$300,000 for number plates? They must be DREAMing
WOULD you pay $50,000 for your DREAM number plates?
How about $300,000 for six of them?
Rodney Gilchrist has a DREAM that he hopes will snare him a $283,500 profit.
The Gold Coast businessman is selling six personalised number plates - DREAM1, DREAM2, DREAM3, DREAM4, DREAM5 and DREAM6 for $300,000.
The number plates have been on the market for about 12 months, as the church pastor patiently waits for a cashed-up fleet manager to buy the plates.
Mr Gilchrist said his Dream Centre Christian Church parishioners gifted him the DREAM1 number plate when he turned 40, 15 years ago.
Over the following years he decided to buy the other number plates for his wife and their four children.
"When I bought their number plates, the kids didn't even have their licences," Mr Gilchrist said.
"We mounted their plates on the wall and I said to them 'Pick out your dream car and when you get your licence we will buy you your dream car and put on your dream plates'."
The time has come for Mr Gilchrist to exchange the unique Queensland registrations for enough cash to enable the children to put deposits on their dream homes.
"I'm open to offers," Mr Gilchrist said.
"At the end of the day the plates have significant meaning to us, but helping the kids get into their own homes is more important."
Number plate expert Christophe Boribon was surprised when he heard the plates were being offered for so much.
The Shannons Auctions external relations manager said the "value" in personalised plates was generally in the eye of the beholder.
He said car lovers were more likely to spend massive amounts of cash on heritage plates from the early 1900s than personalised plates.
"Heritage plates have had a very steady trend over the past few years of increasing in value," Mr Boribon said.
"With personalised plates it really comes down to the content of the plate and what that content might mean to an individual.
"If the content is generic and has a wider appeal then that plate may appreciate in value."
Shannons Auctions a few months ago sold a NSW heritage plate bearing the numeral 4 for a record $2.45 million.
While Queensland's Q heritage plates were yet to reach the values of Victorian and NSW heritage plates, Mr Boribon said they would become strong investments in time.
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