Monday, 10 December 2012

Vintage and Classic Cars of Sri Lanka
To commemorate  the  Vintage and Classic Cars, Sri Lanka Post issued a set of four stamps feature the old fashioned cars on October 2011.

The Classic Cars depicted on stamps are Morris Minor 1949, Jaguar SS 100, Roll Royce 20/25, Austin 12-1928.

The Morris Minor is a British economy car which has  designed under the leadership of Alec Issigonis, and more than 1.3 million were manufactured between 1948 and 1971.The Minor was manufactured in three series: the MM (1948), the Series II (1952) and finally the 1000 series (1956).

Initially available as a 2-door saloon and tourer (convertible), the range was subsequently expanded to include a 4-door saloon in 1950, and in 1952 a wood-framed estate (the Traveller), panel van and pick-up truck variants.
The Jaguar SS100 is a British 2-seat sports car built between 1936 and 1940 by SS Cars Ltd of Coventry, England. The last one is thought to have been delivered in 1941.
The SS Cars Ltd Model 100 "Jaguar" was so named as the '100' reflected the capability of the 3.5-litre model to exceed 100 mph - then a remarkable speed for a production vehicle.
The Rolls-Royce 20/25 built between 1929 and 1936 succeeded the 20 hp as Rolls-Royce's "small car". It was intended to appeal to owner drivers. 

The in-line 6-cylinder overhead-valve engine was similar to that used in the 20 hp but was enlarged to 3699 cc.The larger engine allowed the top speed to increase to 75 mph (121 km/h).
The Austin 12/4 was introduced by the Austin Motor Company in 1921. It was the second of Herbert Austin's post World War I models and was in many ways a scaled-down version of the 20/4, introduced in 1919. 

The car enjoyed success throughout the vintage era with annual sales peaking at 14,000 in 1927.

Initially available as a Tourer, by 1922 three body styles were offered, these being the four-seat tourer, the two/four-seated  and the coupé . (Source: Wikipedia)

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