Royal Mail have immortalised the Lotus Esprit further with the inclusion of the 1976 S1 Esprit on the ‘British Auto Legends Thoroughbreds’ stamp set released today.

From the gorgeous curves of the legendary E-Type Jaguar to the imposing presence of the Silver Shadow, every detail of these immaculate thoroughbred cars has been captured by the photographic expertise of James Mann. Including no less than two Bond cars — in the Aston Martin DB5 and Lotus Esprit — these Mint Stamps are also brought to you in concours condition.

Lotus Esprit — 1976
With the Esprit, Colin Chapman created a mid-engined machine more than capable of challenging the old guard of supercars. It also famously transformed into a submarine for The Spy Who Loved Me.


Aston Martin DB5 — 1963
The archetypal Grand Tourer, the Aston Martin DB5 was capable of 150mph, and quickly gained iconic status following its role as Sean Connery’s lethal co-star in the James Bond classic Goldfinger.

Jaguar E-Type — 1961
Arguably the most beautiful car in history, the Jaguar E-Type’s stunning looks and 150mph performance created a worldwide sensation when it was launched at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1961.

MG MGB — 1962
Blending sleek good looks with affordability, the MGB quickly became the world’s most popular roadster, leading to overall sales of more than 500,000 cars before its sad demise in 1980.

Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow — 1965
The epitome of automotive elegance, the Silver Shadow combined traditional charm with modern technology to create a car offering quite unsurpassable standards of refinement and comfort.

Morgan Plus 8 — 1968
With looks that were considered retro even when it was launched, the wooden framed Plus 8 nevertheless enjoyed worldwide popularity, thanks largely to the exciting driving experience it offered.

Design Why Not Associates
Stamp format /size Landscape 60mm x 21mm 2 sets of 3 se-tennant strips
Printer Cartor Security Printing
Print process Lithography
Perforation 14.5 x 14.5
Phosphor All over
Number per sheet 30/60


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