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Little Classics News: 13 August 2013

Royal Mail British classic cars with ‘British Auto Legends’ stamps

Classic car stampsRoyal Mail today issues its ‘British Auto Legends’ Special Stamps celebrating some of the most stylish and ‘cool’ British classic cars that are revered throughout the world.

The six-stamp set features the ‘Thoroughbreds,’ some of which feature in experts’ lists of the greatest classic cars of all time: the Jaguar E-Type, Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, Aston Martin DB5, MG MGB, Morgan Plus 8 and the Lotus Esprit.

Superb examples of the six thoroughbreds were located in virtually factory fresh conditions, and all were photographed by the expert car photographer James Mann, involving specialist lighting set up to capture the classic lines of the vehicles.

The ‘Thoroughbreds’ are complemented by a four-stamp mini-sheet featuring the classic and iconic ‘Workhorses’: the Morris Minor Van in Royal Mail livery, Austin FX4 black taxi cab, Ford Anglia 105E and Land Rover Defender 110.

Royal Mail have themselves recognised 2013 as an important automotive year with 2013 seeing the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sir Henry Royce, the motoring and aviation pioneer who founded Rolls-Royce with Charles Rolls. 2013 is also the centenary of the founding of Aston Martin.

Andrew Hammond, Director of Stamps and Collectibles, Royal Mail, said: “This is a fantastic set of stamps that feature a collection of the very best in British motor car manufacturing in the 1960s and 70s. These cars are classic in every sense; and we are delighted to be bringing a reminder of these iconic motor cars to the nation’s doorsteps through this latest stamp issue.”

The stamps are available online at: www.royalmail.com/autolegends



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