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                            CHAPTER 240-H.F.No. 454 
                  An act relating to motor vehicles; allowing issuance 
                  and display of single license plate for collector 
                  vehicles and vehicles that meet collector vehicle 
                  requirements but are used for general transportation 
                  purposes; amending Minnesota Statutes 1996, sections 
                  168.10, subdivisions 1a, 1b, 1c, and 1d; and 169.79. 
        BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
           Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 168.10, 
        subdivision 1a, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 1a.  [COLLECTOR'S VEHICLE, PIONEER LICENSE.] Any 
        motor vehicle manufactured prior to 1936 and owned and operated 
        solely as a collector's item shall be listed for taxation and 
        registration as follows:  An affidavit shall be executed stating 
        the name and address of the owner, the name and address of the 
        person from whom purchased, the make of the motor vehicle, year 
        and number of the model, the manufacturer's identification 
        number and that the vehicle is owned and operated solely as a 
        collector's item and not for general transportation purposes.  
        If the registrar is satisfied that the affidavit is true and 
        correct and the owner pays a $25 tax, the registrar shall list 
        such vehicle for taxation and registration and shall issue a 
        single number plates plate. 
           The number plates plate so issued shall bear the 
        inscription "Pioneer," "Minnesota" and the registration number 
        or other combination of characters authorized under section 
        168.12, subdivision 2a, but no date.  The number plates are 
        plate is valid without renewal as long as the vehicle is in 
        existence.  The registrar has the power to revoke said plates 
        plate for failure to comply with this subdivision. 
           Sec. 2.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 168.10, 
        subdivision 1b, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 1b.  [COLLECTOR'S VEHICLE, CLASSIC CAR LICENSE.] Any 
        motor vehicle manufactured between and including the years 1925 
        and 1948, and designated by the registrar of motor vehicles as a 
        classic car because of its fine design, high engineering 
        standards, and superior workmanship, and owned and operated 
        solely as a collector's item shall be listed for taxation and 
        registration as follows:  An affidavit shall be executed stating 
        the name and address of the owner, the name and address of the 
        person from whom purchased, the make of the motor vehicle, year 
        and number of the model, the manufacturer's identification 
        number and that the vehicle is owned and operated solely as a 
        collector's item and not for general transportation purposes.  
        If the registrar is satisfied that the affidavit is true and 
        correct and that the motor vehicle qualifies to be classified as 
        a classic car, and the owner pays a $25 tax, the registrar shall 
        list such vehicle for taxation and registration and shall issue 
        a single number plates plate. 
           The number plates plate so issued shall bear the 
        inscription "Classic Car," "Minnesota," and the registration 
        number or other combination of characters authorized under 
        section 168.12, subdivision 2a, but no date.  The number plates 
        are plate is valid without renewal as long as the vehicle is in 
        existence.  The registrar has the power to revoke said plates 
        plate for failure to comply with this subdivision. 
           The following cars built between and including 1925 and 
        1948 are classic: 
          A.C.
          Adler
          Alfa Romeo
          Alvis               Speed 20, 25, and 4.3 litre.
          Amilcar
          Aston Martin
          Auburn              All 8-cylinder and 12-cylinder models. 
          Audi
          Austro-Daimler
          Avions Voisin 12
          Bentley
          Blackhawk
          B.M.W.              Models 327, 328, and 335 only.
          Brewster
           (Heart-front Ford)
          Bugatti
          Buick               1931 through 1942:  series 90 only.
          Cadillac            All 1925 through 1935.
                              All 12's and 16's.
                              1936-1948:  Series 63, 65, 67, 
                              70, 72, 75, 80, 85 and 90 only.
                              1938-1947:  60 special only.
                              1940-1947:  All 62 Series.
          Chrysler            1926 through 1930:  Imperial 80.
                              1929:  Imperial L.
                              1931 through 1937:  Imperial Series CG,
                              CH, CL, and CW.
                              All Newports and Thunderbolts.
                              1934 CX.
                              1935 C-3.
                              1936 C-11.
                              1937 through 1948:  Custom Imperial,
                              Crown Imperial Series C-15, C-20, C-24,
                              C-27, C-33, C-37, and C-40.
          Cord
          Cunningham
          Dagmar              Model 25-70 only.
