My friend, nothing could be firmer then my 1957 Ford, with NO POWER STEERING.The steering is also noticable - it is much firmer. I could see older folks not liking it as much as it required more effort, but I really like it!
In fact, all the cars I used when I learned to drive, had manual steering. Of course I had the same result when my wife didn't pay attention to the check power steering fluid on our CTS. Don't Ask what that repair cost.