Tag Archives: Stick Shift

Disposable Sports Sedan #1: 1991 Alfa Romeo 164

1991 164 - 1

Poking around BaseFook the other day, one of the ads from which they thought I would derive tremendous value from was a t-shirt for The Manual Gearbox Preservation Society. “Pfft!” I thought, hating the fact that technology thinks it knows me better than I know myself. Then I started thinking that maybe the Interwebs were onto something. We’ve talked before about the gradual disappearance of the stick shift, and there’s no denying its days are numbered. So I took it upon myself to poke around looking at assorted manual cars that 1) I’d be stupid enough to buy, and 2) wouldn’t break the bank. Enter the Alfa 164, and this solid example located in Tulsa, OK for a paltry $2,500.

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Lamenting the Demise of Two Old Friends: Farewell to the Station Wagon and the Stick Shift

What we have here are two endangered species – in the United States, anyway.  We are gathered here today to bid a fond farewell to the Station Wagon and the manual transmission – at least as far as their place in the world of conventional automotivedom.  Premature, you say?  I beg to differ.


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