Victorians shell out massive money for rare plates
RARE number plates continue to command big coin.
At the Shannons Melbourne Spring Sale, the Victorian registration plate '303' sold for a massive $203,000.
Nevertheless, it was one of several plates which commanded more money than many brand new cars.
The plate '812' - a number with special relevance to the latest 6.5-litre V12 Ferrari 812 Superfast - sold for $166,000
Other three-digit number plate results were '682' sold for $144,000; '560' brought $132,000; '447' made $112,000 and '905' went for $103,000.
Four and five-digit black and white Victorian heritage plates also performed above expectation, with '1.166' selling for $61,000 and '22.224' producing the best five-digit result at $33,000.
"These plates continue to give enthusiast a unique opportunity to make their classic or modern-day supercar stand out, while acquiring individuality and a status symbol at the same time,” Shannons auction manager Christophe Boribon said.
In the car sales, a 1987 Ferrari 328 GTS sold for $140,000.
A pair of classic left-hand-driver first series C1 Chevrolet Corvette Roadsters - a rare, white 1954 model restored to a high standard and a stylish black with white scallops and chrome wire wheels 1961 model - each made $116,000.
Amongst emerging modern classics, a rare 1999 Subaru Impreza WRX STI - one of 399 two-door Version 5 models to come to Australia - sold with 'no reserve' for $54,000.
In other results, a former left-hand drive 1979 Porsche 930 Turbo coupe sold for $137,000, an Australian favourite 1974 Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 Sedan went for $100,000, while a superbly-restored left-hook 1957 Chevrolet Belair Sports Coupe fitted with a factory 283-cid V8 sold for $71,000.
Another Aussie legend, a low-kilometre 1968 Holden HK Premier Sedan, made $50,000.
Amongst the Vintage vehicles, a stunning a 1924 Buick Master Six that had been restored to an exceptional standard brought $55,000 and a striking, restored 1932 Chevrolet B Roadster went for $50,000.
Meanwhile, a pair of early, unrestored two-owner Toyota LandCruisers - a 1971 FJ40 Short Wheelbase and a 1979 Toyota FJ55 4-Door wagon - sold strongly for $17,500 and $21,000 respectively, indicative of the increasing interest in classic working vehicles.