This car originally had manual brakes. I like the manual brakes a lot. Decades ago back when I was racing the Fire Am it was much easier to modulate the brakes on the threshold of lock-up without any power assist. If you have enough leg strength to lock up the brakes there really is no technical reason to have power assist. As to the Wilwood brakes, as others have also stated, they are mostly just eye candy although they are lighter Vs the cast iron OEM calipers. There is nothing wrong with the OEM calipers, they do the job on the street and do it well. Any real-world improvement in braking performance is mostly a function of the pad compound and not the Wilwood calipers. I went with the Wilwoods mostly for the look when I upgraded from the OEM 15x8 WS6 Snowflakes to the 17x9 Yearone Snowflakes and also to slighty compensate for the heavier wheel-tire combination Vs the 15x8 Snowflakes. Also replaced the 40+ year old SS braided hoses with Wilwood hoses. Very happy with the performance and the looks of both the 17x9s Snowflakes and the Wilwoods. I would do it again. Worth the money? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. You may have other upgrade priorities.