In this stamp issue we paid tribute to the cars that changed New Zealand forever - the magnificent machines we call Veteran Vehicles.
Every now and then, while travelling our country's roads, we come across a truly magnificent sight - a convoy of vintage cars on a social outing, their occupants resplendent in period costumes and clearly enjoying the ride.
The workmanship and elegance of these magnificent machines is a marvel to behold, chugging along at a suitably stately pace in all their highly polished glory - and we can't help but compare them with their modern-day counterparts, sweeping past in a blur of speed and sophistication that the early inventors could have only dreamed of.
A Collector's Must
Our Veteran Vehicles stamp issue also celebrated the 100th birthday of the New Zealand Automobile Association (AA) as the 'voice' of motorists. It all began when seven men, representing the upper crust of Auckland society, gathered at the home of George de Clive Lowe to discuss the potential of an automobile club. 100 years on, the AA represents 900,000 people and has the largest membership of any organisation in New Zealand.
Our stamps illustrated five of the earliest models to grace New Zealand's roads, from the world's first motorcar (the Benz Velo) to the ubiquitous Model T Ford - the car that transformed driving forever. Each of the vehicles tells a fascinating story of innovation, entreprenurial flair and sheer determination in a world where cars were viewed by many with scepticism and suspicion.
Broadening Our Horizons
The car brought a whole new dimension to New Zealander's lives, enabling them to explore further into the countryside than ever before. The Veteran Vehicles first day cover demonstrated the appeal of the 'tourer' as the ideal vehicle for family outings.
The first two cars imported to New Zealand were more an object of anxious apprehension than a welcome entrant to society. You could read more about the reaction to these new-fangled machines in the Veteran Vehicles presentation pack which also included all five stamps and the first day cover.
Product Listing for Veteran Vehicles
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|Date of issue:||3 September 2003|
|Number of stamps:||Five|
|Denominations and designs:||40c 1895 Benz Velo, 90c 1903 Oldsmobile, $1.30 1911 Wolseley, $1.50 1915 Talbot, $2.00 1915 Model T Ford|
|Stamps and first day cover designed by:||Stephen Fuller, Watermark, Wellington|
|Printer and process:||Cartor Security Printing, France by offset lithography|
|Number of colours:||Four process colours|
|Stamp size and format:||30mm x 40mm (horizontal)|
|Paper type:||103gsm red phosphor stamp paper|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||25|
|Special blocks:||Plate/imprint blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps from a sheet. Barcode, value blocks and logo blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least two stamps from a sheet. Barcode blocks were available in both A and B format.|
|Period of sale:||These stamps remained on sale until 2 September 2004.|