save the manual

Seventy years ago, 70% of American-made cars came with a stick shift. 

The number is less than nine percent today.  

One man is on a quest to reverse that slide.

Eddie Alterman is the top editor at Car and Driver magazine.  He doesn't mind being called a gearhead.   His whole career, he’s watched the sales of cars with stick shifts decline.  And when Ferrari failed to offer a manual option for the new 458 Italia, he said, enough’s enough.  Basta. 

Alterman is going to do something about it, even if he has to convert people one by one.