I know that feeling you're talking about. My dad has a '65 Coronet and it's not even completed yet and it still gets comments from older men when I'm out driving in it.
I live in northeast Tennessee, and it's mountainous here so we do get a couple of big snowfalls, 4 inches or more, every winter. But what's worse is that at the first sign of snow or freezing rain they salt the heck out of the roads, but only the city roads and main county roads. If you live in the mountains or extreme rural areas that are flat, you get no salt but the ice stays on the roads until the temps go above freezing for 2 or 3 days in a row with sunshine, otherwise it stays frozen solid. My mother in law lives in Butler and it's not uncommon to have her road frozen solid for weeks at a time. And that's a major pain in the a$$ when she lives on the side of a mountain on a twisty and narrow road.
I know there's this peception that the south never gets snow, but we do here, and (what we feel like) plenty of it. The bordering mountains of VA and NC are worse because they're a higher elevation, and there are even more remote areas. I know it's nothing like what's seen in the rust belt, but it is something we have to deal with. I guess the analogy of the pinhole of rust to dimehole, to quarter would apply here in two year increments instead of one.
And don't get me started about tree sap. It almost ruined my wife's old Stratus R/T coupe one spring, and when she takes her Liberty to her mom's I usually spend the next evening washing and polishing it to remove that junk.
Personally I've always wanted to live in AZ or somewhere southwest. Just never got up the guts to leave my family, then I became married with children and now it probably won't happen until I retire.