Heritage plates come from our Australian motoring history with-holding significant value and seen today as a status symbol. Heritage plates are generally considered to be the first official number plates issued in each Australian state or territory. Heritage plates consist solely of numbers, with the exception of Queensland where the plates start with a 'Q'.
If Sydneysiders thought property prices had hit peak ridiculous, licence numberplate collectors have gone one better. Single-digit, heritage licence plates have long been a highly prized collectible among the ultra-wealthy. In 2008, the No.6 NSW number plate sold for $800,000. It topped the previous high of $683,000 paid in 2003 by an Asian businessman for No.2. The NSW No.8 plate was regarded as the most valuable because it is regarded as auspicious in traditional Chinese culture. It last traded in 2010 for $500,000.
The record for a heritage plate is NSW no.4 selling for 2.45million. And NSW No.1 plate is owned by the family of the late founding chairman of Australian National Airways, Sir Frederick Stewart, who had owned it since the 1930s.
In Victoria & Queensland single-digit number plates are also investment grade assets. The number 1 VIC plate is owned by former Foster’s Group chief Peter Bartels.