Hooniverse Asks- What Car Has The Coolest Factory Gear Shift?

//Hooniverse Asks- What Car Has The Coolest Factory Gear Shift?

Hooniverse Asks- What Car Has The Coolest Factory Gear Shift?

The tactile aspects of your car – the parts you interact with intimately -can influence your opinion of the vehicle as a whole, either for the good or the bad. Seating surfaces, the steering wheel rim, even the give of the surface where you might brace an elbow, all can make the difference between enjoying the environs, and feeling either frustrated, or creeped out, at their touch.
One ergonomic aspect of a car, and one that seems to have occasionally seen the results of creative license run amok, is the shifter. It’s a part of the car you must touch if you want to move, and some cars make that a more agreeable action than do others. Whether automatic or stick, car makers seem to like to make that interaction be a memorable one. Sometimes it’s totally forgettable – like either Prius or BMW 7-series pinkie finger of a knob that sends a signal to some mechanism that somehow tells the car to go forward or reverse. Others, like the pistol grip in the Plymouth ‘Cuda, not only make each shift an event, but call out the driver in a challenge of worthiness for even attempting the act.
In between there’s the plethora of cookie cutter column shifts and plastic-topped black metal shafts intended to row through the gears in institutional fashion, but there are also some shifters – like the ‘Cuda’s – around which you can wrap your hands that can make each gear change an event. Which one do you think is the coolest?

Image source: [Jims59.com]

By |2011-10-03T07:00:12+00:00October 3rd, 2011|Hooniverse Asks|36 Comments

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  1. SSurfer321 October 3, 2011 at 7:08 am - Reply
    • Number_Six October 3, 2011 at 7:29 am - Reply

      Too bad North America is cheated out of the proper Captain Nemo steering wheel.

  2. muthalovin October 3, 2011 at 7:22 am - Reply
    • JayP October 3, 2011 at 7:39 am - Reply

      If it were just a little taller. The shortshift kits come with little stubby sticks.
      The V6 and GT come with shifters that look at home in a Honda hatchback. That was the first mod on my GT- big tall HURST stick with a big white HURST ball on top.
      No. I am not making up for any inadequacies.

    • Number_Six October 3, 2011 at 7:41 am - Reply

      And it's made by a billiards ball manufacturer!

  3. Number_Six October 3, 2011 at 7:27 am - Reply

    There are certainly cooler-looking shifters but you can't beat the clack-clack goodness of a cocaine-fuelled 80's Ferarri.
    <img src="http://www.motorcars-intl.com/images/Ferrari/512TR/505_M-4082/full/Ferrari_512TR_24.jpg&quot; width="500" />

    • yayMX5 October 8, 2011 at 2:31 pm - Reply

      love the dogleg pattern too.

  4. Tanshanomi October 3, 2011 at 7:46 am - Reply
    • yayMX5 October 8, 2011 at 2:34 pm - Reply

      I wonder why split axles aren't more popular in cars. It'd be way for the currently eco-crazed car market to have its cake and eat it too. Having two final drive ratio options is so much better than that dumb "ECO" mode that makes the throttle fight back when you stomp on it.

    • medwards October 3, 2011 at 8:33 am - Reply

      I remember WAY back in kindergarten some kid's older cousin had one of these. "Oh yeah, my cousin's car is so awesome, it has 3 shifters!" Of course, we didn't know what they were for.

  5. buzzboy7 October 3, 2011 at 8:14 am - Reply

    first place factory
    <img src="http://farm1.static.flickr.com/87/232988827_7896505217.jpg"&gt;
    first place non-factory
    <img src="http://www.4btswaps.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=9326&d=1290825357&quot; width="600">
    Of course your expedition needs a 4bt and a 5 speed!

  6. ptschett October 3, 2011 at 8:49 am - Reply

    <img src="http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab40/ptschett/Challenger/DSC03909.jpg&quot; width="500"/>
    The Challenger's is pretty nice.

    • Maymar October 3, 2011 at 1:42 pm - Reply

      The moment I saw the post's header image, I knew the new pistol grip shifter would be brought up. I might've also suspected you.

