Older = Wiser (that is the question)?!
Ever since my oldest brother had a 55 Chev 2-door hardtop with an Olds engine and three dueces, I have been hooked. Of course, both my brothers had MG's with 4-speeds at one time as well, and that was a turn on to a young boy .... wow, shifting gears !!!
But times change, now that high stall converters and strong automatic transmission parts are available. You don't have to shift, you simply step on the GO pedal .... what a rush.
We spent time with big block chevs, small and big block Mopars, but once I started working with the small block chevys, I new it was the 'engine of its day' and still can be.
The new LS series, similar in a lot of ways, has improved strength and fantastic head flow, so it is the SBC of the future.