Tullochs Auction puts Batman plates under the hammer

Do you fancy driving around Launceston as Batman while keeping an eye out for your nemesis, Joker? 

Two number plates going under the hammer this month could turn the childhood dream of a DC Comics’ fan into reality.

Batman and Joker number plates are up for grabs at Tullochs Auctions’ Collector Car Auction.

Auction manager Jesse Reid tips the plates will bring out the young superhero and villain in bidders.

“The plates themselves are enough to have an auction on,” she laughed.

It is expected the Batman plate will fetch up to $35,000 while the Joker is only tipped to reach $2000.

In July a number plate bearing the number one sold at Tullochs Auctions for a staggering $310,000.

Ms Reid admits although Batman is expected to fetch $35,000, the huge amount paid for the number one plate showed anything was possible.

“There’s a lot of number plate investors – they’ve been really undervalued for a while – and have been picking up,” she said. 

The increased interest has resulted in 24 number plates being put up for sale at the upcoming auction. 

But it is not only stamped aluminum up for grabs at the Collector Car Auction.

A rare, left-hand drive 1974 LJ Holden Torana built in the Philippines could sell for a “very affordable” price.

With one owner, Ms Reid tips the car will fetch up to $45,000.

As of Tuesday evening, pre-bidding, the top bid lodged was $22,500.

The Torana coupled with a Falcon XB John Goss Coupe and a 1986 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Targa is likely to draw car enthusiasts from the woodwork.

The Porsche Targa – with a desirable Tasmanian history – is likely to sell for between $85,000 and $95,000. 

A FX 48-215 featured in Saturday’s story in The Examiner about the closure of Holden will also go under the hammer. 

“We’re looking somewhere around the million with the interest in the stock we’ve got,” Ms Reid said.

The auction manager said the popularity of vehicles had been increasing. 

“The car auctions have a fairly big mainland following and we get a great response,” she said. 

The Collector Car Auction will be held on October 21 from 1pm. 

Viewing is available at 20 Herbert St, Invermay, until the auction day.