So, I ride my '86 Trek Elance (sport bike with Reynolds 531 frame) to work everyday. Set up as a nice commuter (so, not a purist classic): wheels I built, 9 speed ultegra shifters, fenders, old brooks saddle, gatorskin tires, big commuting SRAM cassette, spd/platform pedals, rack, lights, and a bell. Most of my coworkers recognize me as a cyclist, will pick the bike up, and, I think, are a little surprised that an apparently avid cyclist would be riding a 25 year old steel bike. Today, a co-worker/ex-patriate from Australia visited our office. I found him admiring my bike, he commented on it, its build, and how similar it was to a Raleigh he had that he had ridden across Europe. He was excited to see the build. Refreshing... he could tell exactly what I had put together, piece by piece, over the last few years.
Most folks at my job don't seem to notice that I ride in every day on a 40-year old fancy Italian bike. The folks on the after-work group ride do, though. Most are just amazed that I can keep up on a steel bike with fenders. Some have commented that they appreciate the old style -- it's nice to hear.