Engineers used to put three pedals into a few models that might surprise you.
The mountain of cars offered with a manual transmission has melted away like glacial cliffs. Think about it. If years ago we said that by 2020, Chevy's next Corvette would be mid-engine (which we totally did) and Toyota and BMW would revive the Supra you'd be excited. But if we told you they'ed use an automatic transmission exclusively? You'd probably cancel your subscription.
Manufacturers used to put stick shifts into anything they could touch with a hole saw, but that stopped when automatic transmission evolved into something good. Even the quickest cars of the last decade use some form of automatic shifting. However, when it comes to 20th-century performance cars, manual-equipped examples generally retain more of their value than automatic ones. Plus, a five- or six-speed stick of that era easily outperforms its three or four-speed slushbox alternative. These offerings aren't as obvious when you think of the manual-trans past.