[Drawing from Wickipedia]
This story at FutureLawyer sbout eliminating car theft by having manual transmissions in all cars brought both a smile and a lot of memories. My father was a strong believer that you should learn how to drive a manual transmission and so my first driving lessons were in a 1952 Dodge pick-up truck with a long stick shift that rose from the floor. I felt like Tom Joad whenever I drove the monster but it was good training for later life when I owned a VW Beetle and a Nissan 300ZX with stick shifts.
Out of all of them, the VW was the easiest to drive although Bill Cosby. whose star has faded, once had a humorous routine about the challenges of driving a VW with a stick shift on the hills of San Francisco. That would be memorable.