New Federal Regulations Make it Easier to Build and Buy Replica Classic Cars

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US roads might look a little older in the future. Not the sidewalk, but the vehicles driving on it.

The Nationa Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has finally put into effect the provisions of a law passed in 2015 that will make it easier to build and buy new classic car replicas.

Superformance sells a variety of classic sports car replicas.

The rules established by the Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act were developed in partnership with SEMA, the organization that represents the US automotive aftermarket industry.

The final rule allows small manufacturers, who build fewer than 5,000 vehicles per year, to produce up to 325 licensed replicas of vehicles that are at least 25 years old each year without having to comply with costly crash tests and to other modern safety standards and sell them with a federal agency. VIN registered.

Previously, these types of vehicles could only be sold as “component” or “kit” cars that had to be assembled by the owner and registered under state laws.

Shelby Cobras are among the most popular classic car replicas.

Shelby Cobras are among the most popular classic car replicas.

The main requirement is that vehicle designs must be officially authorized by their original manufacturer and use a powertrain with current emissions controls. A 10% wiggle room on vehicle size is allowed, and the interior need not replicate that of the vehicle it is based on.

“SEMA applauds NHTSA’s final rule allowing companies to market classic-themed cars,” said Daniel Ingber, SEMA’s vice president of government affairs. “Regulatory barriers previously prevented small automakers from producing heritage cars coveted by consumers. The roadblocks have been removed. This is a hard-won victory for enthusiasts, small-volume manufacturers, their suppliers and all men and women who will be hired to fill the new jobs created by this law.


Lance Stander, CEO of Superformance, one of the world’s largest auto component makers, told Fox News Autos that he expects to start selling vehicles under the new regulations within a year.

Superformance provided cars for the film "Ford versus Ferrari."

Superformance provided cars for the film “Ford v Ferrari”.

“The biggest problem now is a good problem to have, Superformance is fully sold on the new build slots until 2023 and on some of our cars until 2024. So we will have to ramp up production a lot to get there. achieve,” he said.


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