Well, as you can see here Nigel's 105 Story, I ended up where I did through somewhat of a journey....Nigel, it sounds like you gave it even more thought than I have.
I'm afraid I like to do both! I'm frequently found in the garage just looking at it and I spend far too much time polishing and cleaning various bits. I do avoid driving it in wet weather but apart from that I drive it as much as I can. But it is my first classic Alfa, so hopefully I can be forgiven that....Once a car is properly sorted, I prefer to drive and enjoy it, rather than worship it.