Surprise! Today we begin our special sneak peek of the limited-edition Muscle Cars Forever® stamps. These five stamps celebrate an exciting era in American automotive history. Typically equipped with big, powerful engines, high-performance muscle cars first roared onto our roads in the 1960s.
The first of the stamps we’re going to reveal features the lightning quick 1970 Chevelle SS.
With features like optional twin racing stripes, the 1970 Chevelle SS looked fierce. SS stood for Super Sport, a fitting designation for the car, which had serious power. A 396-cubic-inch engine was available, but a 454-cubic-inch engine option gave the vehicle credibility among muscle car enthusiasts. Two versions of the 454 engine were available: the 360-horsepower LS-5 and the 450-horsepower LS-6. For its sheer power, the latter has become legendary among car buffs.
The LS-6-propelled 1970 Chevelle SS finished in the 13-second range in quarter-mile tests. Optional Cowl Induction, a flap on the bulged hood that allowed cold air to flow into the engine, added even more kick. In addition to its impressive road performance, the car was also known for its unique style. Available as a coupe or a convertible, the 1970 Chevelle SS featured a black grille and SS emblems on both the grille and the rear bumper.
The Muscle Cars stamps are being issued as Forever® stamps. (Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate.) They are the third issuance in the American on the Move series and will be released in February. To see the other stamps in the series, visit Beyond the Perf.
Any guesses as to what other vehicles will appear on the Muscle Cars stamps? (Hint: Three of the cars are from the ’60s and two are from the ’70s.) We’ll reveal another tomorrow, so check back to see if you’re right.