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04 November 2005
9/2005
Commemorative Issue

Legendary Cars

Greece
Mini Cooper  

Mini Cooper

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The Mini was released on 26 August 1959. It was designed by the Greek, Sir Alec Issigonis, and was to be a cheap car, which would safely seat four adults offering safe driving at the same time. Although the Mini saw through six decades, it's always the 1960's for which it will be remembered of. The last Mini rolled off the production line in 2000.

Source: Hellenic Post

Fiat 500 Nuova  

Fiat 500 Nuova

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The first FIAT 500 was named Topolino and, by the time of its production, was one of the smallest cars worldwide. In 1995 the medium-size FIAT 600 was launched, and was to be the origin for the design of the new FIAT 500 Nuova. The so-called "bambino" was one of the most popular cars in Italy, and a classical Italian image. Its production ended in 1975 and the sales topped the 3.600.000 cars.

Source: Hellenic Post

Citroen 2CV  

Citroen 2CV

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In 1948 CITROEN presented the 2CV model in the Car Exhibition of Paris. The crowd streamed to the company's stand to give their orders. Many people had to wait up to six years in a waiting list until they received it!

After 42 years, the production of 2CV ended in 1990. Its popularity still goes, since one can still see many 2CV models on the streets today. History seems to have lent credit to that car, which in the beginning was marked as a "failure" and "the ugliest car in the world".

Source: Hellenic Post

Volkswagen Beetle  

Volkswagen Beetle

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Ferdinand Porsche's vision about building a motor car that everybody could afford started to turn into a practical reality when Adolf Hitler was selected as chancellor in 1933. The production of the new model, which had a flat four air cooled engine, more or less to be unchanged until this day, started in 1939, in Wolfsburg. In 1955 the Beetle became famous to the entire world, and new assembly plants were founded in other countries. During the 1960's and early 1970's innovative advertising, a growing reputation for reliability, and American exports increased the production figures. The VW Beetle long outlasted predictions of its lifespan. Having being regarded as a symbol of freedom, it maintained a very strong following worldwide. By 2003, when its production stopped, there have been over 21.000.000 Beetles sold.

Source: Hellenic Post

Fort Model T  

Fort Model T

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In 1903 Henry Ford settled in Detroit, with the dream of building a motor car for the great multitude. Five years later the first Ford Model T was introduced in the market. It was no longer copying the European designs; its price was lower than the competitors' cars, and the service was rather cheaper as well. The Model T was indeed a motor car for the masses. With this model, the automobile, which had once been an expensive plaything for the wealthy, began its transformation into an everyday necessity.

Source: Hellenic Post

Technical Information

Dimensions: 27mm x 40mm in sheets of 25
Design & Adaptation: Anthoula Lygka
Printing Method: Multicolored (Offset)
Printers: Alex. Matsoukis S.A.
Circulation: 1 year or until sold out
Quantities:
€0,01: 1000000
€0,30: 1000000
€0,50: 3000000
€2,25: 1000000
€2,85: 300000
FDCs:
€7,40: 35000
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