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Vintage Cars

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The 13th International Vintage Car Rally was held in New Zealand in February 1972. The rally was held at Richmond, Nelson, and attracted entries from all over the world.

Issue information

The six cars depicted on this stamp issue illustrate the development of the motor car in New Zealand, from the earliest pioneering period to the introduction of the economy light car.  Backgrounds to these stamps are appropriate to both the time and areas in which the cars were used.

1895 Benz - 3c
Background - Christchurch street scene with cathedral in background.

1904 Oldsmobile - 4c
Background - Auckland Domain and One Tree Hill.

1914 Model T Ford - 5c
Background - Farm scene near Lumsden, Southland.

1915 Cadillac Service Car - 6c
Background - Buller Gorge.

1924 Chrysler - 8c
Background - Paekakariki Hill.

1923 Austin 7 - 10c
Background - Near the Bluff, lake Waikaremoana.

Technical information

Date of Issue: 2 February 1972
Designers: A G Mitchell, Wellington
Printers: Bradbury Wilkinson, England
Stamp Size: 36mm x 28mm
Sheet Size: 100 stamps per sheet
Process: Lithography
Perforation Gauge: 13.75 x 14.25
Paper Type: Chalk surfaced, unwatermarked