U.S. # 4743-47
2013 46¢ Muscle Cars
Strip of Five
America on the Move Series
In the mid-1960s, Pontiac modified its Tempest model by adding a 389-cubic-inch V8 engine. In a flash, the modest family car had become a pulse-racing GTO and muscle car’s golden era began.
Powerful engines weren’t new, and neither were fast cars. What was different about muscle cars was the combination of big engines packed into mid-size cars that allowed for powerful acceleration. Due to mass production, high performance cars that once were a rarity only to be enjoyed by European playboys became vehicles average Americans could own. The first muscle cars could go from zero to sixty miles per hour in less than seven seconds – an incredible feat for the time.
Stock car and NASCAR racing also played roles in muscle cars’ heyday. Inspired by the souped-up cars favored by moonshine runners, races were soon staged on dirt tracks and beach courses. America fell in love with speed, and Detroit was happy to fulfill its needs. In addition to advancing automobile technology, engineers also developed critical safety features such as shoulder harnesses similar to modern seat belts.
Government regulation, gas prices, and soaring insurance premiums led to the demise of the muscle car era in the early ‘70s. But catch a glimpse of one rumbling at a stoplight and you’ll know... deep in our hearts, our love for fast cars never really died.
Carl T. Herrman designed all five Muscle Car stamps, using the oil-on-hardboard paintings by artist Tom Fritz. Each of the stamps pictures a stylish car in action.
Value: 46¢ First-Class letter rate
Issued: February 22, 2013
First Day City: Daytona Beach, FL – at the Sprint Fanzone at the Daytona International Speedway
Type of Stamp: Commemorative
Printed by: Avery Dennison
Method: Photogravure printing in sheets of 200, in 10 panes of 20
Perforation: Serpentine Die Cut ¾
Quantity Printed: 35,000,000 stamps
The 2013 Muscle Car stamps are the third set in the America on the Move series. The series began in 2005 with stamps picturing 1950s Sporty Cars and continued in 2008 with 1950s fins and chrome.