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NHTSA Throws Wrench Into GM Heritage Fleet Auction


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Yesterday the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration halted a Barret-Jackson sale of GM Heritage Fleet vehicles midway through the proceedings. Sources close to the Web site Sports Car Market said that the NHTSA's move was not expected and pointed out that both Barrett-Jackson and General Motors have been explicit in posting written material on the vehicles to the effect that they cannot be registered or driven (the Heritage Fleet all have salvage titles or similar).

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The NHTSA, they say, is nonetheless concerned that collectors will drive the vehicles or attempt to register them for street use.

GM and Barret-Jackson are scrambling to resolve the issue so they can, well, make money. GM recently opened the gates of its sacred Heritage Fleet and put the cars up for sale, in effect raiding the corporate piggy bank to scrape every last bit of cash together that it can as it teeters on the verge of bankruptcy.

The timing of the holdup is unfortunate for GM and Barret-Jackson; as of Sports Car Market's posting yesterday, NHTSA offices had closed and will remain closed today.

Updates can be found at www.barrett-jackson.com.

[source: Sports Car Market]

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Comments (5)
  1. "suckage"

    If Experimental planes are allowed, you'd think there would be a road map for qualifying Experimental cars.
     
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  2. "What next.............?"

    Personally, I think it's tragic that GM are selling off fantastic and historical motoring treasures. They were there for all to enjoy courtesy of a company that has provided much of the automobilia significance to the USA (and indirectly, the world). Now they will simply become money-making investments that only the rich asses of the world will be able to afford. It was the (purchasing) motoring public that enabled these historically significant vehicles to be built in the first place. As for the NHTSA, they really need to get a life. Few of these cars will ever see the road, so how about actually doing something of value. Why does no one think these days ? No wonder your country (the USA) is so screwed up.
     
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  3. "Historical Treasures?"

    Well, maybe a few of the GM Heritage cars are "fantastic and historical motoring treasures" but not that Saturn VUE they sold off.
     
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  4. "Lots to choose from"

    I hope some jewels find their way to established collections the public can access here in the US, like the Blackhawk (http://www.blackhawkmuseum.org/) and Harrah's (http://automuseum.org/) collections. Even overseas museums, where classic US models are rare (http://www.musee-malartre.com/malartre/), could benefit.
     
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  5. "Get real!!!"

    There's probably millions of unsafe cars on the road and they are worried about a few collector automobiles? A few collector automobiles that will be babied and protected because they are rare and valuable?
    Time for NHTSA to declare Chapter 11 too -- they have run out of common sense.
     
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