I have Pantera #6973 that was brought to the US from Europe via the gray market process in the mid 1980's. It has the large rubber bumper in the front and I am now learning that the car probably had small chrome bumpers when it was originally sold in Europe. Apparently federal law required that the car's bumpers had to meet US federal standards upon entering the country. Does this sound correct? I am considering putting it back to small chrome bumpers but want to ensure that I am keeping the car original in this regard. I am aware that large holes may have been cut in the sheetmetal of the car for the bumper shocks and thus there will be some body work involved to put it back to Euro spec.
Here is the current bumper:
Here is an example of the replacement bumpers: