When you think of Phoenix, you may still think of a rugged Wild West town. That attitude is hard-earned; born in 1867, it was a true desert settlement. In fact, when Maricopa County held its first elections in 1871, the Sheriff’s race was a close three-way contest until one candidate killed another and had to withdraw from the race. Needless to say, things have calmed down a bit since then.
Today, Phoenix is the sixth largest city in the U.S. As home to a number of international companies, professional sports franchises, and thanks to the dry desert air, some incredible cars. A quick Craigslist search turns up clean, well-preserved runners dating back as far as the 1930s — pretty impressive stuff, especially if you aren’t a native of the Southwest.
We all know that Craigslist is the place to find just about anything you want. Depending on the day, you may find skunk pelt purses, dinosaur poop, or that perfect vehicle you’ve been looking for. And to celebrate the rugged, unique attitude of Phoenix and its citizens, we decided to take a look at the most individualistic, do-it-yourself type of vehicles — those equipped with manual transmissions. While there were a great many to choose from, we thought these 10 show show Phoenix’s unique, iconoclastic automobile landscape.