Yes, they are quite rare with a manual. You couldn't even get a manual with the 350, you had to settle for a 305 if you wanted to row your own gears. Had they offered a 350, 5-speed equipped 1LE, that would've been pretty killer. And yes, they really do handle pretty well for the era.
@Tcoradeschi How so? RADwood is huge, the TV show Stranger Things is a total 80s nostalgia fest, the videogame Call of Duty Cold War plays on the 80s theme. We could go further if you like. I think that the statement is pretty factual.
Guess I'm just an old pharte:-) Not familiar with either the TV show or the video game (at least I've heard of the video game). From a cars perspective, not quite as crappy as the 70s were, but...
I own a 1986 Trans Am from new with only 45K original
miles . I have to agree with you, every summer I take it out, I get thumbs up from kids walking across the street or even tuners going the opposite way. Every time I take it out, get the old 80's tunes playing on the stereo and I am 18 again! Sure, I could go and get a 700 hp car, but there is no history or memories. There are things in life, money can't buy. I have had offers, but I am still having too much fun.