7 Special Edition Car Stamps You’ll Probably Never See
Vintage pickup truck fans, rejoice. In its quest to leave no collectible stone unturned, the United States Postal Service recently issued a new series of special edition stamps, each honoring a classic American pickup truck of the past decade. The special edition stamps include a 1938 International Harvester D-2, a ’48 Ford, ’53 Chevrolet, and a ’65 Ford F-100—each wonderfully designed and deserving of its commemorative stamp. The folks at BestRide and CarTalk had a different idea, however. Why not commemorate seven vehicles that wouldn’t normally get their own special edition stamp? Thousands of fans were polled, the options whittled down, and well… here are the seven unlucky cars that made the cut (each penned quite excellently by artist Kurt Hanss). Any cars you’d add to this list? 1986 Audi 5000
The sleek 5000 brought Audi to new sales heights in the 1980s, but not long after, its famed “unintended acceleration” debacle nearly ended the company’s US run. A media firestorm had erupted, all despite findings that driver error was the leading cause of accidents.
1960 Chevrolet Corvair
Ralph Nader’s scathing auto industry critique Unsafe at Any Speed, wasn’t written solely about the Chevrolet Corvair, but the sporty rear-engined car certainly bore the brunt of the public outcry afterwards due to its propensity to oversteer. That said, what gorgeous cars these were.
1971 Chevrolet Vega
While not a bad-looking car by any means (it’s styling was nicked from the then-new Camaro), the Chevrolet Vega was simply a breakdown waiting to happen. Its unlined aluminum engine was vulnerable to cylinder scoring, its body seemingly rusted at breakneck pace, and its overall build quality achieved new lows.
1971 Ford Pinto
Like Chevrolet’s Vega, Ford’s Pinto wasn’t a perfect shift into the era of compact cars. In fact, Pintos became famous for catching fire during rear-end collisions.
1995 Ford Explorer
The wildly popular first-generation Ford Explorer was (and continues to be) a staple of US roadways, that said, it did have quite an issue with its original equipment Firestone tires. Plenty of them exploded violently at highway speeds, leading to a massive recall.
2001 Pontiac Aztek
Loathed by auto critics and shoppers alike, the wild-styled Pontiac Aztek is a perfect example of “old GM.” The unfortunate truth is that it wasn't half bad as a capable, crossover vehicle. Perhaps that’s why it’s enjoying a resurgence with millennials. Then again, there’s also the Breaking Bad connection too.
1988 Suzuki Samurai
Take a high-riding SUV, give it tall tires, a short and narrow wheelbase, and you’ve got the recipe for a quite capable off-roader—the Suzuki Samurai. What you also have, according to reports in the ‘90s, is a vehicle prone to “easily” rolling over. A long, drawn-out legal battle commenced, though Suzuki Motor Corporation never fully recovered in the US market, which it exited for good in 2012.
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