News this week that the best of British car manufacturing has been immortalised in a new set of stamps from Royal Mail.

Dubbed the 'British Auto Legends' collection, the stamps celebrate some of the most iconic and beautiful British cars ever made. The first set, entitled Thoroughbreds, features the Jaguar E-Type, Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, Aston Martin DB5, MG MGB, Morgan Plus 8 and the Lotus Esprit.

The second set, called Workhorses, features classic working vehicles including the Austin FX4 Taxi, Ford Anglia 105E and Land Rover Defender 110. Naturally, there's also a Morris Minor Van in Royal Mail livery.

The sets also pay tribute to Aston Martin, which is current celebrating its centenary, and also to the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sir Henry Royce. 

We think they look fantastic and, as far as our non-stamp-collecting experience goes, we also think this is the first time Royal Mail has released a set of automotive-themed stamps.

Has our mail delivery institution missed a trick, though? A quick office poll reveals that other motoring greats, like the Rover P5 Coupe and Triumph Stag, really should have made the final cut. Even the Bentley Mk VI from 1951 has been floated as a stamp suggestion.