When Ford debuted the Mustang in 1964, it did so in order to appeal to younger consumers. Times were changing, and now teens and young adults were having their own vehicles to ride around with and cruise the strip. The Mustang was an instant hit, and immediately rivals such as Chevrolet and Mercury came out with their own competing models: the Camaro and Cougar, respectively. These long-hooded rides were dubbed “pony cars,” and have since come to represent the era in which they were most popular. Today, these pony cars have come to represent nostalgia, charisma, strength, and good ol’ American ingenuity.
It’s only right that the United States Postal Service is now paying homage to the pony car with its newly commissioned 60¢ stamps. A sheet of 20 features five iconic vehicles of the era, including the 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, 1969 AMC Javelin SST, 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T, and 1967 Mercury Cougar XR-7 GT, each sourced from panel artwork that used oil paint to represent them.
If fans and philatelists want to upgrade their sets, they can also purchase a Pony Cars Stamp Portfolio for $24, which, along with a single sheet of the stamps, includes a behind-the-scenes story about pony cars and a collectible cancellation card. Field Notes has also joined in on the action with its set of five corresponding 3.5” x 5.5” pocket notebooks, also for $24, each book featuring a different car on the cover.
You can purchase a sheet of the Pony Cars Stamps today for $12, along with any additional collectibles, through the United States Postal Service’s website.