Funny you mention the Luv/Pup, as that was my backup plan if I was unable to find
a Chevette worthy of acquisition. Sadly they appear to be as rare as the Chevette at
I now have enough info to wrap up my investigation. The program is real, albeit well
hidden. I spoke to a gent, Marvin, at BAR after close to 40 minutes on hold. I cited CA vehicle
code section 4000.1, paragraph (g) and he knew exactly what I was after. He sent
me a questionnaire to confirm eligibility and followed up that the program requires a
visit to a local referee (in deference to homeboyx's advice it is good to know that this is
The bad news is that there are no openings at the local referee stations for the rest of the
month, and apparently they cannot schedule August yet. So it will be a bit before I can
provide much more info on the actual workings of the program.
Marvin was able to confirm at least the basics-
1. The vehicle is 35 years or older (so for our purposes 76 to 78)
2. The vehicle is insured with classic automobile coverage
a. This implies it is not a primary use vehicle, which means proof of a daily driver is required
b. A copy of the policy is required.
3. The vehicle will be subject to a tailpipe sniffer test and an inspection for fuel leaks.
a. An under hood visual inspection is not performed.
Marvin volunteered that the point in 3a is odd, that if they look for fuel leaks, then they are
performing a visual inspection, but thought the regulation as written meant that if all else
was in order and no fuel leak was observed that the criteria for being inspected as a classic
car had been met.