I would have to say mid 90’s is when they started disappearing. About the time urban sprawl got out of control. The car I have now is actually my first auto. I miss the connection that a manual gives. Being a mechanic you actually realize how manuals are still out there. Now with the onset of semi autos and slap shifters it makes manuals obsolete. Let’s face it, the world is getting lazier and to much involved with electronic multi tasking. Besides if you have one hand on the wheel and the other texting…..then how does one shift?