U.S. # 4746
2013 46¢ 1970 Chevelle SS
America on the Move Series
The era of muscle cars reached its zenith in 1970, when Chevrolet introduced its Chevelle SS. The move was in response to General Motors, which had ended the displacement ban that limited the horsepower of its midsize cars. Pontiac, Oldsmobile, and Buick answered with 455-cubic-inch engines that delivered up to 370 horsepower.
The majority of Chevrolet’s Chevelles were sold as family cars, but the Chevelle SS was a breed of its own. It sported a 454-cubic-inch V8 engine capable of a heart-pumping 450 horsepower with power delivered to the rear wheels by way of its “Rock-Crusher” four-speed transmission. It was the highest factory horsepower rating in history, beating GM’s Corvette.
With government regulations and insurance premiums already signaling the end of the muscle car era, Car Life reported: “It’s fair to say that the Supercar as we know it may have gone as far as it’s going” after test driving the ‘70 Chevelle SS.
In spite of its history, this legendary muscle car is relatively affordable today. While other cars of the era sell for six figures, the 1970 Chevelle Super Sport does not. However, prices have surged as “Baby Boomers” enter their retirement years and seek out the car they remember so fondly from their youth.
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.