In 2015, Congress passed legislation allowing low-volume motor vehicle manufacturers to start selling “replica” cars based on vehicles that were at least 25 years old – for example, the Shelby Cobra, a turnkey street car that mimics the Ford Deuce. Coupe, Mercedes SSK or Porsche 356 Speedster.
The problem is that the law wasn’t passed until the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave its approval.
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In what has been called a big win for the gearbox community, replica car businesses can now officially start building and selling replica vehicles. SCHEMA President and CEO Christopher J. Kersting also shared his thoughts. “Legal barriers previously prevented small automakers from producing legacy cars for willing customers. Barricades have been removed. Companies will be able to hire workers, start making necessary parts and components, and build and sell cars.”
These newly adopted regulations apply to low-volume builders producing 325 cars per year. Each vehicle must meet current model year emission standards.
You can Read the full language of the NHTSA decision here.