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Actually...that used to be 20 years or older. I know people that were looking forward to their car's twenty year birthday and then the law was changed. :(

Sorry, Eddie! 1976 cars are subject to smog inspection...it is 1975 and older that are exempt from the biannual smog test here in Californica. (intentional sp.)

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Typical of the brains behind CA DMV or whoever determines these things, I always thought 1975 was an oddball year for them to use. 1974 would have been more appropriate since 1975 was the year that the catalytic convertor became standard equipment on most if not all, new American cars in the US.

LOL...positive it was twenty years...I had a wicked '68 Camaro and was looking forward to the twenty year rule in 1988 back in the day. Okay, just dated myself here. :)
 

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Oh...interesting!
I did some research online and am seeing 30 years in the early 2000s...I remember that in the 80s, it was 20 years...that is all that any of us car guys talked about back in the day since smog testing appeared around that time. Guessing it must have changed sometime in the 90s or so. Research online just doesn't pull up anything that old. It would help to know what year the 30 year rolling smog rule (which is no longer applicable) came about.

Regardless, I guess it doesn't mean anything at this point anyway since it doesn't apply anymore. :(

1976 is correct if you say 1976 and newer, but most DMV rules I've seen say vehicles 1975 and "older" which is the same thing.

Gawd, I feel old!
 

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Believe it or not, no safety inspections here in California, unless you are doing a kit car or bringing a car back from the dead.

Although some may differ, I think the cops are very laidback here (especially SF/Northern CA) compared to other states. Perhaps too easy going on some things. People never seem to use their blinkers around here...drives me nuts. I know from a ton of biz travel to other states in the past that this would likely result in a ticket, unlike here.

Then again, there was that thread recently about not speeding in Virginia :O
 

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I wasn't of driving age yet, but I remember that in the 70s, Eddie! California cars and 49 state cars...I also remember some "High Altitude emissions" option listed on some option lists.

I also recall that in California in 1980, you could only get an automatic 305 V8 in the Corvette, so people were bringing in 350 4 speed cars from out of state and selling them at a premium. :)

I hadn't realized they were all 50 state cars now, that makes sense...we have come a long way. I vaguely remember hearing just a few years back that if you bought a new car out of state that it had to have a certain amount of miles or it could not be registered in California. Guessing that was more to get people to buy locally as opposed to smog.
 
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