These are my thoughts only and what you do with them is entirely up to you. It is also your car, so what you do with IT is also entirely up to you. We live in different countries (Australia), although I am not sure that is relevant either.
Many, many years ago (like 46), I thought I wanted to build a Hot Rod. I hunted around for some time for something suitable to start with and eventually bought my DA Dodge. When I got it home and had a good look at it, I decided then and there that it would be restored, not rodded. I made that decision because I recognised that the Dodge was a “better” class of car (being a Budd body) than other locally built cars, including the Richards DA’s, with better upholstery, nicer door handles, etc. I also recognised that if I built a rod, it would never be as good a road car as the NEW car that I had recently bought (351 Ford Fairmont) and nothing has changed in those 46 years, except that new cars have got better and safer.
I have had a few “historic” vehicles over the years of varying ages and enjoy them for what they are, not what I could make them. For example, I currently have on the road, a 1976 Ford Fairmont. It has a horrible thin rimed steering wheel and vague power steering, both these things I could fix. But I don’t want to. When I go for a drive, it is like the (new) car I had all those years ago that prompted me to get the Dodge and THAT is what I want to remember and experience again.
A few years ago I had a historic pommy sporting car (1972 Reliant Scimitar) that went and handled very well. I really enjoyed driving it, particularly on winding hilly roads. Then the powers that be kept lowering the speed limits on those roads until I thought it only a matter of time before I got caught going quicker than THEY thought I should. So I sold it to remove the temptation.
So now if I want to drive something historic, I want to do so in something that represents what that car was all about when new. If I want to drive safely, comfortably, quietly and a quickly as I am allowed to (more or less!), I drive my wife’s current model Subaru.
Anyway, that’s what I think.
Best wishes and good luck with whatever you decide.