A new series of number plates could land the winner of a Queensland government competition a major financial windfall as well as the distinction of owning the first set issued.
Queensland's current number plate series started in 1977 and, but for a colour change in 2001, looks largely the same.
Transport Minister Mark Bailey says the new series will begin appearing later this year and feature a combination of three numbers followed by two letters and a number.
The first plate - 000-AA0 - will be issued to a "local hero" who has been nominated for their community work and "they will also score a $500 gift card to boot", Mr Bailey said.
However, first issued number plates are highly prized and could net the winner tens of thousands of dollars down the track.
Queensland's celebrity hairdresser Stefan Ackerie purchased the state's first issued plate Q1, which was distributed in 1921, for $100,000 at auction in 1985.
It's conceivable that the plate will grow considerably in value, says Motor Trades Association of Queensland board member Peter Dever.
"It will definitely be worth more as the years roll on because it's the very first plate of the series, but it's hard to determine how much it will be worth, in say 10, 15 or 50 years from now, " Mr Dever said.
The new series will provide more than 16 million new combinations and is expected to last more than 25 years at current rates, he said.
Nominations for the local hero competition close on August 9.