Updated 11/07/06


Specially Constructed Vehicle: a vehicle which is built for private use, not for resale, and is not constructed by a licensed manufacturer or remanufacturer. A specially constructed vehicle may be built from (1) a kit; (2) new or used, or a combination of new and used, parts; or (3) a vehicle reported for dismantling, as required by Section 5500 or 11520, which, when reconstructed, does not resemble the original make of the vehicle dismantled. A specially constructed vehicle is not a vehicle which has been repaired or restored to its original design by replacing parts.

Collector: the owner of one or more vehicles described in Section 5004 or of one or more special interest vehicles, as defined in this article, who collects, purchases, acquires, trades, or disposes of such vehicle, or parts thereof, for his or her own use, in order to preserve, restore, and maintain such vehicle for hobby or historical purposes.

Special interest vehicle: a vehicle of any age which is unaltered from the manufacturer's original specifications and, because of itssignificance, such as an out-of-production vehicle, or a model of less than 2,000 sold in California in any model year, is being collected, preserved, restored, or maintained by a hobbyist as a leisure pursuit.

Parts car: a motor vehicle which is owned by a collector to furnish parts for restoration or maintenance of a special interest vehicle or a vehicle described in Section 5004 or 5004.6, thus enabling a collector to preserve, restore, and maintain a special interest vehicle or a vehicle described in Section 5004 or 5004.6.

Street rod vehicle: a motor vehicle, other than a motorcycle, manufactured in or prior to 1948 which has been individually modified in its body style or design, including through the use of nonoriginal or reproduction components, and which may include additional modifications to other components, including, but not limited to, the engine, drive train, suspension, and brakes in a manner that does not adversely affect its safe performance as a motor vehicle or render it unlawful for highway use.

Updated 12-14-06
California Hot Rods:
Working with SEMA, California published an alternate process to emissions test certain hot rods beyond the S.B. 100 exemption enacted several years ago. The alternate process involves certifying the vehicle to its engine configuration. Under Cali-fornia policy, the emissions controls of specially constructed vehicles are determined by one of two separate processes; (1) based on what the vehicle body or engine most resembles, or (2) model year or configuration of the engine installed. In the first case, a smog test referee compares the vehicle to those of the era that the vehicle most closely resembles to determine its model year. The vehicle's owner can then choose whether the inspector will certify the vehicle per the year of the body or the engine. If there is no close resemblance, the vehicle is classified as a 1960 model year. This program is limited to the first 500 applications for registrations of specially constructed vehicles submitted to DMV each year that meet the criteria. In the second case, the only emissions controls required are those used when the engine was originally manufactured. If a configuration precedes 1966, no exhaust emissions controls would be required. If the configuration precedes 1961, no PCV system would be required. If a range of model years applies to any particular engine configuration, vehicle owners have the option to select the model year of emissions controls to be used. New and rebuilt crate engines fall into this "range of model years" category.

Updated 12-14-06
California Scrappage:
The SAN submitted comments to the proposed revisions to California's motor vehicle scrappage program. In the comments, the SAN supported more stringent vehicle eligibility criteria to help ensure program effectiveness and actual realization of claimed benefits. The group also advised the agency to exercise caution with the planned use of remote sensing devices to identify gross polluters so as not to target older vehicles. In previous comments, the SAN supported a program change to ensure that program vehicles had been registered for at least 2 years rather than just 4 months as a means to demonstrate that candidate vehicles were actually being driven on a regular basis and contributing to the state's emissions inventory.