Information on Kit Cars

Information on Kit Cars

December 08, 2008


Customs (Altered) and Hot Rods– NAACC Update # 61

The NAACC has reviewed these proposals and urges all Canadian Provinces to adopt ‘performance legislation’ using these SEMA guidelines. We feel this approach is fair and realistic.

SEMA is lobbying for the following to be accepted in the State of New York . (Note: 8 USA States have already adopted these recommendations)

Pro-Hobbyist Street Rod and Custom Vehicle Bill

Introduced in New York

SEMA model legislation to create a vehicle titling and registration classification for street rods and custom vehicles has been introduced in the New York General Assembly by Assembly member Bill Reilich.  The bill (A.B. 6484) defines a street rod as an altered vehicle manufactured before 1949 and a custom as an altered vehicle at least 25 years old and manufactured after 1948.  Under the bill, kit cars and replica vehicles will be assigned a certificate of title bearing the same model year designation as the production vehicle they most closely resemble.  The bill mirrors model legislation created by SEMA and recently enacted in Illinois , Missouri , Rhode Island , Montana , Hawaii , Maine and Colorado .

 provides specific registration (one-time registration fee of $23) and titling classes for street rods and customs, including kits and replicas.

 allows for the use of non-original materials and creates a titling criterion that assigns these vehicles the same model year designation as the production vehicle they most closely resemble.

 exempts street rods and customs from a range of standard equipment requirements (only that equipment required in the model year that the vehicle resembles) and emissions inspections.

 provides that vehicles titled and registered as street rods and custom vehicles may only be used for occasional transportation, exhibitions, club activities, parades, tours, etc. and not for general daily transportation.

 provides for special license plates for street rods and custom vehicles and permits the use of blue dot taillights.