When it comes to vintage cars, there are two camps of drivers—three-pedal aficionados and let-the-car-shift-itself cruisers. We want to know which transmission style is your favorite and, of course, why.
The automatic and manual options attract slightly different crowds, but each is simply a different means of accomplishing the same task—driving. It’s what we all love to do, but the experience of driving a manual transmission is very different than that of an automatic. For a boulevard cruiser, an automatic is a great means of multiplying torque. It allows easy driving so the driver can focus on looking cool rather than worrying about shifting gears. Automatics also have the upper hand on the dragstrip, where quick shifts keep E.T.s low. But manuals keep driver engagement high, and few things are as rewarding as mastering the balance of clutch release and throttle application. Hagerty even hosts events to teach young drivers the art of manual transmission operation.
Is it worth the argument with the shifter? (photo- Hagerty)
What is your preference? Two pedals or three? Let us know in the comments below.