Some thought it was tasteful, some thought it was bland. One way or another, the 456 GT was a refreshingly understated touring machine from Maranello when its contemporaries were dominated by enormous ducts and wings. Compared to its successor, the 612 Scaglietti, the 456 was an exercise in good proportions and tasteful lines. Then some nutcase went and ruined it.
Like drawing a moustache on the Mona Lisa, this GT had an oversized rear wing grafted onto its boot-lid. The flip-up headlights – the last of its kind for Ferrari – were replaced with clear lenses mimicking the 550 Maranello. And the elegant five-spoke wheels were swapped out for multi-spoke racing rims.
It's bad enough when some tuning house rips up an F430 or 575 and mods it beyond recognition, but this example makes us wish Ferrari retained the right to repossess any of its creations that are being mistreated. Where's the SPCF when you need them?