Automatic transmission? Manual transmission? Pfffft, what you really need, to get the full genuine experience, is a vehicle having a transmission without synchromesh. Anything else is just namby-pamby, feeble imitation.


(Yes, I have driven a hell of a lot of thousands of km's without a synchro box. You have nice things to remember like needing verrrrrry slightly more revs to change gear (with double-declutching too of course) when going downhill, because the vehicle doesn't slow down momentarily when taking the extra time to go out of, then in to, gear - not in the same way it behaves on the flat. I suppose these things equate to wet-plate, or Dageurrotypes or something?? )