pleased you auto lovers like your autos. our two daily BMWs are both 8 speed autos and its really a fantastic gearbox and well suited to cruising and day to day drudge driving.
I drive my classics for fun and feel the auto in my stag spoils an excellent car, I'm contemplating the ZF conversion but at just under £4k its a tad expensive. The auto sprint I test drove just didn't feel right as part of the enjoyment of driving a sporty saloon is stirring the middle stick and getting the most out of the clutch.
My 2 daily Cavaliers are both autos, still plenty quick enough (even if only 4 speeders with sport mode) and return up to 40MPG at a motorway cruising speed. I have the Carledo for fun, built with fast road and occasional trackdays in mind, with firm ride, 135ish BHP on tap and only 760kg to drag around with it, the 5 speed manual box is a joy on A and B roads. But if you actually want to GO somewhere, say 150 miles away, the more relaxed auto is the way to go! When my Sprint is finished, the Cavs will be sold and THAT will be my main car!