Updated 11/07/06

MAINE

ANTIQUE AUTO: an automobile or truck manufactured in or after model year 1916 that is:

A. More than 25 years old;

B. Equipped with an engine manufactured either at the same time as the vehicle or to the specifications of the original engine;

C. Substantially maintained in original or restored condition primarily for use in exhibitions, club activities, parades or other functions of public interest;

D. Not used as its owner's primary mode of transportation of passengers or goods; and

E. Not a reconstructed vehicle.

CLASSIC VEHICLE: a motor vehicle that is at least 16 years old but less than 26 years old that the Secretary of State determines is of significance to vehicle collectors because of its make, model and condition and is valued at more than $ 5,000.

HORSELESS CARRIAGE: an automobile manufactured before model year 1916 that is:

A. Equipped with an engine manufactured either at the same time as the vehicle or to the specifications of the original engine of the vehicle;

B. Maintained primarily for use in exhibitions, club activities, parades and other functions of public interest; and

C. Not used as its owner's primary mode of transportation of passengers or goods.

MODIFIED SHOW VEHICLE: a factory-produced 2-wheel-drive motor vehicle manufactured after 1949 that is equipped with modified components and that qualifies as a modified show vehicle under rules adopted by the Chief of the State Police.

RECONSTRUCTED VEHICLE: a vehicle that has been reconstructed to change the original steering, braking system, suspension system or body design, including, but not limited to, a dune buggy, a street rod, a passenger car converted to a pickup truck or a manufactured vehicle body mounted on another manufactured chassis. Repair to a vehicle that replaces parts with similar parts is not reconstruction.

STREET ROD: a replica of or a modified antique auto manufactured prior to 1949 that complies with standards adopted by the Chief of the State Police.

CUSTOM VEHICLE: a motor vehicle that is at least 25 years old and of a model year after 1948 or a motor vehicle that was manufactured to resemble a motor vehicle that is at least 25 years old and of a model year after 1948 and that has been altered from the manufacturer's original design or has a body constructed from nonoriginal material. *(became law June 2005, language has not entered code yet)

Maine Tire Efficiency: The SAN helped derail a provision in Maine legislation that sought to increase the use of fuel saving tires. SAN opposed the measure since state replacement tire efficiency programs conflict with federal law by regulating fuel economy, compete with Federal consumer information requirements and essentially set a 50-state standard.

Updated 12-14-06
Maine Inspections:
Maine is proposing to repeal and replace the existing regulations relating to the state's motor vehicle inspection program. In comments to the agency, SEMA objected to the omission of reference to a recently enacted law allowing vehicle exhaust systems to be certified to a 95 decibel limit. Under current Maine law, exhaust noise restrictions do not apply to a muffler or exhaust system that does not emit noise in excess of 95 decibels as measured in accordance with SAE standard J1169. The Maine proposal could also could prohibit brush and grille guards and limit tire and wheel packages. SEMA provided comprehensive comments to the proposal on these items and a range of other equipment restrictions. Maryland Antiques: SAN-supported legislation to provide for a one-time registration fee of $50 for vehicles at least 60 years old was signed into law. Under the measure, the one-time registration is not transferable to a subsequent owner.