          Daimler
          Delage
          Delahaye
          Doble
          Dorris
          Duesenberg
          du Pont
          Franklin            All models except 1933-34 Olympic Sixes.
          Frazer Nash
          Graham              1930-1931:  Series 137.
          Graham-Paige        1929-1930:  Series 837.
          Hispano Suiza
          Horch
          Hotchkiss
          Invicta
          Isotta Fraschini
          Jaguar
          Jordan              Speedway Series 'Z' only.
          Kissel              1925, 1926 and 1927:  Model 8-75.
                              1928:  Model 8-90, and 8-90 White Eagle.
                              1929:  Model 8-126, and 8-90 White Eagle.
                              1930:  Model 8-126.
                              1931:  Model 8-126.
          Lagonda
          Lancia
          La Salle            1927 through 1933 only.
          Lincoln             All models K, L, KA, and KB.
                              1941:  Model 168H.
                              1942:  Model 268H.
          Lincoln
          Continental         1939 through 1948.
          Locomobile          All models 48 and 90.
                              1927:  Model 8-80.
                              1928:  Model 8-80.
                              1929:  Models 8-80 and 8-88.
          Marmon              All 16-cylinder models.
                              1925:  Model 74.
                              1926:  Model 74.
                              1927:  Model 75.
                              1928:  Model E75.
                              1930:  Big 8 model.
                              1931:  Model 88, and Big 8.
          Maybach
          McFarlan
          Mercedes Benz       All models 2.2 litres and up.
          Mercer
          M.G.                6-cylinder models only.
          Minerva
          Nash                1931:  Series 8-90.
                              1932:  Series 9-90,
                              Advanced 8, and Ambassador 8.
                              1933-1934:  Ambassador 8.
          Packard             1925 through 1934:  All models.
                              1935 through 1942:  Models 1200,
                              1201, 1202, 1203, 1204, 1205, 1207,
                              1208, 1400, 1401, 1402, 1403, 1404,
                              1405, 1407, 1408, 1500, 1501, 1502,
                              1506, 1507, 1508, 1603, 1604, 1605,
                              1607, 1608, 1705, 1707, 1708, 1806,
                              1807, 1808, 1906, 1907, 1908, 2006,
                              2007, and 2008 only.
                              1946 and 1947:  Models 2106 and
                              2126 only.
          Peerless            1926 through 1928:  Series 69.
                              1930-1931:  Custom 8.
                              1932:  Deluxe Custom 8.
          Pierce Arrow
          Railton
          Renault             Grand Sport model only.
          Reo                 1930-1931:  Royale Custom 8, and
                              Series 8-35 and 8-52 Elite 8.
                              1933:  Royale Custom 8.
          Revere
          Roamer              1925:  Series 8-88, 6-54e, and 4-75.
                              1926:  Series 4-75e, and 8-88.
                              1927-1928:  Series 8-88.
                              1929:  Series 8-88, and 8-125.
                              1930:  Series 8-125.
          Rohr
          Rolls Royce
          Ruxton
          Salmson
          Squire
          Stearns Knight
          Stevens Duryea
          Steyr
          Studebaker          1929-1933:  President, except model 82.
          Stutz
          Sunbeam
          Talbot
          Triumph             Dolomite 8 and Gloria 6.
          Vauxhall            Series 25-70 and 30-98 only.
          Voisin
          Wills Saint Claire
           No commercial vehicles such as hearses, ambulances, or 
        trucks are considered to be classic cars. 
           Sec. 3.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 168.10, 
        subdivision 1c, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 1c.  [COLLECTOR'S VEHICLE, COLLECTOR LICENSE.] Any 
        motor vehicle, including any truck, that is at least 20 model 
        years old and manufactured after 1935, or any motor vehicle of a 
        defunct make defined as any car or truck originally licensed as 
        a separate identifiable make as designated by the division of 
        motor vehicles, and owned and operated solely as a collector's 
        vehicle, shall be listed for taxation and registration as 
        follows:  An affidavit shall be executed stating the name and 
        address of the person from whom purchased and of the new owner, 
        the make of the motor vehicle, year and number of the model, the 
        manufacturer's identification number and that the vehicle is 
        owned and operated solely as a collector's item and not for 
        general transportation purposes.  The owner must also prove that 
        the owner also has one or more vehicles with regular license 
        plates.  If the registrar is satisfied that the affidavit is 
        true and correct and the owner pays a $25 tax, the registrar 
        shall list the vehicle for taxation and registration and shall 
        issue a single number plates plate. 
