Mark Phelan Detroit Free Press Published 7:30 AM EDT Oct 12, 2019 Historic cars, trucks and motorcycles could soon have the same official recognition as some of America’s most significant planes, boats and buildings. Michigan Democratic Sen. Gary Peters and Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman have introduced a bill to create a national register of information, photos, documents, engineering records and more for vehicles with unique and significant stories. “Vehicles are central to our history,” Peters said. “It’s important to have a dedicated central register to document historic vehicles.” Each vehicle must have a unique story. You can’t simply say, “The Mustang is historic, we should have Mustang in the register.” The only Mustang to make the list out of the 10 million Ford has sold is the green ’68 fastback Steve McQueen drove in “Bullitt” for the greatest chase scene of all time. Vehicles need unique, thoroughly verified histories to make the cut, and they need to have played a role in American culture, like the 1940 engineering prototype — also built by Ford — that’s the most direct surviving ancestor of the WWII Jeep and modern SUVs. More from Mark Phelan: He accidentally sold — and possibly saved —… Read full this story
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