Very Nice Car!
As far as starting,
that's the way it was back in the old days.
Pump the pedal about six or so times, start it up and wait a minute or two till it warms up enough to drive away.
That car should be good for 300,000 Miles at least.
Mine had 310,000 before it rusted to death, I gave it away and the new owner put another 50,000 on it.