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.