Modern cars largely uninspiring. Proficient and efficient, yes. But involving, no.
I agree with your Porsche guy. The very stuff that made the cars, helped give them their reputation has been designed/engineered out. I'm not such a luddite that I long for the days of setting points gaps, but in gaining so much, we've lost some things, too. 100% with you there.
In another irony, these cars we love so much - from humble Alfa sedans or MGs, to an engineering tour de force like the 6.9, to up to the real exotica - are probably easier and less frustrating to own and run now than they were when new. Not only have our expectations of them changed, but so has access to information and parts.