When I was in high school (I think), my Dad let me take his car to learn how to drive manual shift.
It was a little stressful because his clutch was short and I wasn't too good with balancing the clutch and gas...let's just say there was a LOT of peeling out and jerking.
Then in college, I worked part-time for a rent-a-car company. We used to shuttle the cars from the airport to various Waikiki hotels for guests to rent.
It was a fun job, driving different cars (big Lincolns, small Sentras, etc), some automatic, some manual.
The most challenging cars for me were the type that the seats would only move up so far, like Jeeps--I can remember having to sit at the very edge of the seat because my feet couldn't reach the pedals.
You may or may not know that I love the Mini Cooper...my first car was actually a manual shift Honda Civic, but I sold it before moving to Japan.
Anyway, we don't have a car here and don't plan to get one because public transportation is excellent, but if we were to get a car, it would be a Mini (with manual shift).
Here are some that I've oohed and aahed at on my walks.
This blue one was "hiding" behind a red Ford station wagon...I wonder how they got the car in there...
At first, this dark green Mini was hiding behind a big delivery truck. Luckily when I got closer, the truck was leaving.
A couple of feet away, this red Mini sits in an open parking area. I like how they have the British flags on the roof and side mirrors.
This blue mini was in a parking lot near the DIY store, I felt a bit funny going into the parking area, but am glad I got a shot of it.
If you could get any car, what kind would you want?