Updated 11/07/06

VIRGINIA

Antique motor vehicle: every motor vehicle, as defined in this section, which was actually manufactured or designated by the manufacturer as a model manufactured in a calendar year not less than 25 years prior to January 1 of each calendar year and is owned solely as a collector's item. *(From Virginia statutes)

Updated 12-14-06
Virginia Antiques:
After heavy opposition from the SAN, Virginia legislation that threatened to restrict pleasure driving of antique motor vehicles to a range not more than 50 miles (currently 250 miles) from the owner's residence was withdrawn by the bill's sponsor. The bill also sought to clarify that antique vehicles may not be used for work-related travel. Legislators considered including antique cars in the state's mandatory annual safety inspection program, claiming that many are unsafe "junkers."

Classic motor vehicle: a motor vehicle, but not a reproduction thereof, manufactured at least 15 years prior to the current year that has been maintained in or restored to a condition that is substantially in conformity with manufacturer specifications and appearance.

Specially constructed vehicle: any vehicle that was not originally constructed under a distinctive name, make, model, or type by a generally recognized manufacturer of vehicles and not a reconstructed vehicle as herein defined.

Hobbyist: the owner of one or more reconstructed or specially constructed vehicles who collects, purchases, acquires, trades, or disposes of reconstructed or specially constructed vehicles or parts thereof for his own use in order to build, reconstruct, restore, preserve, and maintain a reconstructed or specially constructed vehicle for historic or hobby interest.

Virginia Street Rods/Custom Cars: SAN model legislation to create a vehicle registration classification for street rods and custom vehicles and provide for special license plates for these vehicles has been carried over to Virginia's 2007 legislative session. The bill defines a street rod as an altered vehicle manufactured before 1949 and a custom as an altered vehicle at least 25 years old and manufactured after 1948. The measure also allows kit cars and replica vehicles to be assigned a certificate of title bearing the same model year designation as the production vehicle it most closely resembles. SAN is currently addressing concerns posed by the state DMV, environmental regulators and police.

Updated 12-14-06
Virginia Emissions Exemption:
SAN-supported legislation to exempt newer motor vehicles from the state's mandatory emissions inspection program was signed into law. Under the new law, a motor vehicle will not be subject to emissions inspection until it is four years old or older. The new law acknowledges the relatively minimal environmental impact of the vehicles targeted for this exemption and that it is senseless to test newer vehicles, the results of which demonstrate no significant air quality benefits.

Virginia Exhaust Noise: Two separate bills to revise the state's restrictions against modified exhaust systems were set aside in Virginia for the year. Under the SAN model legislation, vehicle owners are permitted to operate a vehicle with an exhaust system that emits no more than 95-decibels as measured by SAE test standard J1169.