The No.1 resource for history on South Australian Historic Number Plates

About SAplates.com

  • Welcome to South Australia's "Premier" Historic / Numeric Number Plate web site, www.SAplates.com

  • SA Plates have proven that we are "The No.1 Web Site in Australia to Buy and Sell South Australian Historic Number Plates", which were the very first registered number plates issued in South Australia, 1906.

  • My name is Scott Thomson and I am a South Australian Number Plate enthusiast and collector. I have been actively involved in this industry for the last 7 years. In that time, I have researched and been involved in all aspects of buying, selling and giving advice on SA Historic Number Plates

  • I started this web site as I could see a large void in the SA Historic Number Plate collecting scene and decided to bring buyers, sellers, enthusiasts and collectors together in the one place.

  • SA Plates has been up and running since August 26th, 2010 and in that time, has found immediate and proven success with some exceptional Historic Number Plate sales for both sellers & buyers within days of being listed for sale on the SAplates.com.

  • SA Plates will list your Historic Plate for sale, handle all negotiations, process all transactions to protect both buyer and seller, and most importantly, will ensure that both parties are delighted with their sale and purchase.

  • SA Plates has exceptional rankings on www.google.com having organic (not paid for) links on the 1st plage of over 97% of all searches relating to South Australian,SA Historic, Numeric, Heritage Black & White Number Plates. Our unique visitors and page views have increased by over 250% the since November 2010.

  • SA Plates has recently also started to promote our services in very successful magazines and papers, such as SA Life Magazine, Adelaide's most well known & read lifestyle magazine. This has immediately proven successful for our clients, sellers and buyers alike.

  • SA Plates currently has in excess of 100 clients on our mailing list database, many of whom are well respected business and public identities ready to purchase 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 digit SA Historic Number Plates. When a new Historic Plate is listed, these clients receive the very first notice of it being available for private sale, prior to it going live on the web site. Registering to be on our email database is FREE and it will give you the first option on a plate you may have been after for years. 70% of sales are to our mailing list clients, which proves that we have the buyers ready to purchase!

  • More and more people are realising that these types of number plates are not just for registration purposes, but also have huge investment potential and this has been seen consistently over the past 25 years since The South Australian Great Plate Auction in 1985. After the D.T.E.I. stopped offering these types of Number Plates for sale over the counter, Historic Plate prices have gone through the roof by up to 1500% & some plates even more, of the original purchase price a few years ago.

  • If you or a family member have been thinking of selling your South Australian Historic Number Plates, there has never been a better time to get top dollar for your plate..... & SAplates is here to do just that for you!

  • If you have any questions or queries about how SAplates.com can get "The Best" result for your South Australian Historic Number Plates, or you are looking for a specific Historic / Numeric Number Plate to purchase, please contact Scott at sales@SAplates.com & get an immediate reply.

  • History on SA Numeric Number Plates

  • The 'Motor Traffic Regulation Act' of 1904 was the first legislation issued in South Australia and it was administered by the Treasury. Its Primary objective was to impose speed limits but also included requirements for lamps, instruments to warn passers-by of approach and a prohibition on driving on footpaths.

  • Futher regulations were introduced in July 1906 requiring all owners to register their vehicles and for drivers to obtain a driver's licence. Penalties and disqualification criteria were also outlined and a minimal age of 17 years was set.

  • Registration fees were 2 shillings and 6 pence for motorcycles and 10 shillings for all other types of vehicles. Registration was valid for the period of vehicle ownership. In August, Frederick Cornish, at that time Chief Clerk of the Treasury, was appointed as the first registrar and commenced his new duties on 22nd August 1906.

  • On Sunday October 13, 1985 at 1pm, South Australia held its Great Plate Auction at the Hilton International Hotel in Adelaide.

  • The Auction was conducted on behalf of the South Australian Government and provided investors and motoring enthusiasts alike with an opportunity to secure a piece of South Australian motoring history.

  • 329 lots were auctioned off on the day including historic plates (which will be uploaded very soon), a special jubilee series as well as many special numbered plates never previously issued. As well as adding great prestige to the purchaser's car, they could be sold at any given time for a tidy profit.

  • Proceeds from the auction were used to assist Motoring Authorities to conduct road safety campaigns throughout South Australia.