Saturday 25th September 2021

Driving a replica movie car on the road: what is allowed?

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Cars are spectacularly staged in many films. Fans are sometimes so enthusiastic that they see the vehicles shown in the series / films in reality want to recreate. There are a few things to consider here, because not everything is allowed - at least when you have the vehicle on too public roads want to move. Many are chase between one Ford Mustang GT 390 and a Dodge Charger in the movie "Bullitt“From 1968 certainly stuck in the memory and not without good reason: after all, the spectacular hunt between the two vehicles in the film takes place over ten minutes long. The blockbuster made the Mustang famous and secured the status of Cult car. This effect was so great that Ford came up with the idea of ​​one in 2018 Bullitt special series to build based on the current Mustang.

the replica movie car

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The Bullitt special series, however, by no means corresponds to the norm: as a rule, they are replicas and nnew interpretations not produced directly by the manufacturers. For example there is the Dodge Monaco from the movie "Blues Brothers"Or the innovative vehicles from James Bond (almost) only in the respective films. The exception is that 2020 Aston Martin DB5 Goldfingerwhich is also manufactured directly by Aston Martin and pays homage to the DB5 by James Bond (Sean Connery) from the 1964 film "Goldfinger". But the DB5 is not street legal. It looks worse, however, with that DeLorean DMC-12 from the movie "Back to the Future“, The GMC Vandura from the A-Team or PUTTY from the series "Knight Rider". So far, no manufacturer has copied them. If you are enthusiastic about these vehicles and really want to drive one yourself, you have to do it yourself reconstruct, however, a couple of points observed should be.

These regulations apply to conversions and driving such conversions!

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In principle, it goes without saying that all carsthat are moved on public roads conform to the Road Traffic Licensing Regulations must be. Of course, this also applies to such film replicas - unless you just want them to appear private land drive. Deviations for whatever reason are for the road not permitted. You may only take part in public road traffic with a vehicle if it has been modified accordingly does not mean that the operating license will expire, BE for short, is coming. This is the case, for example, when the type of vehicle or the exhaust- and Noise behavior changes. In many cases, however, means individual acceptance from a motor vehicle expert, a test center or a monitoring association, a lot is possible.

What can be stuck on?

Admittedly, the pasting with foils basically allowed, but the film used must not be reflective, retroreflective or reflective. This prevents the signal from being disturbed in traffic. A historical one black and white paint with a police star (Bluesmobil), however, is easily possible. What is not allowed, however, is the built-in frame protection - at least not in Germany. The use of some symbols is also illegal, for example historical representations of emergency vehicles are not allowed with the current be confused. For example, the lettering "Police“Not allowed - although vehicles with such a lettering are rarely to be found. This is due to the fact that there are patrols of the so-called "Military Police", especially near American barracks, and one of them Likelihood of confusion could exist. Also a working one Blue light Special signaling system is not allowed.

Clarify changes with a motor vehicle expert

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Before you start looking for a car Film template you should discuss the planned conversions with a motor vehicle expert in advance. Also, any copyrighted characters, Lettering or Symbols get noticed. Although they are not relevant for road approval, they can civil consequences if they are used without permission. Of course are built-in weapons and other gadgets like flamethrower or Bullets forbidden. Anyone who violates this has to deal with extremely high Fines and expect harsh punishments. Such devices can at most as Dummies be installed. But here, too, it is important to ensure that the dummy does not affect road safety and possibly by means of more expensive individual acceptance must be removed.

the manner determines the feasibility

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Depending on the car, this is the one Expenditure and the Luck to a success differently. Certainly it should be within the realm of feasibility, the bright red rims including all other changes from A-team bus get registered. But it will be a lot more difficult Fluxkompensator (Fusion reactor) at the DeLorean DMC-12. The components on the exterior of the body are too sharp-edged and sometimes annoying. By the way: If you want to buy a historic Ford Mustang GT 390 Fastback, as it appears in the movie Bullitt, it will be extremely expensive fun. The prices start here 55.000 euros and even if you are merely interested in the new interpretation from 2018 are interested, it costs at least (if you can find a copy at all) 53.000 Euros.

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  1. Thank you for contributing to the use of replica cars on the road. My uncle would like to use his movie car for everyday life and therefore needs an expert for car valuation. Good to know that the built-in frame protection is not permitted in certain countries.

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