New Stamps from Austria

Young People for a Healthy Diet

Jakob Hansbauer convinced the jury with a collage of fruit and vegetables, and it is his subject that can be found on the 2015 Youth Stamp. This stamp is not created by famousaustria healthy diet stamp artists but instead by young people themselves – for four years, there has been a youth creativity competition in which large numbers of young-generation artists from throughout Austria have participated.

This stamp, the result of this year’s “Young people for a healthy diet” competition, has a nominal value Euro 0.68 with a surcharge of 20 cent to be used for the youth work of the Federation of Austrian Philately Associations. This includes a large number of activities such as school projects in which children are introduced to philately, seminars and the provision of material to youth groups. In addition, this 20 cent surcharge is used for presence at exhibitions and for the holding of the “Young people’s day” at the Christkindl post office near Steyr.

Issue Date: 03.06.2015 Designer: Jakob Hansbauer Illustrator: Dieter Kraus Printer: Österreichische Staatsdruckerei GmbH Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: 35 x 35 mm Values: EUR 0.68, 0.20

Steyr Puch IMP 700 GT Coupé

austria car stampFrom the popular “Cars” series, Austrian Post is this time presenting a sports coupe: the IMP 700 GT. The specific model is the result of the conversion of a Puch vehicle by an Italian sports car manufacturer.

Frank Reisner, a Canadian of Hungarian origins, and his wife were both great car enthusiasts. In 1959, they founded the Costruzione Automobili Intermeccanica company in Turin, originally producing tuning sets for cars. A short time later, they began to build their own vehicles, using engines made by other manufacturers. On the basis of the Steyr Puch 500, finally, in cooperation with Johann Puch of the Graz Puch Works (which had entered into a cooperation with Fiat), a small two-seater coupe in the style of the Fiat 500 Abarth was designed, and given the name IMP, for “Intermeccanica Puch”. A few models were converted into racing cars, and in 1961 the Carinthian Johann Ortner even won a race on the Nürburgring. As a result of this, however, Carlo Abarth, the Fiat racing car tuner, succeeded in preventing the use of any Puch vehicle parts for the production, and thus the IMP project came to an end in the same year.

In the following years, the Italian company produced various large sports car series equipped with American engines – above all from Ford and General Motors – and largely delivered to the USA. The Intermeccanica Indra became the precursor of the Opel conversion Bitter CD. In 1975, the company moved to California, and shortly afterwards to Vancouver in Canada. Since the 1970s, the company has above all produced series replicas of successful models. Thus there is the Intermeccanica Speedster or Roadster as a replica of the Porsche 356, while the Intermeccanica Squire is a replica of the legendary Jaguar S.S. 100 Roadster from the 1930s. The VW Kübelwagen from the time of the Second World War is also reproduced. Inter- meccanica also regularly makes individual models, where the vehicles are converted according to customer specifications.

After the death of Frank Reisner in 2001, his son Henry took over the management of the company and since then has been running the business extremely success- fully. Intermeccanica regularly presents its designer vehicles at international car shows, vehicles that combine the original flair of the old-timer with state-of-the-art technology.

In total, only very few Puch IMP 700 GT coupes were built, of which only a handful have survived. Each vehicle is unique, with all the bodywork parts being made and assembled by hand. Puch supplied the chassis and the 500 or 700 cc engines. For the first models, the bodywork from used Puch 500s was simply cropped and a new one created.

Issue Date: 29.05.2015 Designer: David Gruber Illustrator: Wolfgang M. Buchta Printer: Österreichische Staatsdruckerei GmbH Process: Offset  Colours: 4 Colours Size: 42 x 35mm Values: €1.00

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