I'll echo the consisnsus here. Older = less thiongs to go wrong, but also statistically more likely to go wrong due to wear / abuse, unless you are buying an engine of known history.
I got a 1993 Suz 25 with my SR4. It ran fine 'till an electronic sensor packed in. Limped home at tickover. £150 for a new sensor.
I then got the humber with a Yam 55 (1978) which ran fine until the thermostat packed in. It was only then that I discovered the earth strap between leg & head had long broken. NEt result - solid leg / clamps etc with no corrosion, but the head had all but dissolved. (Stripped the thread in the holes for the 'stat cover screws using nowt but a helicoil - still in the insertion tool!
at that point I sold it for spares.)
The currnet Merc (mid 70s) ran fine until the spark advance stop screw let go. Total destruction. I decided that I had 2 options. Both about the same price. 1) buy another "runner" along with the risk, or 2) total rebuild. One total rebuild (rebored, new pistons, all rubber components replaced, new gaskets etc) later, I now have an engine of known history andequivalent to the last level of engineering change it was sold as. (i.e all the problems Clamshells were famous for should now be removed)
I know people having had to send new stuff back under warranty, so it's really all down to your personal risk assessement & confidence. Eitrhwer way, an aux is always useful!