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Crazy Fact: You Could Get a Ferrari California With a Manual Transmission

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author photo by Doug DeMuro April 2017

Here's something you may not have known: The Ferrari California was offered with a manual transmission. And I'm not referring to the 1960s Ferrari California, the one in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," that's worth forty zillion dollars. I mean the modern California, which came out in 2009.

The vast majority of California models used a dual-clutch automatic transmission, which was a novel feature at the time -- and, if I recall correctly, the California was the first Ferrari to use it. Of course, that made sense: The California was a car more suited to an automatic transmission, as it didn't quite have the serious performance capabilities of the brand's midengine models.

And yet, Ferrari offered a stick shift in the California. And, unsurprisingly, nobody got it.

Although actual numbers vary regarding how many manual California models are out there, one thing is abundantly clear: Nobody thinks there are more than a dozen in the U.S., and maybe in the entire world. I found one website that says there are only two right-hand-drive California models, and I found another that says there are five total. Some say nine. The actual number doesn't matter much, because the gist is this: They're incredibly rare.

Of course, if you've been following the exotic-car market recently, you probably know how this story goes next. The incredibly small handful of stick-shift California models are now worth enormous money, because the stick shift is currently on fire in the used market. In fact, a year ago, a stick-shift California sold for just under $450,000 -- or about $300,000 more than the market value of an automatic model -- just because it had three pedals and a central gear lever.

It's amazing -- and it'll be interesting to see what happens to the few stick-shift California models as they age. My guess: They won't be getting any cheaper.

Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.

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