Your experience seems pretty similar to mine. I ran bangers for many years, started with an Austin A40. That era was a pleasure to work on aside from the rust.
Seems like a lot of the discussion here is circulating around older cars but not one's old enough to be classic just yet. I ran a G Wagon 460 and 2 R4's repairing them in the street for about 20 years they still wouldn't be classic for a few years.
I think the point that a lot of people would struggle to do the school run in a morris minor is fair enough. I did when I went to school, one day one of the kids in the back lent on the door handle, door opened and they fell out. Fortunately no one was hurt!
I do still run a 43 year old motorbike.