Commentary – Popularity of today’s paddle shifters reminds us the best place for gear shifting really is on the steering column.

1938 Delahaye gear shift lever b small

Once transmission shift linkages were developed in the 1920s, designers had freedom to place gear shift levers in more ergonomic positions. Here, a right-hand-drive 1938 Delahaye roadster features a 3-speed manual controlled by a small shifter at the end of a steering-column mounted stalk. (Photo credit: W. Smith)

Once transmission shift linkages were developed in the 1920s, designers had freedom to place gear shift levers in more ergonomic positions. Here, a right-hand-drive 1938 Delahaye roadster features a 3-speed manual controlled by a small shifter at the end of a steering-column mounted stalk. (Photo credit: W. Smith)

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