In the State of Minnesota a car has to be 20 years old to be eligible for collector plates. Most people know that. But there is a giant OR to this statement. If a car is 10 years old and they only sold 500 cars or less of a particular engine or body style it is eligible for collector plates. I was reading this statute back in May, and realized that my 99 VR4 should qualify for this. I contacted Mitsubishi and got a letter from them stating that 274 99 VR4s were imported to the USA. With this letter in hand and a copy of the statute, I went to the DMV and started the process to get collector plates. It took 60 days to get them, but they did come.
I then proceeded to check on my other two cars. My 95 Spyder was a little too many at 520. But my Stealth came in at 365. So I went through the process with that car. I just got those plates on Saturday. Here is a picture of my two "collector" cars:
Here is a link to the collector car statute: https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=168.10" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; The part about the 10 years old and less than 500 vehicles is in Sub 1c.
So you may be wondering why its such a big deal. Well, Minnesota treats collector cars a little different. First of all, collector cars don't require front plates. We all hate those ugly front plates. LOL. Also, once you pay for the plates you are done. No more paying for tabs every year!!!
There is also one more possible advantage. A lot of equipment type laws are not suppose to apply to collector cars. And its kind of vague but it looks like the window tint laws shouldn't apply to collector cars. In Subd 1f of the statute I linked above it states:
And in the windshield statute which covers "glazing" material, or window tint it, does not state that the statute applies to collector vehicles.No law requiring any particular equipment or specifying any standards to be met by motor vehicles shall apply to pioneer, classic, collector vehicles, collector military vehicles, or street rods unless it specifically so states.
Now if your 3/S is a 1991 model it qualifies for collector plates today. The 1992 3/Ses will be eligible on January 1st, 2012. So if you have a 1992, I'd recommend going to the DMV the first week of January and starting this process. If they don't screw it up, it will probably take 60 days. But if you get custom collector plates, there is always the chance of them messing up, so you mine as well do it in January so you have them for the driving season next year. Eric Dunn has collector plates on his 91 Stealth and I know Josh F is in the process of getting them for his 96 R/T TT.
One last thing to remember about collector plates. You do have to have at least one other vehicle with regular plates. And you are not suppose to use your collector car for "daily transportation needs."