• Apr 10, 2009
Word 'round the auctionhouse campfire is that the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration is attempting to put the kybosh on a planned sale of many General Motors Heritage Collection vehicles this weekend. NHTSA is apparently calling for the halt because it fears that many of the vehicles slated for sale at Barrett-Jackson's Palm Beach auction are not road legal, yet new owners may attempt to drive them on public roads anyway.

Oddly, in both the past and at present, both GM and BJ have been very forthcoming that many of these collectible vehicles are not road-legal, selling them with disclaimers that they have salvage or display titles and that they cannot be registered. That apparently isn't sufficient for NHTSA, which likely fears that some successful bidders will attempt to plate vehicles which may or may not have all of the required safety equipment to be roadworthy.

According to Sports Car Market (via Inside Line), both parties are actively pursuing a resolution, but according to Il's report, it may not happen fast enough – about 100 GM Heritage Collection cars (click here for a list) are scheduled to go under the hammer beginning today and running through this weekend.

UPDATE:
We've just received this statement from Barrett-Jackson's PR agency – "The Acting Administrator of NHTSA, Ron Medford, has communicated to Barrett-Jackson that previous issues concerning the sales of the GM Collection have been resolved and all sales can go forward."

[Source: Inside Line]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, this is blatant attacking by the government. There's no reason at all to step into perfectly legal activities and just harass GM and BJ like this. They're overstepping their bounds, again.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What government should do.. is
      a. ban barrett-jackson (they auction garbage there anyway)
      b. take all those monies from those rich bnados attending it and give it to poor people from whom they sucked it in the first place..

      these guys need to be arrested for spending 150k on a piece of garbage. that money needs to be returned to the people. govt by the people for the people..
      • 5 Years Ago
      Gov't bureaucrats know nothing about collectors. Rarity is about the most important factor in collectibles' value. Perhaps the rarest things the automakers produce are non-street legal experimental and show cars. No collector bidding at Barrett-Jackson would degrade the value of those cars by trying to drive them on the street.

      Expect more of the same as the current expansion of the federal gov't dramatically increases the number of bureaucrats sticking their uninformed noses wherever they want.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They are allowed to sell them again, they announced it about 30 minutes ago.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't which is more absurd:

      1. Trying to stop this auction because the cars aren't street legal.
      2. Buying cars that aren't street legal.

        • 5 Years Ago
        easy answer, #1 is more absurd. There are a ton of non street legal cars bought and auctioned every day. They are called RACE cars. Collectors have LeMans and F1 cars of past, it's no different than these. It's a collector car.

        NHTSA... shove it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is stupid!!! There are plenty of cars sold at auction that are not street legal. They make it seem like this is the first time anyone has ever sold a car that is not street legal!!! If the NHTSA is so concered that people will drive cars like this one the road why don't they tell Ford to stop making the FR500CJ and tell Dodge to stop making the DragPackage Challenger!!!! They should take their P H D and shove it up their A S S!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Go Big Gov't, Go!
      • 5 Years Ago
      You guys do not get it. This is a publicity stunt by Barrett Jackson's to drum up interest and place an aura of taboo on the sale, hopefully driving the prices way up. Form what I have seen of the auction so far, prices are way down from previous years especially for the muscle cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This makes no sense to me. Purpose built race cars are sold all the time, and they're not legal for street use either. It's the responsibility of the NHTSA, the DMV and those responsible to ensure that these cars (if proven to be not road legal) don't get registered. I don't see how they should be able to prevent the sale.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is what is so amazing about our government. On one hand a car has to be "roadworthy", we can't sell tata's here they say. They don't meet our crash standrards they scream! Then on the other hand you can drive a motorcycle or any kit car you want as long as it has headlights, etc. Makes sense to me! lol

      Hey government, how about you let us drive any freakin' thing we feel like on the road as long we are properly insured? That of course would imply we were a free society and had civil liberties. We don't.

      Its as stupid as the liberals who want abortions, but hate the death penalty. Its ok to suck them out with a vacuum before birth, but don't execute them after they have killed and raped 3 women?!

      This country is full of hypocrites.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Them Communist bastards"
      • 5 Years Ago
      To the NHTSA: STFU and GTFO. People serious about buying these cars will know whether they're street legal or not.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If you take the time to look through the list they are selling... you'll wish more were street legal. I'm just curious what's up with the scooters and the 100+hp golf cart... haha
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