Thursday, April 30, 2015

Thursday Twister: Manual Only

Welcome back to another edition of DT's weekly quiz show, the Thursday Twister where we ask the questions that Katie Couric can't because she is choking on a peanut m&m.  This week's twister subject is to find the rarest of rare -- the crown prince of unicorns-- the cars built after 1990 that were only available with a manual transmission from the factory.



To be clear, we are looking for cars that were ONLY available with a manual gearbox since 1990 and sold in North America.  Sub models allowed, for instance, the above Subaru Impreza WRX STi is fine, because the 2nd generation Impreza WRX STi (2004-2007) was only available with a 6-speed manual (but you could get slushbox on the basic Impreza, or WRX).  No flappy paddles, or clutchless aberrations like the Saab autostick.  Gears, clutch, & shifter. 

 Standard twister rules are as follows: 

1. Only one car per comment (be sure to hit the refresh button on your browser before you post in case someone else has posted since you loaded the page).  Do not nest the replies, just reply to the main post -- if you reply to someone elses comment it should be in reference to his comment and not a new submission.

2. You can post again, but only after someone else posts another car.

3. The contest will end at Sunday, May 3rd, 4pm PST.

4. One submission per generation of each make/model.

5. Each car must be a running/driving car (no clay model prototypes) and at least two must have been built of that particular car (no one-offs.) 

6. No anonymous submissions -- pick a name with the Name/URL dropdown.

Ready...set...clutch! 


136 comments:

  1. Alfa 164S
    [img]http://i.imgur.com/SA1eQ8k.jpg[/img]

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  2. [img]http://www.cizetausa.com/cizeta/images/cizeta/2002_10_25_3_pics/1995_cizeta_moroder_v16-1_800px_vb.jpg[/img] You can still have one if you ask Mr. Zampolli nicely. Oh, and you have to write a REALLY big check, but apparently he's game to make more.

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    1. What *is* that? It looks like a 12 year old boy photoshopped the tail of a Testarossa onto the nose of a Diablo, circa 1990.

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    2. Cizeta V16. The designer, Marcello Gandini, is credited with the Miura and Countach and Stratos. The design for the Cizeta was based off the original design for the Diablo before Chrysler stepped in. And yes, those are FOUR pop-up headlights in the front.

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  3. Acura Integra Type R

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/3a5cHiE.jpg?1[/img]

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  4. Saab 9-3 Viggen
    [img]http://i.imgur.com/6sQw3Xs.jpg[/img]

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    1. Wonderful picture choice.

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    2. They *were* known for some serious torque steer, guess the driver of this one didn't have the forearms to handle it. :)

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    3. Sorry about the scratch, but that'll buff out bro

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  5. Anything svt other than the lightnings were offered with a clutch pedal only

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  6. To crib from an earlier feature this week, 1st gen CTS-V.

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  7. 2002 - 2004 R53 Mini Cooper S. No auto until 2005+

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    1. I'd add the Mini John Cooper Works GP to G's post, but he gets the cred in my opinion.

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  8. 2004 Passat W8 Sport wagon with a 6 Speed manual for sale 10k on Cl
    http://lasvegas.craigslist.org/cto/4961481814.html

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    1. Fleetwood T. BroughamApril 30, 2015 at 12:01 PM

      [img]http://i1.kym-cdn.com/entries/icons/original/000/000/045/n725075089_288918_2774.jpg[/img]

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    2. The Passat W8 was available (and the majority are fitted) with an automatic.

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  9. ^That Passat falls into the "Cars You Thought Were Automatic Only" category. Maybe a Twister for another day.
    Back on topic, 911 GT1 Strassenversion

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/QghJQDsl.jpg[/img]

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    1. Officer, that thing just swallowed my Porsche!

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  10. Honda Civic VX - I bought one in 1992 because it got 45-50MPG, about what my Jetta TDI gets now, and at 40 thought for some reason I needed to buy a sensible car for once. After taking the Honda on a 1000 mile trip the road noise and miserable seats killed me. Traded it in on a new Alfa 164 at 2.5X the price. In 5 years the Honda was worth more than the Alfa but it didn't matter.

    Points to Honda for choosing a name of a gas used by Aum Shinrikyo in assassinations in Tokyo in the mid 90s.

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    1. Ironically the '91-'97 Audi S4/S6 was available all over the world with an optional automatic transmission, but for the U.S. market it was only sold with a manual.

      Also, don't forget that every Quattro model ever made was a manual until the V8 was introduced. It remained the only Quattro model available with an automatic transmission (with the exception of the ROW S4/S6) until the A4 was introduced in '95.

