U.S. # 4745
2013 46¢ 1967 Shelby GT-500
America on the Move Series
In 1965, auto designer Carroll Shelby began working with Ford Motor Company to produce a line of Mustang GT 350 models known as Cobras. Not built for comfort or ease of handling, the cars were road-racing champions unsuited for everyday driving. All that changed when Shelby produced the 1967 Shelby GT 500 – an adult sports car that combined a big-block engine with mature handling.
Among the changes were those in exterior styling. Sheet metal was replaced with fiberglass panels. A forward-arching nose piece formed a cowling for the quad headlights while the hood featured a larger air scoop divided by a functional air splitter. The trunk lid and tail piece went together seamlessly to make a racy aerodynamic spoiler, and the side louvers of the earlier models were replaced by scoops. In a nod to the powerful 428-cubic-inch engine and earlier handling problems, the ‘67 Shelby GT 500 was available with an automatic transmission, power brakes, and power steering. One magazine editor compared the car to a “purring, well-controlled tiger.”
But the men who engineered the Shelby GT 500 were well aware of its potential. To protect passengers, it became the first production car to feature a true rollover bar as well as a shoulder harness to supplement the lap-style seat belt.
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.