I know, it's nuts. A lot of folks buy the new lifted trucks for more money around here just because it gets them around the law. I wonder if you can order a truck from factory with a particular value of tint. I know the paperwork for mine said it had a UV coating and you could tell it was SLIGHTLY darker like 85% or something.
Just take a wheel off. Then it's a motorcycle! Ha!
That was popular in the 30's and 40's, especially in Europe, where taxes on cars were high but were cheap on motorcycles. Enterprising folks figured out that a "car" had four wheels and so something with three wheels is, legally, a motorcycle! Everything from big steel enclosed things with a big motor to small, cheap, V-Twin powered "autocycles"
We're seeing them come back. Not because of taxes this time, but because of so many state, local, and federal laws surrounding cars, required equipment, etc. Don't get me wrong; a lot of it is good. Companies would gladly sell you a car that would kill you in a low speed collision if it meant they could sell twice as many of them. So it's nice to have some oversight to require the cars on the road to be safe for everybody. You can't drive around in an 18-wheeler with no brakes, for example.
But the "Elio" is the perpetually pushed back car that might, maybe, in the future come out. It's an enclosed, air conditioned, ultra high MPG three wheeler that will be licensed as a motorcycle (but in almost every state, will be exempt from the helmet law). While it'll have airbags, it's exempt from the very expensive safety and emissions testing (not the one you do on your car, the several-hundred-thousand dollar ones manufacturers have to do before they are allowed to sell the car). So, in theory, it's gonna be sub-$7,000 for a 2-seat car with A/C, heat, and windshield wipers. The Polaris slingshot as a cheap sports-car with three wheels so it doesn't have to have silly things like airbags to slow you down. And Morgan (the pic above) has even resurrected their 30's and 40's autocycle as a brand new model with a Mazda MX-5 transmission and a 125" S&S V-Twin.
So there's always ways around it! I guess if, after more than half a century they haven't closed the "autocycle" loophole, then they probably never will!
2012 Model Morgan: (By the way, my dream car. While the original Morgan was super cheap and a 'poor mans' way to get around, the New Morgan, and likewise, surviving originals, are in excess of $70k. But I would LOVE to own one.)
If I ever won the lottery I don't play, or inherited money from dead relatives I don't have; I think I'd buy a brand new Morgan and find an engineer willing to shoehorn a V2K motor in front. I think the S&S motor is pretty ugly and S&S isn't known for reliability. But a metric motor would take a lot of modifications because you'd be running it sans-transmission (feeding it through the MX-5 gearbox).