@Logicfest -- People might say those older cars can take more of a beating, but I do believe that notion has been debunked many times over.
The thing about newer cars is that there is an incredible emphasis on safety. Seat belts, air bags, bumpers that absorb the brunt of a head on impact and, yes, subframes are all things that make cars safer than they used to be. I remember a 1955 Chevrolet Bel-Air that my parents had. It didn't have seat belts but did have a metal dash that could crack your skull open if you hit it in a crash.
Don't get me wrong. Those classic cars are great, but they don't hold a candle to the vehicles we drive these days when it comes to safety.