Originally Posted by evilfij
Cali has a limited number of [and I will get the name wrong] registrations for basically what amounts to "other" that are handed out each year. Ariel Atoms etc. can be titled like this. I am not sure that is how this one was done, but it would not surprise me if that is what happened.
In Ca. those would be special construction vehicles and are titled as such. I'm not sure how the Ariel (or similar type vehicles) handle their registrations as I believe they come with VIN #'s from the manufacturer and are titled as an Ariel. Also, you can't have a replica titled under the original manufacturer's name (in Ca.), only as a special construction vehicle. Much like a replica Ford Cobra, it's titled as special construction vehicle with the model year being whatever year that specific vehicle was actually built (assigned a VIN #). Things differ as you get into donor or rebuilt vehicles with an original US titled frame, or with aftermarket frame swaps.
This particular vehicle (and the seller's sales ads) got me interested in how it was actually titled/registered. Per the DMV, this vehicle was originally titled in Ca. as a 2006 Santana as golden747 said. Shortly after the title was issued by an area DMV office, it was rescinded by the DMV when the paperwork reached Sacramento and the error was noticed (lack of supporting paperwork to show this vehicle was legally imported or legally crossed into the US for later sale, and meets federal standards for 2006 vehicles in the US).