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BAC Mono US Legality

Ok, I have been following this car for a while and I know it is imported by Sector 111 into the US. However, the only thing that disappointed me about its US launch was the fact that it would be for track use only. I don;t hink even if I had the money that I could justify spending that much on something that could only be trailered to the track. Recently on Facebook I noticed that Sector has been mentioning that it will be tested on the street before they track test it. Upon reading the most recent perusal of the Mono newsletter, they mentioned that they got a 90 day temporary registration, which they said could enable it for road use. If this is the first step to making it road legal then Is this possible?

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Purely hypothetical, but since it's a half-knockdown kit that needs to be assembled, maybe register it as a kit car under SB100??

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You beat me to it Forkmeupscotty.

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Yeah, but that SB100 is only for CA and we have to go through that same rigamorole for doing Nobles, fake snakes (Cobra reps), and Ariel Atoms.

For FL, they don't have that onerous scheme, and the guy I bought my Noble from said the FL DMV didn't ask for anything and just let him register it as a street car.

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California is so full of tree huggers, I am suprised any of their trees still have bark. You must have a "carb approved" intake, exhaust, blah blah blah... Must be the stock/original catalytic converter, as versus a racing cat (or at least according to regulations). You must cultivate a relationship with a shop to get past carb if you have any non-carb approved mods. In short, other neighboring states have a much simpler mechanism for registering "odd" cars.

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FL has a relatively straight forward kit car registering scheme..and usually once you have one states its not too bad to get it honored in another.

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Yeah, FL is pretty lax to say the least. I've seen cars with parachutes on the back and full on drag slicks roaming the streets. When I left FL, my car was catless with a custom turbo setup, methanol injection, and full standalone etc etc, and I never had an issue. Needless to say, I was scared $hitless to drive the thing out here in CA, and sold it ASAP.

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FL has a relatively straight forward kit car registering scheme..and usually once you have one states its not too bad to get it honored in another.
You haven't been on Noble Forums in the CA section to hear the horror stories of some who have tried to register in CA properly registered out of state cars.

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As someone that has registered cars in Florida and using SB100, let me add to this.

The thing about CARB by the way is applicable to normal factory cars, not the SB100 cars.

The important consideration in getting SB100 is that the car is a COMPONENT CAR. That means you did not buy it fully built from one company. That means a separate invoice for body/roller and the engine and the transmission. And those companies can not be the ones that assembled it either. That is the simple process.

Get number (easy). Pay sales tax and fees. Show proper paperwork
Get temp permit (30 days or more...depending on who gives it to you)
Brake and Light inspection
CHP VIN check
BAR smog check
Get plates


Really not that hard to do.

Now with the Mono, will Sector sell you the car without an engine and tranny?

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As someone that has registered cars in Florida and using SB100, let me add to this.

The thing about CARB by the way is applicable to normal factory cars, not the SB100 cars.

The important consideration in getting SB100 is that the car is a COMPONENT CAR. That means you did not buy it fully built from one company. That means a separate invoice for body/roller and the engine and the transmission. And those companies can not be the ones that assembled it either. That is the simple process.

Get number (easy). Pay sales tax and fees. Show proper paperwork
Get temp permit (30 days or more...depending on who gives it to you)
Brake and Light inspection
CHP VIN check
BAR smog check
Get plates


Really not that hard to do.

Now with the Mono, will Sector sell you the car without an engine and tranny?
My Noble came from FL and I went through the headaches as well in CA.

Getting the number was actually the hardest part for me because the first DMV did it as NOBLE and not SPCNS and when I went back to correct it, the number given to me at the DMV was then issued to someone else by Sacramento, causing a two month delay to sort out until I got a new number.

No brake and light inspection for my Noble. The BAR smog check was all visual and mainly confirming the PCV was closed and not vented, no rollers. Got my plates issued straight from the DMV after it was all said and done, not mailed from Sacramento.

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