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Forever Strong: Postal Service Offers Muscle Car Stamps

From toy models to auto and motorcycle parts, to the full-size antique and muscle cars themselves, there are gearheads who will collect anything related to gears and engines.

Now, thanks to the U.S. Postal Service, stamps are the latest collection craze, with a new set of limited-edition "America on the Move: Muscle Cars Forever" stamps.

There are five historic muscle car stamps to collect the 1966 Pontiac GTO, 1970 Chevelle SS, 1970 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda, 1967 Shelby GT-500 and the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona.

NASCAR national champion Richard Petty helped dedicate the new set of stamps with his son, Kyle, and U.S. Postal Service's Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe at the Daytona International Speedway

in Daytona Beach, Fla., in February. Petty said these stamps bring wonderful memories back of he and his family and said the aerodynamic bodies of muscle cars made major impacts on racing.

Each car represented on a stamp made a lasting impression among "hot rodders," and what The Auto Channel calls "an outlaw auto culture" that helped the American auto industry redefine itself after World War II.

Barracuda

The Muscle Car Federation ranks the 1970 Plymouth Barracuda and the 1970 454 Chevelle SS top muscle cars produced in that decade.
The Cuda, which is known for its Hemi power of more than 400 horsepower, was a drag car design straight from the factory, said Chris Simpson, a part-time mechanic and full-time muscle car gearhead.

"The Cuda is my favorite because no other car in history has the lines, the stance, the power or even the name as threatening as the Barracuda," Simpson said. "The Hemi was one of the most powerful and

unstoppable engines in history that also has the most unique design that has been reproduced outside of Chrysler. It's my ultimate dream car."

GT-500

The '67 Shelby GT-500 became a first-ticket item in the Hollywood Star Cars Museum when it was driven by Nicholas Cage in the 2000 movie, "Gone in 60 Seconds." The Chevelle and Charger also hit the big screen,

most recently in the "Fast and the Furious" movie series.

photo Sicnag

GTO

The 1966 Pontiac GTO saw stiff competition within the muscle car realm that year, according to Muscle Car Facts, but that was considered GTO's "golden year" in terms of sales.

With its tri-power engine, Pontiac engineers installed the XS midway through the year, which featured a new 744 high lift cam and RAM air take, raising the car's performance to 380 hp.

American cars and motorcycles have graced U.S. Postal stamps in the past. In 2005, the sports cars of the 1950s was commemorated, according to FYIDriving.com.

Then, in 2008, more stamps on the 1950s cars came out, this particular series being called "50s Fins and Chrome."

Motorcycles got their "stamp of approval" in 2006, featuring the 1918 Cleveland, 1940 Indian Four and the 1965 Harley-Davidson Electra-Glide, as Biker News Online reported.

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