YES, YES, MAL & VAL!!! It really was a beauty!
I was first spoiled with the '55 Buick hard top turquoise and white coupe (not sedan). Much later when I was married, one of the cars I really enjoyed was a Honda Civic hatchback with stick shift which I didn't get to keep very long. When my youngest daughter, a lefty, couldn't pass her driver's test twice, I had to give it up for a Mercury Tracer automatic shift. Such is life. ~Liz
Huh. That's weird. I'm a Southpaw myself. Learning to drive a stick, in Detroit, with a '69 Chevelle SS with the 396 engine and Holley 650 double-pumper carb., wasn't exactly the best move. Although the location was the biggest problem!
You could start off in 4th gear, if you wanted to. If you had it in reverse and romped on it; the rear wheels would hop. What was a drag was coming off a traffic light when the roads were wet. You had to slip the clutch like crazy to keep the car from going sideways.
Drove a stick once while stationed in Scotland, which means shifting with the left hand. Long story but ended up driving all night around the bay to get back to base.
Was back in Scotland in '98 and a guy said he heard I had done some driving when I was stationed there years ago. When I confirmed it, he tossed me the keys and directed me to some store. Once there I tossed him the keys and then he had me drive back. I don't know the road markings and asked him how many mistakes I made. I wasn't expecting "none" for an answer.
I came back to the 'States on a month's leave and held my hand out for the keys to the Chevelle. The engine's rumble was 'music to my ears'.
At the end of the street was a four lane road, two lanes each way. Amazingly, there wasn't a car on the road.
So, I turned left and am in the curb lane. My brother's squirming in the passenger seat. I looked at him like 'what's with you?' before looking forward again.
A half mile down the road's a traffic light which just had turned green. It was day time and something didn't look right. Looked closer and saw the front end of cars.
Oh, yeah. I've got to be on the other side of the road. The driver's door was along the curb. I was on the wrong side of the road! I corrected and had no problem. There wouldn't have been a problem if there had been some immediate traffic on the road, either.
An amusing tidbit to look back on.
Oh, if anyone has reason to paint one of these cars moving and from the front; there's an individual item you can add in for an additional 'tidbit'.
The back edge of the hood towards the firewall also scooped up a bit. Water from a rain storm would remain in place-as long as you were moving. Air pressure, of course.