The Historic Vehicle Association wants to change the fact that there are national historic registries for places, boats, planes, and trains, but nothing to protect vehicles with historic value. The Association, started in 2009 by Hagerty Insurance, a company that specializes in coverage for classic vehicles, is championing the passage of laws that further protect historically significant vehicles and allow them to stay on the road.

Determining which vehicles are significant and assigning a degree to that significance is one of the head-scratchers the Association is up against right now. "We're looking at how things are treated, everything from a Marmon Meteor to a milk truck," says Carmel Roberts, Association Director of Government Relations. There are design, ownership and origin factors that determine a vehicle's place in history, and the association is open to upgrading vehicles so they can continue to be used, the same way historic homes can be outfitted with modern plumbing and wiring.

It's unclear whether the effort and expense to pass laws protecting older cars will have any effect on their preservation. Cash for Clunkers didn't apply to 1957 Chevrolet Bel Airs or 1973 Lamborghini Espadas, for example, and legislation doesn't change the expensive reality of just storing a car properly, let alone restoration.


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      CarCrazy24
      • 3 Years Ago
      As an owner of mostly vintage cars, I find this to be fairly interesting. Unfortunately as mentioned in the article, I feel like the process of selecting those specific "historical" cars will be biased in some way. It'll be too bad if my own cars are deemed not historical and then I can't drive my 240Z or Honda S600 out for a drive.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      LUSTSTANG S-197
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love old cars as much as the next guy, but I do not see a need for this. It makes sense when talking about old buildings and ships for obvious reasons.
      foncool
      • 3 Years Ago
      The major reason for this is to prevent the Global Warming believing Tree Hugging Liberals from doing everything they can to destroy cars that don't meet their social engineering goals.
        Dane Grant
        • 3 Years Ago
        @foncool
        Sorry, us liberals are making a better world for the future generations.... I guess we could but a Fast-Food chain in the redwood forest, maybe change the song lyrics... Instead of "The Redwood Forest to the Golf Stream waters..." we could sing, "From the McDonald's in the Redwood Forest to the Off Shore oil wells, this land was made for corporations..."
          FailWheelDrive
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dane Grant
          Maybe you could.... "but"..... a little of your liberal enthusiasm into learning some grammar(comma comma ellipsis stupid analogy quotation mark)
      SloopJohnB
      • 3 Years Ago
      Another issue is driving a 1928 Model A on the freeway or even in town...brakes aren't so hot and they pollute like crazy. On the other hand, there aren't very many around anyway, much less Marmon Meteors. Still, sounds like a Socialist request...more government? Another bureaucracy? Shame.
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      Johnny Lingo
      • 3 Years Ago
      '"We're looking at how things are treated, everything from a Marmon Meteor to a milk truck," says Carmel Roberts, Association Director of Government Relations.' If she's talking about the Deusenberg that Ab Jenkins drove to multiple world records on the Bonneville Salt Flats, then it's the Mormon Meteor. Ab Jenkins was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) and that's how the car got its name. http://www.autoblog.com/2011/05/03/the-boys-of-bonneville-high-speed-trailer/
      • 3 Years Ago
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