British Auto Legends 2013: Commemorative Stamps
On the anniversary of the birth of Henry Royce (of Rolls Royce fame) and the centenary of the foundation of car-makers Aston Martin, Royal Mail are issuing a set of six stamps featuring classic cars. The theme of the Europa stamps 2013 is postal vehicles, so Royal Mail have added a miniature sheet to this issue, with one stamp showing a Morris Minor postvan. The stamps will be issued 13 August 2013.
The three 1st class stamps show a Jaguar E-type, Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow and Aston Martin DB5. The three £1.28 stamps show the MG MGB, Morgan Plus 8, and Lotus Esprit.
The 4 x 1st class stamps in the miniature sheet show workhorses of the British car industry. It features a Royal Mail Morris Minor van, a distinctive feature on British roads from the 1950s right up to the 1980s. Next the world famous London Black Cab with this version featuring the Austin FX4, and the original blue and white Police Panda cars, this a Ford Anglia 105E. More up to date, the Land Rover Defender 110 is a Coastguard Vehicle, first produced in 1990. As this is the PostEurop Issue the logo is shown in the bottom right of the Post Van stamp.
The stamps are designed by Why Not Associates and litho-printed by Cartor.