Legislation could lead to fewer cool rides on the streets of Europe

Many classic car enthusiasts claim that local and state governments make it increasingly difficult every year for modified muscle to legally take the streets. However, as bad as we may think it is in the United States, drivers in Europe may soon have it worse than anyone else when it comes to making their classics street legal.

Legislation being mulled over by the European Union features new rules that would make it so that in order for a car to take the road, it would have to be in the condition it was when it left the assembly line.

This means that older cars, which feature safety upgrades as simple as new windshield wipers, would automatically fail any inspection, and would then have to be taken off the road. As well, kit cars and the rides of hobbyists would be excluded from the streets, meaning millions of drivers could potentially be stuck in their driveways should this law come to pass.

"If every car with a modification was breaking down and having problems then that would be different but they don’t. Most modifications don’t affect a car’s safety. This [legislation] would affect everything from changing a car’s wheels to fitting a bodykit," Vanessa Guyll, a British car enthusiast who opposes the bill, told the Daily Mail.

This means that no more novelty limousines, like this stretch Ferrari, would cruise down the wet and windy streets of England, and no old-school hot rods could take a spin down the Autobahn. So as unfriendly we may think the U.S. government is to hot rod enthusiasts, we should all be thankful and have some sympathy for fellow car lovers across the Atlantic.

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