Everyone has a favorite car, even if it's something cliche like the "Back to the Future" Delorean. Some people like more modern futuristic vehicles that are just being released as concept cars and some people have a more classic taste. Muscle cars, for instance, have an extremely large following. Many people wish they could go back in time and somehow afford a Shelby Cobra big-block, of which there were only 350 made from 1962 until 1968, or one of the 654 small-block Cobras, but, sadly, that can only happen in your wildest dreams.
There is still a way for these Shelby Cobra enthusiasts to get their hands on their very own dream car, though.
After the passage of last year's replica car bill, which was tucked into the $305 billion highway spending bill, it's easier than ever to order vintage car kits. Replica companies are now able to sell up to 325 reproductions of a vehicle model that's at least 25 years old.
"With this new law, Congress has demonstrated that it understands the importance of enabling U.S. companies to produce classic-themed vehicles that are virtually impossible to build under the current one-size-fits-all regulatory framework," said Chris Kersting, President and CEO of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA). "This program will create auto sector jobs and meet consumer demand for cars that help preserve our American heritage."
According to AutoBlog, SEMA, which was founded in 1963, backs the $36 billion specialty automotive industry and is the authoritative source for research, trends, data, and market growth information for the specialty auto parts industry.
"This law gives enthusiasts the opportunity to buy turn-key replica cars while preserving their option to build one from a kit," said Doug Evans, SEMA Chairman of the Board. "It recognizes the unique circumstances associated with limited production replica vehicles, such as the '32 Roadster and '65 Cobra, which are primarily used in exhibitions."
Now those people who might've been children in the late '60s wishing they had their own Cobra in their garage can do just that. They can have a Shelby Cobra kit with a full powertrain that, up until President Obama signed the highway bill, had to be installed manually by the customer.
Custom car kits certainly aren't for everyone, but for vintage muscle car enthusiasts, they are the only item in the world that comes close to the real thing.
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