Gears, On Demand

Found: 5 Very Different Manual-Transmission Cars Made for Summer Shifting


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Editor’s Note: We love scouring the internet for reasons to spend money we don’t have on cars we daydream about owning, and these are our picks this week. All prices listed are bid amounts at the time of publishing.

A couple things to note here. For one, the Ferrari 456GT is one of the sexiest coupes to ever exist. Additionally, in 90 percent of all scenarios, a manual-transmission car offers a fundamentally better driving experience than an automatic. (Also, while we’re at it, Jurassic Park is one of the top five most important films of all time.) Now, if you don’t agree with those statements, you aren’t necessarily wrong — but you do have bad opinions. Below, five vehicles you should bid on now so that you might choose your own cogs later. Happy bidding.

1995 Ferrari 456GT 6-Speed

Never mind that Nic Cage drove one in Family Man, the formulaic Christmas movie in which Cage roars through Manhattan singing opera. The 456 has such a ’90s shape that you can’t help but want. Regular maintenance, a rumbly exhaust, 550 Maranello wheels and a premium stereo that, yes, will play opera very nicely. The original Canna di Fucile paintwork is partially updated to correct for chips and normal use. Small interior faults aside — like disconnected airbags and a quizzical suspension warning light — what a lovely display case for that beautiful gated shift mechanism.

Mileage: 80,560 miles
Location: Windsor, Connecticut

1960 Jaguar MK 2 3.8 4-Speed with Overdrive

A four-speed transmission with electric overdrive connects this Jag’s smooth-as-velvet straight-six to the rear axle. It’s been owned by collectors and “used sparingly,” “refreshed” within the last decade or so; plus, it now features an updated rack and pinion steering setup. And, almost as good as the stick shift: that rich red leather interior.

Mileage: 65,000 miles
Location: Edmonton, Alberta Canada

1981 DeLorean DMC-12 5-Speed

You’ll notice there was no movie reference in the Jaguar description. That’s because the Delorean is a movie reference. The current seller purchased the car two years ago from the original owner and is said to have invested $35K in a pretty complete overhaul. An Arizona car with what is said to be flawless stainless steel body panels and, of course, totally functional gullwing doors.

Mileage: 20,151 miles
Location: Gilbert, Arizona

1990 Suzuki Every 4WD 5-Speed

Imported last year from Japan, this cute little 4×4 van gets its thrust from a tiny straight three-cylinder. It’s a cargo model, meaning there are no rear seats, but the front captain’s chairs are light blue, so it’s got that going for it. And we’ll always be fans of an accordion-style shifter boot.

Mileage: ~50,400 miles
Location: Silver Spring, Maryland

2006 Porsche Cayman S 6-Speed

This Cayman S’s original sticker price was $73,740, and the car features a plethora of fun options like upgraded infotainment, wheels and wheel spacers, and the Sport Chrono Pack. The car has been fully serviced and “remains mechanically stock,” including myriad replacement parts (flywheel, clutch, etc.). Moreover, the ad claims that Atlas Grey is a rare colorway for this model.

Mileage: 87,776 miles
Location: Pawling, New York