The newest vehicle we own is a '90 0lds 98 regency (my caddy is a 89)- ancient by todays standards in technology. But we travel a bit and always rent a car and so we have sampled some of the newer cars Detroit and Asia have to offer.
There is no question about it, the cars they are making today are great; speed handling, technology; I love it. I read with fascination and awe the latest advances in the cars today and try to imagine what is in the future.
But, my two favorites to drive are my '88 Big Blue Kidney Buster 3/4 ton 4x4 Chevy Pick up and my '68 Pontiac Lemans.
The PU has a 350 with 190K. It has tons of power, the engine and drive train are tight, and it uses almost no oil. A Cheyenne, it has almost no options (the AC was put in later!), and is a brute to drive. The 3" exhuast growls when I stomp on the gas (which is great for scaring little old ladies doing 20mph in a 50mph zone when I pass them). There is absolutely nothing refined about that truck but I love it.
My pontiac is my toy. I love the older style of cars but lets face it, the damn things, compared to the handling of cars today, are almost death traps. The 4 drum brakes are horrible for slowing down quickly at highway speeds, heaven help you if the brakes get wet. The handing and response, compared to todays cars, is like a horse and buggy. It is kinda funny, to me, when I drive the Pontiac most of the time in the summer and then get in the caddy. In particular the gearing for the steering is so different. You have to spin the wheel on the Pontiac so much more when making a turn that I have to be carefull not to turn into the curb with the caddy. The pontiac also doesnt have power brakes so the first time I use the brakes in the caddy, or truck, is kinda funny.
But after those long days at the shop, I put down the top, and all the worlds hassles go away. I enjoy the slight shake of the old V8 under the hood and the low rumble when I come up to speed. Certianly the admiring looks from other drivers is nice for the ego as well.
Push rods, OHV, it is whatever brings a smile to your face that is important. 20 years from now OHV may well be antiquated and 100 years from now..... who knows.