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  12. mazda Speed 3 and Speed 6, Focus ST

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  13. The original B13 SR20DE Sentra SE-R.

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  14. Lotus Elan:
    [img]http://i48.tinypic.com/2wg6t0m.jpg[/img]

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    1. But haven't they been available with Eaton autoshift for like 15 years?

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  16. Cobalt SS SC and the much better turbo

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  17. I believe the 2013-14 Fiat Abarth's were manual only before this year. I've got one and it is freakin' comedic fun.

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  20. Still a lot of low-hanging fruit left! McLaren F1.

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    1. Yeah, I've got 15 more on my list right now.

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  21. Ferrari 550 Maranello (and the first couple years of 575M)

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    1. Download your very own Ferrari 550 workshop manual:

      http://ferraridiy.com/shop-manuals/550-manual/

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  22. There's at least five BMWs no one's posted yet...

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    1. And at least two fairly recent non-BMW DT feature cars.

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  23. Isn't it limited to cars sold only in North America? I don't think the Cizeta, 911 GT1 Strassenversion and McLaren F1 were ever (although they probably qualify under the 25 year rule now). I could be wrong - it does happen from time to time.

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    1. The McLaren definitely was

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    2. Under the show & display exemption?

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    3. No, there were a fair number on the road. A former boss of mine, who's gone on to greater fame since, flipped his into a ditch on the way to a VC pitch.

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    4. I went and looked it up and it was legal under show and display as is the 911 GT1, but not the Cizeta (at least its not on the list from 2011 of the NHSTA site:

      NHTSA Show & Display list


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    5. Interesting that in the dotcom days of yore I know of two that were pretty regularly used as daily drivers.

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    6. I believe the company that fedralized the F1 was a Ameritech. And the car in America was called the Ameritech F1 because of this.

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  24. I don't do Lambo and I'm out of V12s unless someone can turn up an Aston that didn't get flappy paddles early.

    So...on to the DT features.

    Dodge Spirit R/T

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  25. Was the Peugeot 405mi16 exclusively offered with a 5-speed manual?

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    1. Yes. Unfortunately, it was also offered exclusively with motorized seatbelts.

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  26. The other DT feature.

    Honda Civic Si, the one that came from the UK

    http://www.dailyturismo.com/2015/04/4k-hondas-other-hot-hatch-2004-honda.html

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  27. Now the BMWs, we'll start with the '95 S50US motor E36 M3

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  28. The clown shoe and M Roadster.

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  29. Dodge Caliber SRT4

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/OcclfXg.jpg[/img]

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  30. K2_Mystery Car beat me to it. The Neon ACR was a blast to drive. I had a 96.

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    1. I detest these cars. If I could just get rid of the exterior (I know they did) and the awful interior, I'd take the rest of the car in a hot second. That grumpy statement of opinion aside, these are fantastic cars and Anonynony is 100% correct. Still one of the best budget performance cars on the used market today. Again, IMO.

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  31. Porsche 964 Turbo (including the awesome Turbo 3.6)

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    1. Nada mucho amigo. On the automotive front, just picked up a beautiful red 1987 535is.....needs a suspension refresh and some brake work, but original paint, no rust, and not a ding on the body. Sadly the 2002 is going on the market this weekend. Wonderful car, but I never could make a connection with it----plus, the downside of owning a perfectly restored car is that there are no projects that need doing, and you worry yourself sick driving it anywhere that you have to park it. How you doin?

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    2. Everything is good here, now that the weather is nice again. Thank you for asking! Congrats on your new 5! That's awesome. I'm expecting a full DT writeup on it. Will you keep is stock height? Sorry to hear about your 2002, I hear your pain. Also destined for DT spotlight greatness?

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  32. Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 R-Spec

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  33. Z8

    Amazing how few of those you actually see on the road these days.

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  34. The 1991-1992 Mitsubishi Galant VR-4... total production of 3000 units made this homologation rare in the states...

    Here are a couple for sale..

    http://baltimore.craigslist.org/cto/4940563074.html

    http://lasvegas.craigslist.org/cto/4975639648.html

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  35. And for the last of my (probably not exhaustive) BMW list, amazed no one else posted it:

    E30 M3

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    1. I didn't post it because it came out in the mid 80's, and the contest was for 90+. I was assuming the cutoff was when the car was introduced, but that could be an overly strict interpretation.

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  36. And since your list wasn't exhaustive....... ;-)

    e36 M3 Lightweight

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    1. (and since it's North America, not just the US, you'd have to include the Canadian-market S50B30-powered '95 M3 too...and there's probably endless curiosities to be mined in the Mexican auto market if anyone knew enough about it.)

