Hello Bub and welcome to the forums.
I used to love old cars until last year. In Sept 2010, in the south of France, a Japanese gentleeman came out of a minor road straight in the path of my Jaguar. The collision was huge. Luckily my wife and I walked away, thanks to sophisticated safety devices. (He admitted full responsibility to the French police.)
On returning home I sold my MG RV8 (not available in the USA ... look it up), which was a seriously high-powered, low weight car, which I loved.
My reason for selling was that it had none of the sophisticted safety features which had saved our lives in the crash.
Modern cars can be boring but our relacement Jaguar XF is very powerful, economical, comfortable, and very safe. It would beat most large engined gas-guzzler from the 1970s round a track any day ... and it has a diesel engine!
Maybe where you are, the traffic is much lighter than in Europe. My old mate in Oz has a 1959 Frogeye Sprite (Austin Healy Sprite Mk1) and he loves it like a child, but then Australia only has a small population compared to here.
Each to their own.