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Royal Mail celebrates the best of British motoring

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Editor of BBC Autos, Matthew is a former editor at Automobile Magazine and the creator of the digital-only Roadtrip Magazine. His automotive and travel writing has appeared in such magazines as Wired, Popular Science, The Robb Report and Caribbean Travel + Life. He lives in Los Angeles with his wonderful wife and four-year-old daughter.

 

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This is a big year for British cars. In addition to Aston Martin’s centenary celebration (and the 60th birthday of the DB5), 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Rolls-Royce co-founder Sir Henry Royce. To celebrate, the Royal Mail has done what the Royal Mail does best: print stamps.

Issued on 13 August, the six-stamp set features a dream garage of British motors from the 1960s and ’70s, including the 1961 Jaguar E-Type (1st Class), the 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow (1st Class), the 1963 Aston Martin DB5 (1st Class), the 1962 MG MGB (£1.28), the 1968 Morgan Plus 8 (£1.28) and the 1976 Lotus Esprit (£1.28). The Royal Mail enlisted car photographer James Mann to locate and shoot pristine examples of the six cars at Plough Studies in South London.

For those less exotically inclined, the Thoroughbreds series is joined by a 1st Class four-stamp mini sheet honouring some slightly less glamorous British metal: a Royal Mail van, a taxicab, a police car and a Coast Guard truck. The Workhorses series includes the Morris Minor Van, the Austin FX4, the Ford Anglia 105E and the Land Rover Defender 110.

The stamps are available by phone, in person at the UK’s 10,000 postal offices or online, at www.royalmail.com/autolegends.

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