, or even whether or not it sold.
What we do know is that it was the only plate in the auction offered by a private seller, and also the only plate offered with a reserve ($80,000).
The plate was offered on behalf of its then owner, W.F. Buckle of Brookvale.
Today the plate is said to be owned by a property developer, and has been displayed on a black Porsche 911 Turbo for some years after previously being on a Subaru Impreza 22B (both pictured below).
Porsche 911 Turbo – 25 January 2016 – Heritage Number Plate Spotting
Porsche 911 Turbo – 15 December 2014 – Heritage Number Plate Spotting
Porsche 911 Turbo – 23 September 2014 – Heritage Number Plate Spotting
Porsche 911 Turbo – 24 June 2014 – Sydney Exotic Car Scene
Porsche 911 Turbo – 28 October 2010 – Aussie Exotics
Porsche 911 Turbo – 14 September 2010 – Plate Shed
Subaru Impreza 22B
Photo taken in the early 2000s and provided to Heritage Number Plate Spotting by Craig Jeffriess in February 2016.
“The number plate “3” is on the Subaru 22B and is owned by a well known property developer”
28 June 2006 – Rexnet
We’d love to know more about NSW #3, especially details of any previous sales. If you have any information or more photos please post in the comments below.