The Ten Most Beautiful Gearshifters Ever Made

Your feet are on the pedals, your hands are mostly on the steering wheel, but the greatest way to connect with your car is through a nice shifter, and these ten are the most beautiful.

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10.) Pagani Huayra

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Producing that part alone from billet aluminum probably takes longer than building a complete car on a standard assembly line.

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9.) Volvo S60R Spaceball

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While it looks cool, the optional spaceball gearbox gets better once you replaced that plastic with a traditional leather shifter boot. designerbation likes it though:

Love the spaceball. 1st gen R owners found out the painted surround was aluminum. I painted mine body color and brushed the surround :)

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8.) Mopar Pistol Grip

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America's weapon of choice.

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7.) Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR

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Talk about short shifting...

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6.) DeLorean DMC-12

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Most DeLoreans came with a sluggish three-speed automatic, but those who went for the five-speed manual didn't regret it as it made that famously underpowered V6 much more lively. Simplicity at its best.

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5.) Audi R8

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Look at that massive piece of heavy metal! It will give you more satisfaction than any sort of Lamborghini shifter, but look at it good because it's also pretty much gone thanks to a certain Lamborghini shifter.

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4.) Delahaye Column Shifters

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Delahaye used these for at least two decades. Old-fashioned and as classy as a shifter can get. It also improves legroom, so it's a win-win!

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3.) Porsche 917

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Everything was cut out from the Porsche 917 for lightness. They even drilled holes into the keys. The wooden shift knob was layered Balsa, and wonderful.

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2.) Spyker C8

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We really hope Spyker can fork up enough money, because we need these shifters in our lives, and you do too.

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1.) Ferrari F355

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Paddle shifters are faster and more efficient. But this is art.

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DISCUSSION

bobbybollocks
Bobbybollocks

Not only did it connect to the best gearbox in the world, it was perfectly non-nonsense get-the-job-done in design. Most importantly it wasn't a stupid ball, it was a stick. You held the side of it with your arm on the tunnel so it was stick shaped and palm sized to get the job done.