Owning and being the caretaker of a car is one thing, but making it your own is something entirely different—and a rite of passage for many car lovers. With all the options for modifying cars out there though, there are certainly wrong ways to go about it. We want to hear about the modifications you regret.
Early automobiles didn’t have nearly the aftermarket support that we enjoy today—or even that existed 50 years ago. Those lucky enough to own cars might have the upholstery re-done when it inevitably wore out, or a custom pinstripe added to the paint. Post WWII, Americans have enjoyed the ability to customize their vehicles easily, thanks to outfits like J.C. Whitney, which stocks any manner of hop-up and customization parts.
This 1984 Toyota Celica has certainly been customized. Photo: Aaron McKenzie
Just because you can doesn’t mean you should, though. Any number of great original cars has been ruined thanks to an owner with far too high of a credit limit on their American Express card. We all have done something to a car we’re not proud of, so let this Hagerty Forums thread serve as a confessional. Tell us about those questionable modifications you’ve made. We won’t judge.