Q Plates were first issued in 1921. Prior to that year, vehicle registration was handled by the Queensland Police Traffic Department as vehicles were registered to the police district in which they were driven. These early plates started with a letter – representing district – followed by a number.
Q Plates were first issued in 1921. Prior to that year, vehicle registration was handled by the Queensland Police Traffic Department as vehicles were registered to the police district in which they were driven.
The last Q Plates are released.
In 1955, the issuing of Q Plates ceased. Q687612 was the last Q Plate to be produced, and embossed plates were introduced. 3-letter, 3-number format became the standard issue and continues today.
The Great Queensland Plate Auction
In 1985, The Great QLD Plate Auction was held at the Sheraton Hotel. With 175 Q Plates (including Q1–Q9 & Q10–Q50) going under the hammer, it was the largest auction of Q Plates in Queensland, with plates selling to many well-known Queensland business and members of society.
50-year anniversary auction
2005 marked 50 years since the last Q Plate was issued for Queensland roads. PPQ held a plate auction to commemorate this anniversary. In this image, then owner of Q2 and Q3 Shane Quig holds up his plates, both for sale at the auction.
The 2010 PPQ Auction
PPQ's 2010 Plate Auction showcased plates from as early in the range as Q70 to as late as Q88880.
Q Plates today
Q Plates remain in circulation to this day. The original plates are an important part of Queensland automotive history, with stories and generational legacies linked to many of the original sets. Discover the stories of some of the people who hold them now: