Reissue of Limousine stamp due to printing error

October 16th, 2014

A typographical error was found in the issue "Collections in Liechtenstein: Limousines" of 1 September 2014. According to info got the "Rolls-Royce Phantom II 1933" (value: CHF 0.85) made by the Rolls-Royce car manufacturer was printed without a hyphen. The reissue is to be released on the 10th of November.

As Rolls-Royce is a brand name, it is essential that this error is corrected. Philately Liechtenstein has therefore decided to correct and reissue this stamp. The history of the Rolls-Royce depicted began in 1933 after the Great Depression. Only few had managed to survive unscathed.

One of these lucky people was C. Matthew Dick from Washington. He intended to marry a "beautiful young woman" from the noblest circles. In order to give his future wife a gift appropriate for her standing and status he sought the advice of designers and artists of the American coachbuilding company Brewster.

The aim was to design a car unlike any the world had ever seen before. Based on sketches, drafts, detailed drawings and extensive discussions, Dick ordered Brewster to build this Special Town Car. The chassis was made in the Rolls-Royce factories in Derby, England, but as its steering wheel was positioned on the left hand side, it was destined for export to the USA. Within a year, the specialists at Brewster & Company then created the car body.

The vehicle caused a huge sensation when it was presented. The press called it breath-taking in appearance, a work of automotive art and a unique masterpiece on wheels. During the presentation of the Blenham Trophy in 1965, the car won the award "The most beautiful Rolls-Royce ever built". Two years later, a meeting was held in Goodwood to evaluate historical cars. For this occasion 1200 vehicles had been selected, one of which was the Special Town Car – that won first prize.