New Law Makes It Easier to Replicate a Corvette
Rejoice! Its been a while since the niche car industry has been able to breathe a sigh of relief quite as big as this one, but fans of replica cars can all breathe easier now that the “Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act of 2015” has been signed into law. This basically gives some leeway towards crash test regulations that would otherwise cripple parts of the replica car market.
Some replica cars, simply by design alone, would never pass the previous crash test safety regulations, such as the Ford T-bucket and so on. This doesn’t mean that companies will now simply turn a blind eye towards safety, but as long as fewer than 325 cars per year are manufactured, Uncle Sam will look the other way and allow the guys who craft these cars to carry on making these delightful machines.
Of note, Superformance has a Grand Sport replica that benefits from this law tremendously. The law lifts safety regulations, but emissions standards are still in play, and GM has one of few crate engines that will pass those tests. Ford and Mopar do not have an off-the-shelf unit for such use, but perhaps this news will spur the other guys from Michigan to get cracking.
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