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We love cars because they're fast and exciting. The postal service, not so much. But at least the mail is reliable, which is a lot more than you could say for most classic British cars, like the ones which the Royal Mail in Great Britain is celebrating with this special philatelic collection.

The Isle of Man, probably best known for the Isle of Man TT motorcycle race, is producing a series of stamps celebrating another well-known wheeled effort: Top Gear. There are six stamps in the collection, each "lavishly tooled" with an image of a Top Gear creation, such as the homemade electric car or the much-modified Toyota pickup from Iceland built to tackle the North Pole.

Mazda has produced some iconic sports cars throughout its history, and now those vehicles have been immortalized in stamp form. Released as a limited-edition on November 1st, the Japan Post Network Chugoke Regional Office has created a 12-stamp set officially titled History of Mazda Motor Corporation Hiroshima.

For those of you that like to collect memorabilia related to electric vehicles or simply like to collect stamps, Nissan and the Japanese post office have a deal for you. Starting February 1, a limited edition sheet of postage stamps chronicling the history of Nissan's electric vehicle development from 1947 until today will be available at 954 post offices around Japan. The sheet of 10 ¥80 stamps will run ¥1,200 (about $13.34 U.S. as this is written).

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