New Old Car Replicas may Become a Reality Due to a New Law
Old car replica production previously had several restrictions that did not make it feasible for automotive manufactures to adventure into it. The very few companies that currently offer old car replicas do so as DIY kits to meet standards established by previous Federal Highway Bill guidelines. The new bill that was signed by the President of the United States last week added a new provision referred to as the low-volume makers section of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act.
Prior to these changes; it was impossible for low-volume car builders to produce a new version of an old automobile due to the fact that they were required to meet all of the current emissions and crash-test guideline standards required for a brand new car to be manufactured. For them to manufacture a replica of an old car would have incorporated huge expenses to cover engineering and design cost. To produce an older vehicle such as the infamous 1957 Chevy Bel Air that meets modern safety and emissions requirements would result in a profit loss verses sales revenue.
The new provision will allow car builders to manufacture up to 325 replicas per year that will not be required to meet the current crash-test requirements. These new old cars and trucks will not be required to incorporate traction control systems and advanced air bag systems that is required in new cars, trucks, and SUV’s. They will have to meet all federal emissions standards; but will be exempt from local and state requirements. Additionally; the body must be licensed from models 25 years old or more.
General Motors is current the only source for low-volume car builders to purchase an emissions-compliant engine so they could possibly profit from these new provisions.
It will be very interesting to see how all of this pans out and what the end results may be. You may see some new versions of old cars on the road in the near future. Car enthusiasts may be able to purchase a brand new car like this:
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