Row, row, row your own: Cars for enthusiasts and bargain basement shoppers
Every time we cover enthusiast cars that are automatic-only (an oxymoron in some minds), the comments light up with complaints about the death of the manual gearbox.
Sadly, the pool of cars offered with three pedals and a stick is shrinking. Still, that doesn't mean enthusiasts are completely stuck. According to our showroom data (provided by industry data service Glass's Guide), almost 400 cars are still offered with a clutch pedal.
Sure, the table below includes variants within model lines, and there are some discontinued cars on the list – but some can still be hunted down in dealer stock: the Holden Spark and HSV GTS-R can both be found in the classifieds as new cars with negligible mileage, for example.
Speaking of classifieds data, there's apparently also still one new Suzuki APV in the country... If you're quick, it could be yours for the low, low price of $18,990.
The Audi TT in 2.0 TFSI trim can be ordered with a six-speeder, but the only Mercedes-Benz you'll find with three pedals is a commercial vehicle. Sorry, no A45 AMG manual – they don't sell them like that in Germany, either.
At the other end of the spectrum, Haval offers the H2 with a six-speed manual transmission, and you can still buy a front-wheel drive Holden Captiva with a stick. You could even have a Range Rover Evoque Td4 Pure with a six-speed. Why you'd want to is beyond us, though.
The best-served buyers are, predictably, enthusiasts – even if that number is dropping off (hello, new Polo GTI). Hot hatches like the Golf GTI and Hyundai i30 N are offered with a clutch pedal, and those with the means to buy a Porsche 718 or 911 are looked after. Jaguar has made manuals a priority with the F-Type, and the Morgan 3-Wheeler isn't offered as an automatic at all, robbing it of potential market share.
Check out the full list below. Let us know what you'd like to see with a manual, and which once-upon-a-time manual models you miss the most.