I like seeing post-1948 cars and trucks "hot rodded". The arbitrary 1948 cutoff for "street rod" turned me off to rodding for a couple of decades. My first car was a 51 Chevy Fleetline. I thought it looked more like a late 30s/early 40s sedan than a 55-57 Chevy, yet it was past the 48 cutoff. Now, you see all kinds of 49-52 Chevys chopped and dropped like Cadzzilla.
Everybody loves their first car, but mine was great!