To summarize, because of BMC I became car guy that can read a wire diagram, rebuild mechanical stuff (starters to 14 to 1 motors) and do bodywork, I guess you could say that I am permanently damaged:)
Kinda like my experience w/ the first car I ever bought -- a 1973 Renault R12. By the time I got done, I'd wrecked it (well, the E brake gave out and it rolled down the hill) and fixed it and repainted it. I replaced the starter. And exhaust. And trans. And come to think of it, I did have to get out and adjust the timing every morning by twisting the dizzy. And then there were the door latches, which needed tightening every week or so. Not to mention the water that, from time to time in a rain storm, would pour on the passenger's feet. Oh, and I had to replace the windshield. Got pulled over for the loud exhaust on the way to get it fixed (serious!) and another time 'cause the tail lights didn't work. Horn -- horn didn't work at first either, not that it mattered on a Renault.
Of the 2 years I had it, it was on the road maybe 10 months. But when I got done, I could read manuals, work on cars that no one local knew how to fix (or had parts for), and had a good set of tools.
I found one a few years back, still on the road, in Mexico. Since I was part of a church group, the locals wouldn't exactly translate for me what the owner said about it.
So, for a write-in candidacy, let me suggest "Renault."