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.
The stamp set is limited to just 3,000 units and each one comes with a 1:64 scale model of a white Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S. Images on the stamps range from the past icons such as the 1950 Mazda-Go three-wheeled truck and aforementioned Cosmo to modern ones like the MX-5 and Mazda5. It's not just cars though, as one of the stamps features an image of Mazda's infamous rotary engine.

Unfortunately, those of us outside of Japan will not be able to purchase this stamp collection, as Mazda is only offering it in its home market. The price is 2,800 Yen per set, which is about $35 USD based on current exchange rates. The stamps are shown in the image to the right, which you can expand by clicking on it, and Mazda's official press release is available after the jump.

[Source: Mazda]

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Iconic Mazda Vehicles Commemorated with Limited Edition Postage Stamps

HIROSHIMA, Japan-Mazda Motor Corporation was today presented with a limited edition sheet of postage stamps that feature iconic Mazda vehicles. The stamps are entitled, "History of Mazda Motor Corporation Hiroshima (with model car)" and were created and issued by the Chugoku Regional Office, Japan Post Network Co., Ltd. (Japan Post Network Chugoku Regional Office). The stamps are available online and at all post offices (excluding contract post offices) in the regions of west Japan where Mazda has production facilities: Hiroshima prefecture and Hofu city in Yamaguchi prefecture.

The limited edition stamps feature images of iconic Mazda cars from the company's 90-year history, ranging from the 1950 Mazda-Go three-wheeled truck to the all-new Mazda Premacy (known overseas as the Mazda5) that went on sale in Japan in summer 2010. The stamp sheet also shows the Mazda Shinari, a new concept car that indicates the future direction of Mazda design.

Masami Uemura, managing director of the Japan Post Network Chugoku Regional Office, presented a sheet of the limited edition postage stamps together with a miniature model of the 1967 Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S – the world's first mass production rotary-engined sports car – to Yuji Harada, a director and senior managing executive officer at Mazda Motor Corporation.

"Mazda is grateful and proud that the Japan Post Chugoku Regional Office has decided to issue these special stamps to celebrate Mazda's history," said Yuji Harada. "The stamps are a welcome reminder of the strong support and affection that Mazda enjoys in its local communities, especially as most of the planning and design of the stamps was carried out by staff at post offices near Mazda facilities. Going forward, Mazda is determined to continue building vehicles that look inviting to drive, are fun to drive, and provide customers with pleasure. We hope to inspire more people to commemorate our great cars."

Details of the "History of Mazda Motor Corporation Hiroshima (with model car)" limited edition stamps
Title: History of Mazda Motor Corporation Hiroshima (with model car)
Issued by: Japan Post Network Chugoku Regional Office
Release date: November 1, 2010
Issue size: 3,000 sets (scheduled)
Available at: All 605 post offices in Hiroshima prefecture and Hofu city, Yamaguchi prefecture (excluding contracted post offices)
Contents: One sheet of ten 80-yen stamps and one 1:64 scale model Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S (white)
Sales unit: Each set includes one sheet of stamps and one model car as described above
Price: 2,800 yen/set
Online sales: Online sales of the limited edition postage stamps will begin on Friday, November 5, 2010, via the Japan Post Network's website (Japanese only):
The cost of delivery will be added to the price listed above.
For related inquiries, please contact the Japan Post Chugoku Regional Office.
Tel: +81(0)82-224-5991.

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