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    Ford Patents Manual Transmission That Doesn’t Need a Clutch Pedal

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/enth...edgdhp&pc=U531

    At least for classic stangs, if you're using a manual trans, always want the clutch.
    As Jay Leno once said, "it's NOT a true muscle car if its not a manual shift car". Something like that.
    Agreed...

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    Ha Ha! Way back in the 70s when I was fresh out of college and not so well off financially I acquired a used VW beetle that had a stick shift but didn't have a clutch. When you pressed that stick down a little there was an electrical contact with a carbon brush that made contact and the vacuum operated clutch disengaged. You selected the gear desired then let go of the stick and it automatically raised and centered itself and the electrical contact was broken causing the clutch to engage.

    It was actually kind of interesting but I would have preferred a real clutch. I always thought that it was appropriate that this model of the beetle was officially known as the Volkswagen A.S.S. For Automatic Stick Shift!

    Nothing really new under the sun I guess. Thanks for posting (and for the memories).

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autostick
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    Yup, my dad had a few bugs, one was a "73, called "semi automatic ". As you said shift but no clutch

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