Computers in cars allow for vastly improved emissions, fuel economy, and safety. Fact is, there are only so many things you can do mechanically...having a chip with just 100 preset actions combined with almost ANY true fuel injection (sit down, cross fire) is far superior to what a carb can do. But I can tune my carb with a deft hand, a good ear, and a screw driver. Is lose/gain. Me? I can only afford stuff I can fix myself. Hence my hesitation to step up to a newer vette. I want one...but...I'm nervous about getting something I can't easily fix myself. I've thought about doing a 383 Porsche 944...and I might do one someday. But till then, my old girl will have to be fast enough, and honestly, it is.
But it has no antilock breaks, no airbags, no crumple zones,etc. I put in a 4 point roll bar, and 5 point harness, both required for street prepared class, with a convert able/t top car...
It gets about 15mpg, but only makes about 400hp, maybe a tad less depending on the dyno. I shutter to think of it's emissions.
But, it does exactly what I tell it to, everytime. No traction control, that's what left foot braking is for. No engine management, no computers, nothing. Personally, I think everyone should drive a car like that at some point in their lives.