R107 Mercedes SL– The R107 SL, better known in the U.S. as the 350/450/380/560SL, was never offered in the U.S. with a manual transmission. It was however, sold throughout the rest of the world with a manual box. Given the Deutsche Mark’s sorry state in the early to mid-1980s, a huge number of gray market European SLs were privately imported to the U.S. Most often, the R 107 280SL (not to be confused with the earlier 1968-71 Pagoda-roof cars of the same name), of the late 1970s through the 1980s, came with a 2.8-L DOHC straight six. It was a decent performer and those cars that were not fully federalized (blessedly left with small bumpers and Euro-spec square headlights) look fantastic.
Jaguar XJS– Jaguar pretty much gave up on the manual transmission after the E-type (although the new six-cylinder F-type manual is an amusing anachronism). But briefly, during the early 1990s, you could get a Getrag five-speed with the 3.6-L six-cylinder XJS. Very few of these cars were sold in the ...
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