This is a 62 year old car. It's reliable, but it's no racecar. A Honda civic is literally better in every way: It's faster, corners better, gets better mileage, and most of all it brakes better.
Although it is outfitted with modern disc breaks you, I urge you to try and brake hard when you first start to drive to get the feeling of how much extra distance you need in all situations. Again, it's far from a race car, so please drive gently and enjoy the ride.
I have a small, one page guidebook on common issues or questions in the side pocket.