New stamps honor the greatest muscle cars of all-time
Much like the muscle car era of the 1960s and 1970s, current trends indicate that the U.S. Postal Service may soon be a thing of the past, as people increasingly turn to the internet to communicate with each other rather than send letters via “snail mail.” Instead of looking toward the future, it seems like the guys at the post office are embracing the past, as they are producing a collectors series of stamps that honor the greatest muscle cars of all-time.
The series, which goes on sale the last week of February, features five different hot rods that any car lover will agree represent the cream of the crop when it comes to American muscle. Each stamp has an extremely realistic artist’s depiction made by Southern California native Tom Fritz. Using oils on hardboard, Fritz based these paintings off of a real-life picture of each of these five classics in action.
One stamp features a candy-apple red 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS Convertible burning rubber down a strip of pavement. This Chevelle belongs in this collection as it was not only the quintessential hot rod in terms of looks, but it had two unstoppable versions of the 454 V8 big block engine, including the monstrous 450-horsepower LS-6.
Next up in the series is the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, which the artist depicted from the rear – the car’s best angle – highlighting the insane spoiler that kept this speed-demon grounded. The 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda – the Charger’s closest relative in the Mopar stable – also has a stamp in the series, though this stamp features a sweet shot that highlights the car’s slick profile and wide front fascia.
The 1966 Pontiac GTO, which was considered by many to be the first true hot rod, and the 1967 Shelby GT500 – itself a modification of the original pony-car – round out the top five in the Muscle Cars stamp series.
Although all of these are “forever stamps,” meaning they will be worth the market price for a stamp no matter what they cost in the future, most people who get their hands on these collectibles probably won’t be putting them on an envelope any time soon. Will you be lining up at the post office to get your hand on a book?