Likely to be a sell out within days at USPS.com and post offices around the country will be the new 1967 Shelby GT-500 Forever stamp that goes on sale February 22nd. The new stamp is being released as a tribute to Carroll Shelby, along with a collection of other muscle cars.
The 1967 Shelby GT-500 was of course the first. It’s 355 horsepower 428 Police Interceptor V8 was unique to the Shelby until the 1968 model year when the 428 Cobra Jet became available. Also unique for 1967 was its fiberglass hood and nose section.
The collection called “Muscle Cars” will feature the 1967 Shelby GT-500 in addition to a 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, 1966 Pontiac GTO, 1970 Chevelle SS and 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda.’ The Muscle Cars stamps are being issued as Forever stamps in self-adhesive sheets of 20 with 4 of each design.
Artwork is created by Tom Fritz who based his artwork on photographs of the cars. Fritz said he used bright-colored oil paints on hardboard to try to “capture the emotive quality of the vehicles.”
Growing up in Southern California, Fritz became familiar with the power of muscle cars and the paintings are “a projection of my memories of the vehicles.”
Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate which is now $.46 cents. The Shelby GT500 stamp will be available for purchase on February 22 at any U.S. Post Office across the country or online at USPS.com.