I was thinking of the fact I insist on a manual transmission in my cars (those outside the US may not realize how hard it can be to even FIND one here when car shopping) and like film cameras that are either all manual or at least have full manual over rides.

I bought a car in Dec. 2010. Because I insisted on the manual transmission and a few other, much more common, options, the local dealer had to get one for me from a dealer in Florida.