Jordan: Roads committee passes legislation to change title requirements for replica cars

Posted by: Devan Strebing & Shelby Seay  | Wednesday, March 15, 2017

STATEHOUSE (March 15, 2017) – The House Committee on Roads and Transportation voted in support of a bill co-sponsored by State Rep. Jack Jordan (R-Bremen) that would change the titling requirements for specialty-built vehicles.

Jordan said these kinds of cars are built to resemble the body of a different car that was produced at least 25 years ago, like the 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder or the 1965 Shelby Cobra. Replica vehicles are either home-built by individuals using kits, or through low-volume manufacturers with new, used or a combination of both kinds of parts.

Under current law, these vehicles are given a reconstructed vehicles title. However, this title is equated to a salvaged title in other states. This bill would create a new title for specialty constructed vehicles.

“This titling issue causes major problems not just for automotive enthusiasts, but for the replica vehicle business in Indiana,” Jordan said. “Out-of-state customers who want to purchase specialty made cars from Hoosier businesses are hesitant because transferring the Indiana title will leave them with a salvage title in their home state. This bill aims to stimulate economic opportunities for Indiana car enthusiasts.”

A summer study committee would work with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to examine the effects of similar legislation in 23 other states.

Senate Bill 340 now moves to the House floor for further consideration. For more information, visit iga.in.gov.

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State Rep. Jack Jordan (R-Bremen) represents House District 17, which

includes all of Marshall County and a large portion of Fulton County.

A high-resolution photo of Jordan can be downloaded by clicking here.