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  37. Kia Sportage base 1st Gen

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/kpmkLrD.jpg?1[/img]

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    1. You could get a 1st gen Sportage with an auto?

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    2. I believe you are actually correct, except in the first couple of years in the first gen on the base 2WD model - aka the JB72. The JA72s all offered optional automatics. Please correct me if you have proof otherwise!

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  38. '91 Isuzu Impulse RS Turbo

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    1. Me be lov'n me some r32!

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    1. Not that I'm a potential Veloster owner, but such are my low expectations of the Asian automakers these days that I had no clue whatsoever that something like this existed..

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    1. All cred goes to FTB but the 370Z, also.

      [img]http://i.imgur.com/YadlDnH.jpg?1[/img]

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    2. I know the 2015+ Nismo can be had with a 7AT. It's like the Abarth; Nissan wants to expand the appeal of their halo model.

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    3. I assume you're correct, whatever your name is. So let's say 2013 (at least) and before and call it a day.

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    4. There's quite a few like that, the slushbox or flappy-things come in after the car's been on the market a few years.

      Of the ones I've posted that applies to the SHO (which had a different engine with the automatic), the Ferrari 355, the E36 M3, and the Aero 8.

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    5. The 2015 370Z NISMO is available with a automatic transmission from the factory, the 2009-2014s were not.

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  42. Ferrari 355 (until the F1appy paddles in '97)

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    1. Ok, if we're going to play the Ferrari sub-model game, I'll throw in the 456 GT

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    3. To clarify my reading of the rules:

      a) Any vehicle for sale in 1990 or later, even if that model orginated before that year.
      b) Had to have been sold for at least one year in three-pedal-and-handle form.
      c) It's applicable ONLY for those years where it wasn't infected by slush or paddles.

      It can be a model that shared a bodyshell with another car (e.g. Taurus/SHO, 3-series/M3, Z8/Alpina Roadster) as long as it's both badged differently and sufficiently different mechanically (something like the Taurus MT-5, had it lived into the '90s, would not have qualified IMO 'cause its only mechanical differentiation from a base four-cylinder Taurus was the transmission.)

      The 355 situation is the same as the SHO, the E36 M3, . It was sold as stick-only for a while, and eventually the slushbox or flappy-paddle was added as an option later.

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    4. I'm not breaking it down to model year. If a generation of a car was stick only and then an automatic was released in subsequent years for the same model car, then that car was offered with an automatic, period....that's just the rules I'm playin by---no one else has to.

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    5. And I'll concede point A that you made---I was over-reading the rules.

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  43. Another judgment call: Ram SRT-10 standard-cab

    If you wanted an automatic you had to buy the extended-cab.

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    1. And when I say 'judgment call' - that means you're all more than welcome to shoot me down.

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    2. Nah, I like it---in 2004 you could only get the regular cab with a stick, so it is a nice blend of "our" readings of the rules. :-)

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    1. Where was the Moggie sold?

      I've got two more Morgans on my list but that wasn't one of 'em....

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  45. Okay, nearing the end of my first list and don't have time for more research so I'll bid a C5 Z06.

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  46. Bask in the glory that is the Hyundai Scoupe Turbo. BASK IT IN I SAID!

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/aLUTiQz.jpg?1[/img]

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  47. Alright, not prepared for anything better.

    Saleen S7

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  48. Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais Quad 442

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/k81qyPX.jpg?1[/img]

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  49. Chevrolet Beretta GTZ

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/zoVIyLV.jpg[/img]

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  50. Morgan Aero 8 (only 4.4 thru '07)

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    1. And I have now exhausted my original list

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    2. [img]http://ipocars.com/imgs/a/d/k/s/g/morgan__aero_8_2009_1_lgw.jpg[/img]

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  51. Mazda Protegé MP3

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/reT1WWC.jpg?1[/img]

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  52. A third DT feature: the Panoz Esperante

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  53. Nissan Altima SE-R

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/hcrG2cI.jpg?1[/img]

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    2. What years was the Altima SE-R stick-only? My recollection is that most of them were automatics.

      Kinda like the original Acura TL Type-S. It was a much better car with the stick (and the manual got you the Brembo brakes and LSD) but a depressing number of them were sold as automatics.

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    3. Cool. Scratch that one then. I've got a better one.

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    1. Probably stuck in that position. May need sildenafil.

      [img]http://i.imgur.com/OqxV24I.jpg?1[/img]

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  55. Why do I feel we left out an entire country worth automobiles (Russia)? Where are the LADA's, VOLGA's, ZIL's and the UAZ's.

    Those crazy Russian's!

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