The United States Postal Service will celebrate one of America’s greatest contributions to automobile manufacturing later this summer.
The USPS has announced that it will release a new set of Forever stamps dedicated to the muscle car next month. The upcoming “Pony Car” set represents some of the most capable vehicles ever built by American automakers, including the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger.
The stamps pay homage to the new breed of vehicles that began appearing on American roads in the 1960s. It was around this time that automakers realized that young drivers were looking for more stylish and fun cars than vehicles. utilities driven by their parents. The result was the muscle car, a performance-oriented type of vehicle that became a uniquely American obsession. Nearly 60 years later, some of these vehicles, like the Mustang, remain in production, while others, like the Challenger, have been brought back from the dead more than once.
The “Pony Car” set consists of painted designs representing five vehicles: 1969 Mustang Boss 302, 1969 Camaro Z/28, 1969 AMC Javelin SST, 1970 Challenger R/T and 1967 Mercury Cougar XR-7 GT. Muscle car enthusiasts are particularly keen, so we’re sure there will be some grumbling about which models didn’t make the cut, but we think it’s a pretty solid list. Although each stamp costs 60 cents, they are all Forever stamps, which means you can use them to mail a one-ounce letter anytime in the future, even if the postage has gone up.
This isn’t the first time the USPS has released muscle car-inspired stamps. A set of five stamps released in 2013 included the 1966 Pontiac GTO, the 1967 Ford Shelby GT500 and the 1970 Plymouth Hemi Baracuda. deserve their own stamps. The USPS has also produced several sets celebrating cars from decades past, as well as another featuring some of the greatest Hot Wheels of all time.
If you’re particularly into muscle cars, stamps, or both, you can attend the “Pony Car” set’s first day of issue event at the Great American Stamp Show in Sacramento, Calif., on August 25. You can RSVP for the event for free through the USPS website.