A recent newspaper article stated that car manufacturers who sell in the US will soon move to phase out "standard" (manual shift, stick shift) transmissions. Of all models sold here, only 27 per cent may be had with standard transmission. AND: Of all cars sold in the US, only 3 per cent are actually equipped with a standard shift transmission. Overdrive features, lock-in-gear features, electronic controls and improved manufacturing quality have wiped out any advantages that manual shift units may have had over automatics, plus you still have the work of changing the gears by hand. One group of hold-out buyer of manual shift transmissions: Putrid wanna-be gangster street racers. Reasonably, manufacturers don't want to keep tooling and parts on hand to make 3 per cent of their product.