IF I want to go out and "feel" the experience of driving, I'll take an older car any time over a "point, stab, and steer" recent production car. Certainly the newer car would be faster, but without all of the things which make an older factory hot rod more fun to drive and be in. That's just me and my "normal".
As ou talk about having to change spark plugs etc now and then.. just like a new car LOLYep, today's appliances on wheels are pretty quick in some cases. Don't hear/feel that four barrel kick in, burning rubber, exhaust bellowing, torque steering, and rowing the gears along with the satisfaction of changing the plugs, etc. now and then. But the new stuff is really good for hauling those groceries - and thousand dollar routine repairs.
I should clarify that I am comparing them to today's cars. Most of today's cars are faster than the old cars(and they should be)
I was a bit surprised that the z28 didnt run faster from the factory than published times and i would think part of that had to be traction off the line.
13.1 sounds more like where I could see it going with the solid lifter cam, decent heads and the rpm range. that also puts it in a good range of faster cars of that era.I wasn't, considering the way the came out of the factory mostly "under geared" for the engines design and power band, the "safe" timing curve, safe carb settings and with cast iron exhaust manifolds and full passible exhaust system, there was a full second plus ET left on the table.
With a 100 mph trap speed, it lines up with a 13.1 ET. The old distance/mph tells the tail. MPH is a good indicator of ET potential.