Article 8.3. Historic And Special Interest Vehicles of California Vehicle Code >> Division 3. >> Chapter 1. >> Article 8.3.
The Legislature finds and declares that constructive leisure
pursuits by California citizens is most important. This article is
intended to encourage responsible participation in the hobby of
collecting, preserving, restoring, and maintaining motor vehicles of
historic and special interest, which hobby contributes to the
enjoyment of the citizen and the preservation of California's
As used in this article, unless the context otherwise
(a) "Collector" is the owner of one or more vehicles described in
Section 5004 or of one or more special interest vehicles, as defined
in this article, who collects, purchases, acquires, trades, or
disposes of the vehicle, or parts thereof, for his or her own use, in
order to preserve, restore, and maintain the vehicle for hobby or
(b) "Special interest vehicle" is a vehicle of an age that is
unaltered from the manufacturer's original specifications and,
because of its significance, including, but not limited to, an
out-of-production vehicle or a model of less than 2,000 sold in
California in a model-year, is collected, preserved, restored, or
maintained by a hobbyist as a leisure pursuit.
(c) "Parts car" is a motor vehicle that is owned by a collector to
furnish parts for restoration or maintenance of a special interest
vehicle or a vehicle described in Section 5004, thus enabling a
collector to preserve, restore, and maintain a special interest
vehicle or a vehicle described in Section 5004.
(d) "Street rod vehicle" is a motor vehicle, other than a
motorcycle, manufactured in, or prior to, 1948 that is individually
modified in its body style or design, including through the use of
nonoriginal or reproduction components, and may include additional
modifications to other components, including, but not limited to, the
engine, drivetrain, suspension, and brakes in a manner that does not
adversely affect its safe performance as a motor vehicle or render
it unlawful for highway use.
Except as otherwise provided by local ordinance, a collector
may maintain one or more vehicles described in Section 5051, whether
currently licensed or unlicensed, or whether operable or inoperable,
in outdoor storage on private property, if every such vehicle and
outdoor storage area is maintained in such manner as not to
constitute a health hazard and is located away from public view, or
screened from ordinary public view, by means of a suitable fence,
trees, shrubbery, opaque covering, or other appropriate means.