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On the other side of the equation you had things like the Chevrolet Torque Drive.



This was sort of the opposite to VW's autostick. In essence, it's a normal GM 2-Speed powerglide and still controlled through a standard column shift; but it lacks the solenoids and valve body required for shifting automatically..


At a stoplight, you dumped the column shift in first and moved it to second at about 30mph or so. You could of course start in Hi if the road was downhill and you were not in a hurry.
 

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On the other side of the equation you had things like the Chevrolet Torque Drive.



This was sort of the opposite to VW's autostick. In essence, it's a normal GM 2-Speed powerglide and still controlled through a standard column shift; but it lacks the solenoids and valve body required for shifting automatically..


At a stoplight, you dumped the column shift in first and moved it to second at about 30mph or so. You could of course start in Hi if the road was downhill and you were not in a hurry.
PUT IT IN H!
 

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On the other side of the equation you had things like the Chevrolet Torque Drive.



This was sort of the opposite to VW's autostick. In essence, it's a normal GM 2-Speed powerglide and still controlled through a standard column shift; but it lacks the solenoids and valve body required for shifting automatically..


At a stoplight, you dumped the column shift in first and moved it to second at about 30mph or so. You could of course start in Hi if the road was downhill and you were not in a hurry.
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Wasn‘t the Buick Dynaflow a manually shifted slushbox as well?
 

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VW's Autostick (and Porsche's Sportomatic) wasn't really an automatic. You got a normal manual gearbox with a mechanical gearstick in a normal H pattern. I say normal, but unlike a normal manual it had a P position.

Here's the weird part - between the engine and trans you had a clutch AND a torque converter. The torque converter allowed you to drive it in traffic like an automatic.
That reminds me of the early 80's RWD Mitsubishi Galant 2.3 Turbo diesel. Manual transmission with a torque converter and a parking position. They also made the twin stick Colt during the same years...

 
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Did all these manufacturers develop these independently or was there a particularly pushy supplier that sold it to multiple companies? Feels like a lot of R&D time and attention into what turned out to be a dead-end technology. See also: Saab Sensonic.
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Did all these manufacturers develop these independently or was there a particularly pushy supplier that sold it to multiple companies? Feels like a lot of R&D time and attention into what turned out to be a dead-end technology. See also: Saab Sensonic.
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I think it was independent development as the idea of a clutchless manual has been done many times but in many different ways over the past 70 years.
 
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