           The number plates plate issued shall bear the inscription 
        "Collector," "Minnesota" and the registration number or other 
        combination of characters authorized under section 168.12, 
        subdivision 2a, but no date.  The number plates are plate is 
        valid without renewal as long as the vehicle is in existence.  
        The registrar has the power to revoke the plates plate for 
        failure to comply with this subdivision. 
           Sec. 4.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 168.10, 
        subdivision 1d, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 1d.  [COLLECTOR'S VEHICLE, STREET ROD LICENSE.] Any 
        modernized motor vehicle manufactured prior to the year 1949 or 
        designed and manufactured to resemble such vehicle shall be 
        listed for taxation and registration as follows:  
           An affidavit shall be executed stating the name and address 
        of the person from whom purchased and of the new owner, the make 
        of the motor vehicle, year number of model, and the 
        manufacturer's identification number.  The affidavit shall 
        further state that the vehicle is owned and operated solely as a 
        street rod and not for general transportation purposes.  The 
        owner must also prove that the owner has one or more vehicles 
        with regular license plates.  If the registrar is satisfied that 
        the affidavit is true and correct and the owner pays a $25 tax, 
        the registrar shall list such vehicle for taxation and 
        registration and shall issue a single number plates plate.  
           The number plates plate issued shall bear the inscription 
        "Street Rod", "Minnesota" and the registration number or other 
        combination of characters authorized under section 168.12, 
        subdivision 2a, but no date.  The number plates are plate is 
        valid without renewal as long as the vehicle is in existence.  
        The registrar has the power to revoke such plates plate for 
        failure to comply with this subdivision.  
           Sec. 5.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 169.79, is 
        amended to read: 
           169.79 [VEHICLE REGISTRATION.] 
           No person shall operate, drive or park a motor vehicle on 
        any highway unless the vehicle is registered in accordance with 
        the laws of this state and has the number plates for the current 
        year only, except as provided in section sections 168.10 and 
        168.12, subdivision 2f, as assigned to it by the commissioner of 
        public safety, conspicuously displayed thereon in a manner that 
        the view of any plate is not obstructed.  If the vehicle is a 
        semitrailer, the number plate displayed must be assigned to the 
        registered owner and correlate to the certificate of title 
        documentation on file with the department and shall not display 
        a year indicator.  If the vehicle is a motorcycle,; motor 
        scooter,; motorized bicycle,; motorcycle sidecar,; 
        trailer,; semitrailer,; collector's vehicle with a pioneer, 
        classic car, collector, or street rod license; vehicle that 
        meets the requirements of a pioneer, classic, or street rod 
        vehicle except that the vehicle is used for general 
        transportation purposes; vehicle that is of model year 1968 or 
        earlier, is not registered under section 168.10, subdivision 1c, 
        and is used for general transportation purposes; or vehicle 
        displaying a dealer plate, one plate shall be displayed on the 
        rear thereof; if the vehicle is a truck-tractor, road-tractor or 
        farm truck, as defined in section 168.011, subdivision 17, but 
        excluding from that definition semitrailers and trailers, one 
        plate shall be displayed on the front thereof; if it is any 
        other kind of motor vehicle, one plate shall be displayed on the 
        front and one on the rear thereof.  All plates shall be securely 
        fastened so as to prevent them from swinging.  The person 
        driving the motor vehicle shall keep the plate legible and 
        unobstructed and free from grease, dust, or other blurring 
        material so that the lettering shall be plainly visible at all 
        times.  It is unlawful to cover any assigned letters and numbers 
        or the name of the state of origin of a license plate with any 
        material whatever, including any clear or colorless material 
        that affects the plate's visibility or reflectivity.  License 
        plates issued to vehicles registered under section 168.017 must 
        display the month of expiration in the lower left corner as 
        viewed facing the plate and the year of expiration in the lower 
        right corner as viewed facing the plate. 
           Sec. 6.  [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 
           Sections 1 to 5 are effective June 1, 1997. 
           Presented to the governor May 30, 1997 
           Signed by the governor June 3, 1997, 1:40 p.m.