Yes, the value seems a funny thing. When I bought the car mustangs and Shelbys had no where near the value. Now I see people asking 70-80k for fake Shelby clones. Sort of odd. Maybe it has to do with the cost of restoration.
Personal touches do have to appeal to the right person I agree. But I built the car for myself I guess, not necessarily for resale. It is not a perfect original car, that's for sure, but I wouldn't want one for myself. Part of the fun of a Pantera for me was personalization and running it a few times at Road America. Worth every penny I spent on the car. Car shows, cruzes, were a lot of fun. Hard to keep clean with the brake dust and the engine cavity like a giant dust vacuum. Sort of why it sits. After a few years of cleaning after every drive, and without being able to use a hose to wash it. Well I guess I just got lazy or busy or both. The steering wheel is removable. I have the original seats so I suppose that would eliminate most of the accents if desired.
For me, a Shelby with the accents is more desirable than a stripe delete car, and what I would prefer. Shelby American and Ford must figure the same thing from what see. Do upgrades hurt or help a car? Maybe depends on the buyer?
Thank you for the replies.