U.S. # 4743
2013 46¢ 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona
America on the Move Series
For a handful of race fans, 1969 was a very good time to be alive. A driver with a need for speed could walk into the neighborhood Dodge dealership and buy a performance car equal to the year’s fastest NASCAR vehicle – all for less than $60,000 in today’s wages.
One of NASCAR’s premier events is the Daytona 500. The Dodge Charger Daytona was a modified version of the Studebaker Lark produced for the race from 1963-66. In the summer of 1969, the Dodge Charger 500 wasn’t performing well in the super speedway’s high banks. The company’s engineers went back to the drawing board and turned out a limited-edition version for the sole purpose of winning the Daytona race. According to eligibility rules, Dodge had to sell 500 units to the public.
The ‘69 Dodge Charger Daytona sported a pointed 18-inch fiberglass nose extension that reduced drag and enhanced downforce. Front fender scoops were added for tire clearance, and a massive two-foot-high rear spoiler graced its futuristic silhouette.
The redesigned “Winged Warrior” was unstoppable, winning its first race at Talladega. Bobby Issac set a closed-course world record of 201.104 mph in 1970. It was one of 28 world class records set in his Daytona, and many still stand today.
Carl T. Herrman designed all five Muscle Car stamps, using the oil-on-hardboard paintings by artist Tom Fritz.
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: 7,000,000 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.