• Nov 19, 2009
2011 Buick Regal live unveiling - Click above for high-res image gallery

Trivia Time: When was the last time a U.S. market Buick was available with a manual transmission? Honestly, we can't recall anything more recent than a buddy in high school having a hand-me-down mid-Eighties Somerset coupe with a stubby, workmanlike five-speed. Even back then its presence in our friend's hooptie was a genuine curiosity and a source of perpetual amusement.

Naturally, we posed this same question to a few Buick PR-types this morning at a first drive event upon learning from vehicle line executive Jim Federico that the reborn 2011 Regal will receive a six-speed manual transmission option (mated to a blown 2.0-liter four, no less). The answer? Shoulder shrugs and sheepish looks. Curiously, nobody even tried to answer our query with a red herring like the ill-fated Reatta coupe (it only came with a four-speed automatic).

So we now know when a Buick will next feature God's Own Gearbox (probably in the third quarter of 2010), but we still can't crack this historical chestnut – so we beseech thee, Autoblog Nation... what year was the last Buick built with a DIY transmission – and what car was it in? Hit us with your best shot in Comments.



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Another sign that the end is coming. Or hell is freezing over. Good for you Buick.

      • 5 Years Ago
      AB, the last Buick with a manual trans available was the 1989 Skyhawk.

      Also, if I needed a midsize car, I'd buy a 2.0T/6MT one of these in a heartbeat.

      Buick...please make a manual trans available in your upcoming Astra-based model. PLEASE. It'll be my next car if you do.
        • 5 Years Ago
        MikeF,

        I DID buy a one-year-only 2008 Saturn Astra. And I absolutely love it.

        If Buick offers a variant of the very pretty next-gen model with 3 pedals and a sunroof, it'll be mine. All mine.
        • 5 Years Ago
        +1000000000000000003, and offer a hatch

        I was extremely interested in the Saturn Astra, but my logical brain just won't let me buy a one year wonder
      • 5 Years Ago
      First Buick I've even been remotely interested in since the 80's GNX.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I thought you could get an '88-'90 w-body two-door Regal with the 2.8 and a manual...

      ... And 'll bet there were some concepts built of a Buick version of the Lumina Z34.


      And hey, off-topic, but is AutoBlog gonna receive the new Engadget's comment system? I float between AutoBlog, Engadget, Joystiq and Download Squad all the time, and it'd be nice if these sites used the same system... :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      1989 grand national
        • 5 Years Ago
        my bad
        • 5 Years Ago
        GN was auto, also RWD. As much as I'd love this to be a GN (black it out!) it's not really the same thing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey, I had an '83 Buick Skyhawk 4-door with a five speed manual. I special ordered it new with the manual trans. I deliveried pizzas in it and even autocrossed it a few times.

      It was back when all the GM car division had a version of the J-car. I beleive the manual transmission was sourced from Brazil.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Umm, why can't we get a Buick Grand National based off the Chevy Camaro?
      • 5 Years Ago
      if its anything like the 5 speed manual in the Sky, Solstice, Colorado, H3, I'd pass. It's like shifting a farm trackor.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would not be surprised if Open sources a Getrag on these bad boys
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh come on! I want a better looking, badass black two door version with a turbo-6, not that pansy 4-door grocery getter thing above.

      GM just doesn't want the Regal to be cooler than the Camaro. *tear*

      --RS
        • 5 Years Ago
        GM is giving us a good looking new sport sedan with the oh so rare manual transmission and you're complaining? What the hell is WRONG with you? Enthusiasts have been crying for more and getting less options for decades, so I think this is one of those moments where you should just say "Awesome! Thanks! Please continue the trend. Could you build 'X car' too?".
        • 5 Years Ago
        Correct me if I'm wrong but hasn't a 6 cylinder option been confirmed for model years produced after production starts in North America? And again correct me if I'm wrong but hasn't a performance trim level been rumored? If so, I'm sure the there will be a 6 cylinder MT option at some point soon.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would guess the manual is offered because the Regal is already sold in other markets where drivers want manuals (China). Minimal cost to offer it in the states because the design/engineering work has already been paid for.

      Let's see how easy it will be to actually find a Regal on a dealer lot with a manual.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why does it matter whether one is on the dealer lot? Just order the damn thing!
      • 5 Years Ago
      YES!!!!! This means i CAN chip the engine!!!! i knew the auto wouldnt be able to handle the power i wanted!!! :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Umm...not without replacing the injectors, fuel pump, and fuel rail...
        • 5 Years Ago
        No one said otherwise, the question was can he chip the car or would it rip through the tranny? Well, it sounds like the tranny has a little headroom.
        • 5 Years Ago
        GM has a tuning guide on how to take the supercharged 2.0 Ecotec up to north of 400HP using the the automatic transmission with some tweaks (for drag racing).
        • 5 Years Ago
        NICE!!! thanks for the info
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