When you see a classic car, part of the appeal of it is knowing how much work has gone into restoring it. There’s a level of pride that comes with that. So, if you saw a clone of a classic car- and exact replica- would you be able to tell the difference?
According to Fox News, a new bill might make clones of classic cars a reality. The Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act of 2015 was introduced this month (June) to the House of Representatives. This act would allow companies to make replicas of classic cars and then sell them without making them undergo the safety and emissions tests that other, major automakers’ vehicles are required to go through.
Currently, component “kits” are sold, according to state-by-state laws, but have to be assembled by the buyer or a by a third- party shop. The new rules will allow registered companies to make and sell up to 500 finished cars in the US every year, each with their own Vehicle Identification Number. The cars would use modern engines, certified by the suppliers to meet emissions standards, but do not have to go through federal safety regulations. Most importantly, these cars have to be an exact replica, visually, of a vehicle that is at least 25 years old and the original manufacturer must license the design.
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