I owned 2 english Ford Cortinas once,so you Brits could at least order a manual.They were good cars and ahead of their time in my opinion.I put over 200,000 mi. on the Cortina GT and it would whoop any VW I ever pulled up against.Only a 1900lb. car,but it rode fine and cornered great!Had two barrel carb.,hi-rise aluminum intake,racing cam,solid lifters,3:90 rear end,high compression pistons(190 lbs. compression),and racing 1500cc engine.Had a special heavy-duty 4-speed too.No plastic in that shifter! Ah! Those were my young days! So.....are you gonna buy that manual?Hmmmm?