Put Some Muscle Behind Your Mail
by Jen Herman
February 22, 2013 4:00 PM
Talk about first class! Now your mail can arrive in style with the new Muscle Cars Forever stamps from the U.S. Postal Service. The 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona and the 1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda are both featured in the stamp collection. The USPS says, “each of these cars represents the adventurous spirit of the muscle-car era. Fast, powerful and eye-catching, muscle cars roared their way onto America’s roads in the 1960s.”
1969 Dodge Charger Daytona
Designed to dominate the racetrack, the outrageously styled 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona was powered by a standard 440-cubic-inch, 375-horsepower Magnum engine. A limited number of Daytonas came equipped with a 426-cubic-inch HEMI, a race-inspired engine. The car also featured multiple additions designed to boost aerodynamics, including a nearly two-foot-tall, rear-mounted wing. Other signature touches included thick body stripes containing the word “DAYTONA.” The 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona was distinctive and rare; only 503 were produced.
1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda
The Hemi ‘Cuda, the performance-oriented alter-ego of the standard 1970 Plymouth Barracuda, oozed power. The car’s 426-cubic-inch HEMI engine was a 425-horsepower beast. The Hemi ‘Cuda was “our angriest, slipperiest-looking body shell-wrapped around ol’ King Kong hisself,” one Plymouth advertisement bellowed. The Hemi ‘Cuda’s styling was an extension of the car’s bold ethos. It was available in several eye-popping color choices, such as Lemon Twist, Lime Light and Vitamin C. Fewer than 700 Hemi ‘Cudas were produced.
The stamps got a very fitting official kickoff at Daytona International Speedway today and they are also available online and in post offices around the country.
The Muscle Cars stamps are being issued as Forever stamps in self-adhesive sheets of 20 (4 of each design). Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate and they’re made in the USA.
To get your hands on one of these slick new stamps, click here or race to the nearest post office.