Big C, I can identify with you, Lance, Lynnetta and Sandlapper. I, too grew up in the 50's, 60's, & 70's ('guess it took me longer to mature than the average).
My parents were very creative and resourceful. They were skillful at refinishing, refurbishing & repurposing (one example: in 1967
they purchased a 1953
Flying Cloud, gutted it and created a fantastic camper in which our family took vacations throughout the U.S. until they got a "modern" 31 ft. Airstream in 1977; any one remember a Monomatic toilet?).
Anyway, I have inhierited an appreciation of the fact that new isn't always better. I enjoy some older autos, & my 1st Airstream was a nifty '51 Flying Cloud (in 1986). As a musician I prefer quality vintage instruments to most of the new ones.
I have found that those most appreciative of my tastes ARE the younger generation and the elderly. Those of my generation, generally, wonder what's wrong with me..."Why don't you just get a brand new one and throw it away when it gets old, then get another new one?"
I just have to smile and think, "If you have to ask...you just wouldn't understand."
So, yes, I enjoy the 'vintage' COOL, too.
Say, Hensbob, welcome to to the forum & the Airstream life! I presently have a 1969 and am in Iowa, too. 'Hope to see ya on the road or at a rally!