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Senators Drop Partisanship, Introduce National Historic Vehicle Register Act

Sens Peters, Portman push for new register.

by on Apr.28, 2017

Sen. Gary Peters (D-Michigan) is co-sponsoring the National Historic Vehicles Register Act with Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio).

Michigan and Ohio both have had a huge shared stake in the automobile industry for more than a century and U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-Michigan) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) are teaming in a bi-partisan effort to create a national register to preserve the records of historic vehicles.

The pair have sponsored the National Historic Vehicle Register Act, which would require the U.S. Department of Interior to establish a register of vehicles that have had a “significant impact on America’s history and culture.”

Historical News!

The register would be housed in the Library of Congress to preserve examples of American history and engineering innovation by documenting historically significant automobiles, motorcycles, trucks and commercial vehicles, according to the proposed legislations states. (more…)

Library of Congress Launches Registry of Historic Vehicles

1964 Shelby Daytona Coupe first among potentially thousands of unique automobiles.

by on Jan.23, 2014

The prototype for the 1964 Shelby Daytona Coupe lands on the new Historical Vehicle Registry.

The Library of Congress has launched a national registry of historically significant vehicles, each one of which will be arrived at and certified by The Department of the Interior through collaboration with the Historical Vehicle Association.

The announcement came at the Washington D.C. Auto Show Day. The first vehicle to be entered onto the registry will be displayed for the public at the show—the 1964 Shelby Daytona Coupe—number CSX2287—one of six such race cars produced by Carol Shelby to take on Ferrari in the GT Series.

Setting the Record Straight!

The Shelby was the first car on the Registry, said HVA President Mark Gessler, because it “so perfectly” fit all the criteria the group will use going forward to get vehicles certified by the Dept. of Interior for the Library of Congress. “It is historic, iconic, associated with one of the great car producers, Shelby…it’s a prototype and it is unrestored.”

This week also happens to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Shelby Daytona Coupe’s debut on the track.