A number of British motoring legends are being brought back to life thanks to a new set of stamps from the Royal Mail. The limited edition run is called Auto Legends and celebrates some of the greatest British cars from the 60s and 70s, as well as some of the unsung workhorses.
The set starts off in 1961, taking is back to the time when the Jaguar E-Type was launched to such massive acclaim. Then we’ve got the ever popular MGB from 1962 as well as the car that shot to fame as James Bond’s pride and joy, the ’63 Aston Martin DB5.
From 1965 there’s the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, a car that was described as ‘the best in the world’. It proved to be so popular that it stayed in production for 15 years. Then from 1968 we have the car that underpinned the fortunes of one of the few remaining British-owned car companies, the Morgan Plus 8.
Last, but by no means least, is another set of wheels that I remember fondly from the James Bond films. The Lotus Esprit was a classic piece of 70’s wedge design and, while the submarine conversion wasn’t a standard Lotus option, it’s appearance in The Spy Who Loved Me made the Esprit a huge success for Lotus.
The less obvious candidates are the workhorses, a set of four 1st class stamps that includes the Morris Minor van, The Austin FX4 taxi (a.k.a. the London cab), the Ford Anglia 105E, and the Land Rover Defender 110.
If you fancy a set, and if not, why not, then head on over to the Royal Mail shop and take a look at what’s on offer. You can also win a chance to drive with a friends in one of the classics from the set over on the Auto Legends Facebook page.