It's not easy to buy manual cars these days as they're being phased out so rapidly. The older manual vehicles, 90s and back, had a very great feeling when rowing through the gears. The new cars don't give you that same feel at all.
There was definitely no comparing banging gears in a 80s vehicle. You felt like the work was being done, you felt the vibrations through the shifter and what not. The new ones feel too effortless and like nothing is happening.