Once I was at a rental car outlet in Europe when the guy at the counter said “I’m sorry but I have no cars you can drive.”When I was shopping roadsters back in '01, the number of Z3s and Boxsters I saw on dealer lots with slushboxes was positively appalling. A Miata with an automatic transmission makes about as much sense as a fishnet umbrella. I was gratified to see that Honda did not deign to offer one on the drive-it-like-you-stole-it S2000.
I wasn’t too sure about the local language so this confused me. (His lot was full of little puddle jumper cars.) He explained “We are out of cars with American transmission”.
“What the heck is ‘American Transmission’?” I asked.
His English wasn’t that great but he managed to say “The cars that shift for you. The ones Americans need.”
I almost died of shame.
Thursday, February 09, 2012
QotD: Four-Wheeled Novocaine Edition
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