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 Australian Classic Cars
February 27, 1997

Australian Classic Cars

Complete Set of 4 nos of commemorative postage stamp on the Vintage Cars of Australia :

Classic cars AustraliaFirst Model from General Motors in Australia : Vintage CarBritish Motor CorporationFirst Australian Chrysler Valiant ModelIssued by Australia

Issued on Feb 27, 1997

Type : Stamps, Postal Used

Colour : Multi colour

Denomination : 45 cents each

About : 

  • Cars have been produced in Australia since the turn of the century, and have become an integral part of everyone’s daily life. In 1950 there was one car for every 6.46 Australians, in 1960 it was one for every 3.68, and now the figure is one for every 1.7 people. The stamps show four cars which have been significant for Australians.
  • The Ford Coupe Utility was the first ‘ute‘, designed in Geelong by the Ford Design Group under Lewis Bandt. It was both a passenger vehicle and a light truck, and went on sale in 1934 for about £280 ($560).
  • The GMH Holden 48-215 (later to be widely, if unofficially, known as the FX) was fully built in Australia. The first one was completed in November 1948, and they were sold for £733 ($1466).
  • The Austin Lancer, introduced in 1958 by the British Motor Corporation, sold for £1026 ($2050). It was based on the British Wolseley 1500 model and Australian content was claimed to be 96 per cent.
  • The Chrysler Valiant R Series was assembled in Adelaide for imported components. It was priced at £1299 ($2598), and was an immediate success when it was released in January 1962.
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