    • Cynic October 5, 2011 at 7:00 am - Reply

      The unfortunate implications of the shifter aside (durhur I'm using a gun), the whole "pistol grip" shifter thing just makes the shifter look like a penis.

  7. Devin October 3, 2011 at 8:53 am - Reply

    <img src="http://www.carlustblog.com/images/2008/03/14/subaruxt3.jpg"&gt;
    The Subaru XT and its sweet flight stick has to count for something.

    • Zach October 3, 2011 at 10:07 am - Reply

      This one.

    • ptschett October 3, 2011 at 10:42 am - Reply

      I dig the steering wheel too. It out-weirds a lot of weird French cars.

  8. OA5599 October 3, 2011 at 9:16 am - Reply

    Since my E-body pistol grip has already been named, how about the Tucker's shifter?
    <img src="http://www.laubly.com/TUCKER/Tucker10.jpg&quot; width=500>

  9. Tomsk October 3, 2011 at 9:39 am - Reply

    Definitely the Volvo S60R/V70R's spaceball.
    <img src="http://image.europeancarweb.com/f/8636744+w750+st0/0308_04z+2003_volvo_s60_r+shift_stick_view.jpg&quot; width="500" />

  10. pj134 October 3, 2011 at 9:45 am - Reply

    The RX8's homage to the rotary is kind of awesome.

    • chrystlubitshi October 4, 2011 at 6:31 am - Reply

      I love how mazda worked soft triangles in to every aspect of that car they could sneak them in to.

      • pj134 October 4, 2011 at 6:44 am - Reply

        It fits your hand just perfectly too.

        • chrystlubitshi October 4, 2011 at 7:13 am - Reply

          hehehe… I'm sure that's something that the research and development engineers thought too… they might have been very familiar with that feeling… wink wink, nod-nod, no what I mean?

          • pj134 October 4, 2011 at 7:17 am

            … HEY, THIS GUYS INFERRING MASTURBATION!! That is quite immature.Hehe, penis.

          • chrystlubitshi October 4, 2011 at 7:37 am

            shhhhhh, don't use the M-word or the P-word or this post will get tagged as NSFW….
            we don't want that now, do we?, son? *backhands imaginary child* that wouldn't be proper. **
            **chrystlubitshi does not approve of child-beating, regardless of gender, also does not approve of… umm some other stuff too

          • pj134 October 4, 2011 at 7:51 am

            It is inevitable when speaking of knobs. Should I start posting pictures of a certain drifter/ricer trend?

  11. mr. mzs zsm msz esq October 3, 2011 at 10:17 am - Reply

    <img src="http://farm1.static.flickr.com/22/34761310_85bb7fe7a3.jpg&quot; width="500"> Wow it's hard to find a good picture of these, but I like the pudding mixer in my Amazon though the knob is wooden on mine. It's just so ridiculously long and it moves right as you accelerate.

    • Pellematt October 5, 2011 at 8:39 am - Reply

      AWW , remember the trembling to your thigh when in second gear !!! And as a young swedish guy you could use gear-shift move on your first dates…there´s the trembling on your thigh again…

  12. tonyola October 3, 2011 at 10:28 am - Reply

    The Hudson Electric Hand (their name for a semi-automatic in the 1930s). Is that a great name or what?
    <img src="http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2010/12/05/automobiles/SIDE-2/SIDE-2-popup.jpg&quot; width=500>

  13. vwminispeedster October 3, 2011 at 10:45 am - Reply

    The 2CV, DS and SM shifters from Citroen make me swoon.

  14. scroggzilla October 3, 2011 at 11:07 am - Reply

    Ford GT 40…..looks like a big toggle switch
    <img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5302/5581108892_a01df1079a.jpg&quot; width="500" height="330" alt="66 daytona 24hrs bruce mclaren">

  15. straight6 October 3, 2011 at 2:49 pm - Reply
  16. Mad_Hungarian October 3, 2011 at 6:53 pm - Reply

    The award for the most unobtrusive, shy and retiring gear shift has to go to the 1960-64 automatic Corvair.<img src="http://gallery.carphotos.org/data/572/medium/1963-corvair-monza_convertible_interior_view.jpg"&gt;

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