Cool Classic Car Replicas
Shelby AC Cobra
Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) and Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) have introduced bipartisan legislation that would enable low volume car manufacturers to produce turn-key replica vehicles for customers nationwide.
Replica vehicles resemble classic cars produced at least 25 years ago. Supported by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), the "Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act of 2015" (H.R. 2675) would allow companies to construct up to 500 such cars a year subject to federal regulatory oversight.
The U.S. currently has just one system for regulating automobiles. It was established in the 1960s and designed for companies that mass-produce millions of vehicles. H.R. 2675 creates a separate regulatory framework for small businesses producing modest numbers of cars.
"The bill introduced by Reps. Mullin and Green will allow U.S. companies to produce turn-key replicas of older vehicles that are virtually impossible to build under today's restrictive one-size-fits-all regulatory framework," said SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting. "This program will create skilled-labor jobs in the auto industry and help meet consumer demand for these classics of the past."
H.R. 2675 directs the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish a separate regulatory structure to facilitate the production of replica cars. Manufacturers would be required to register with NHTSA and EPA and submit annual reports on the vehicles they produce. The vehicles would meet current model year emissions standards and manufacturers would be permitted to install clean engines from other EPA-certified vehicles to help achieve that requirement.
H.R. 2675 recognizes the unique circumstances associated with limited production replica vehicles, which are primarily used in exhibitions, parades and occasional transportation. It also provides an opportunity to promote domestic manufacturing and create jobs in the specialty auto sector.
"This bill seeks a reasonable regulatory approach," said Kersting. "It also helps preserve our American automotive heritage."
Now that you know what this new bill is all about, keep reading to see some of the coolest replica cars you can buy.
Ford GT40 Replica
The Ford GT40 is a classic, having defeated the then-dominant Ferrari at endurance racing in the late 1960s at Le Mans.
Now, the Ford GT40 is one of the coolest replica cars available in America, and you can get them from a number of manufacturers.
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Everyone knows the name Carroll Shelby, and pretty much everyone can recognize a Cobra. But it was the Coupe version of the classic sports car that was the deciding factor in Shelby's pursuit of race wins on high-speed race tracks around the world.
The car you see here is a replica from South Africa called the Brock Coupe.
Porsche Speedster replicaIt may be based on humble underpinnings, but the classic Porsche 356, better known to many as the Speedster, is one of the coolest replica cars around.
Porsche 550 Spyder James Dean replicaThe Porsche 550 Spyder may be most famous for being the car that legendary actor James Dean lost his life in. But it was a race car first and foremost, with a mid-engine design and beautiful curves that look just as good today as they did when the car was first designed.
Lamborghini replicasLamborghini may not be happy about it, but there are a number of kit cars available in America, some based on the guts of a Pontiac Fiero. Seen here are copies of the Diablo and Countach.
Superformance 427SC Cobra SPF# 429 -30Here's the grand daddy of all replica cars. The Shelby 427 S/C Cobra is instantly recognizable, and the vast majority that you see in the real world aren't original. Does that make them any less cool, though? No, not really.
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