Updated 11/07/06

ILLINOIS

Antique vehicle: A motor vehicle that is more than 25 years of age or a bonafide replica thereof and which is driven on the highways only going to and returning from an antique auto show or an exhibition, or for servicing or demonstration, or a fire-fighting vehicle more than 20 years old which is not used as fire-fighting equipment but is used only for the purpose of exhibition of demonstration.

Custom vehicle: A motor vehicle that is at least 25 years of age and of a model year after 1948 or a vehicle that has been certified by an inspector of the National Street Rod Association, on a form prescribed by the Secretary of State, to be a custom vehicle manufactured to resemble a vehicle at least 25 years of age and of a model year after 1948 and has been altered from the manufacturer's original design or has a body constructed from non-original materials and which is maintained for occasional transportation, exhibitions, club activities, parades, tours, and similar uses and which is not used for general daily transportation.

Street rod: A motor vehicle that is a 1948 or older vehicle or a vehicle that has been certified by an inspector of the National Street Rod Association, on a form prescribed by the Secretary of State, to be a street rod that was manufactured after 1948 to resemble a vehicle that was manufactured before 1949 and has been altered from the manufacturer's original design or has a body constructed from non-original materials and which is maintained for occasional transportation, exhibitions, club activities, parades, tours, and similar uses and which is not used for general daily transportation.

Specially Constructed Vehicle: a vehicle of a type required to be registered that has been materially altered from its original construction and body style by the removal, addition or substitution of major component parts from two or more vehicles or motorcycles of a different make, model or year. Major component part shall include the chassis, frame, cab, shell, kit, engine block, engine casing, transmission, and unitized body supporting structure. For the purposes of this Section, "body style" means the physical appearance of the vehicle, e.g., 2-door car, pick-up truck, van, motorcycle, etc.

Illinois Inoperable Vehicles: SAN defeated legislation in Illinois that sought to redefine inoperable motor vehicles to include vehicles incapable of being driven under their own power for a period of 7 days. Under current law, inoperable vehicles must be undriveable for a period of at least 6 months to be deemed inoperable and thus subject to disposal by a county. SAN also killed Illinois legislation that threatened to remove historic vehicles over 25-years of age from a list of vehicles exempt from county inoperable vehicle ordinances if they are not kept within a building.

Illinois Exhaust Noise: SAN killed an Illinois bill that threatened to ban vehicles equipped with a "muffler or exhaust system that clearly has been modified to amplify or increase the noise of the vehicle." Under this measure, vehicles determined to have been modified by virtue of a "visual observation" would have failed an emissions inspection. How emissions inspectors would have determined that an exhaust system increases noise through a visual inspection was not explained in the bill.