Shannons Has Your Lucky Numbers in 2013
SYDNEY – Jan 8, 2013: 2013 may be a lucky year for number plate enthusiasts and collectors at Shannons February 4 Sydney Summer Classic Auction, where the recently-formed Roads and Maritime Services will release a number of special numerical New South Wales plates for sale.
This will be the first time that the authority has staged a number plate auction since its formation in November 2010 and it has chosen Shannons as its partner to do it in style.
Nineteen plates are going under the hammer in the auction – five with no reserve– with seven highly collectible three-digit black and white NSW Heritage plates amongst them.
Top bidding in the auction is expected to be for the numbers ‘206’, ‘207’, ‘210’, which are all expected to sell in the $90,000-$110,000 range and ‘388’, ‘556’ and ‘748’, for which Shannons is quoting a guiding range of $70,000-$80,000.
As well as being the lowest numerical plate in the sale, ‘206’ will be specially sought after by Ferrari enthusiasts as it was the type number of the original mid-engined V6 Dino 206 GT Coupe introduced in 1968 that later evolved into the Dino 246.
There is also the very rare opportunity for someone to acquire the consecutive ‘pigeon pair’ numbers ‘206’ and ‘207’ in the auction.
And if you really wish to counteract the bad vibes of the 13th year of the 21st Century, what better way than to put the ‘lucky’ plate ‘888.808’ ($20,000-$25,000) on your vehicle?
Other plates like ‘‘2838’,‘1121’, ‘1314’ and ‘5544’ (all $35,000 - $45,000) and ‘101.010’ and ‘’132.132’ (both $15,000-$20,000), will be sought after by those appreciating their numerical symmetry.
However two very special plates – a blue ’45678’ and a pink ‘56789’ – will be especially popular. Both plates are being specially reissued by the Roads and Maritime Services and will be auctioned with no reserve, with all proceeds going to help Prostate and Breast Cancer research respectively.
To make their first plate sale even more attractive, the Roads and Maritime Services is waiving the usual transfer fee on all three digit plates sold on the evening, potentially save a buyer up to $1803.
The 19 number plates are being auctioned alongside 43 vehicle and six memorabilia lots.
Other highlights include nine classic Honda motorcycles offered from a major NSW two-wheel collection with no reserve and four Alfa Romeos from the 1960s and 1970s, similarly with no reserve.