2013 sees the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sir Henry Royce, who established Rolls-Royce with Charles Rolls; as well as the centenary of Aston Martin's founding. Royal Mail marks these important anniversaries with a Special issue that features two of their finest creations, together with four more legendary British thoroughbreds and four of our nation's most iconic workhorse.
The featured legendary cars are:
Jaguar E-Type — 1961
Arguably the most beautiful car in history, the Jaguar E-Type's stunning looks and 150mph performance created a worldwide sensation when it was launched at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1961.
MG MGB — 1962
Blending sleek good looks with affordability, the MGB quickly became the world’s most popular roadster, leading to overall sales of more than 500,000 cars before its sad demise in 1980.
Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow — 1965
The epitome of automotive elegance, the Silver Shadow combined traditional charm with modern technology to create a car offering quite unsurpassable standards of refinement and comfort.
Morgan Plus 8 — 1968
With looks that were considered retro even when it was launched, the wooden framed Plus 8 nevertheless enjoyed worldwide popularity, thanks largely to the exciting driving experience it offered.
Aston Martin DB5 — 1963
The archetypal Grand Tourer, the Aston Martin DB5 was capable of 150mph, and quickly gained iconic status following its role as Sean Connery's lethal co-star in the James Bond classic Goldfinger.
Lotus Esprit — 1976
With the Esprit, Colin Chapman created a mid-engined machine more than capable of challenging the old guard of supercars. It also famously transformed into a submarine for The Spy Who Loved Me.