A few years back we had a De Tomaso Pantera in the family. It was a pretty bone-stock 1973, and was not only a blast to drive, but was also a ticket of entry into the world of wacky Pantera owners and their cars. Now, at the time, the Pantera wasn’t worth all that much, nice examples trading well south of twenty grand. That meant that a lot of owners didn’t feel any compunction to keep their cars stock, and I can recall countless numbers of flared fenders, quad turbos, and any other wild and/or individual modification you could imagine.
Today the Pantera has reached a point in value where a stock edition will fetch twice or even three times what they went for little more than they did back then. And those with the wild – and usually irreversible – modifications? Well, they’re paying the price because collectors want Alejandro’s vision, not that of Clark from Walnut Grove. That’s a cautionary tale, and it got me thinking, are there cars today that should always be left alone and not messed with, lest the modifications negatively impact its potential value? What do you think, are there cars that should simply NEVER be modified?
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