A bill introduced to the House of Representatives looks to allow small auto manufacturers to produce, market and sell drivable replicas of classic cars. The Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act of 2015 will allow companies that sell less than 5,000 vehicles annually worldwide to assemble and sell exact visual replicas of the classics. Current legislation requires companies to sell classic cars as kits that owners must assemble themselves or through third-party auto shop.
H.R. 2675 defines a classic car as one built a minimum of 25 years ago. According to the text of the legislation, the vehicle must be "manufactured under a license for the product configuration, trade dress, trademark or patent for the motor vehicle that is intended to be replicated from the original manufacturer, its successors or assignees, or current owner of such rights".
Backing the bill are Reps. Gene Green of Texas and Mark Mullin of Oklahoma and the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA).
"The bill introduced by Reps. Mullin and Green will allow US companies to produce turn-key replicas of older vehicles that are virtually impossible to build under today's restrictive one-size-fits-all regulatory framework," said SEMA chief Chris Kersting in a press release.
Though the designs will be blasts from the past, the engines must meet modern emission and equipment standards. Companies that produce such cars will only be permitted to sell up to 500 vehicles per year nationally. Each vehicle would be issued a federal Vehicle Identification Number.
On the list of excited gear heads backing the bill is Lance Stander, who told Fox News his company Superformance would likely grow from 20 to 100 employees if the bill passes. Stander's company sells replicas of the Shelby Cobra and Ford GT40 amongst others- all without engines and transmissions.
Find out how Stander's crew builds the Shelby Cobra replica, the MKIII, on Saturday's How It's Made: Dream Cars. Tune in on June 20 at 8/7c.
View the full bill proposal here.