looking for a convertible roadster with a standard transmission
Nice, enjoy the search. It's always the best part of owning a car.
You could try Ford Galaxie 500 or Mustang or ?, Chevrolet Corvette or Camaro or ?, Mazda Miata, AC Cobra, Mercedes Benz, Porsche Boxster or 911, Lamborghini Gallardo or ? I think the first question is easily answered and with each question answered it will provide you with a final answer of what to purchase. Question 1 - Roadster with manual trans (answered and there is plenty to choose from), Question 2 - What body style do you like (Old or New)?, Question 3 - What do you want to spend ?, Question 4 - Do you have time or the money to have a dealership do all the services ? (Are you willing to learn how to fix it if something goes wrong ?), Question 5 - Can you afford the higher taxes and car insurance ? Question 6 - Can you afford your new investment ?
Another question: Do you want a 2 seater or 4 seater convertible? This is an important consideration for many people looking for a 'vert. Make mine a 6 speed manual, 2 seater ONLY, with power hardtop, please = Why I bought and currently own an MX-5 Miata. A co-worker of mine wanted 4 seats, so she got a VW Eos roadster (definitely not my style, but a nice looking car). Oh yeah..another question: You want a standard rag top or power retractable hardtop?
Let me clarify things for further readers - A "Roadster" is a two (2) seat auto and a "Convertible" is a (4 plus) seat auto. Back in the 60's there was an aftermarket company that sold fiberglass removable body panels which a customer could use to convert their 4 seat Convertible into a 2 seat Roadster by means of covering up the back two seats. I have seen ads for the Galaxie 500, the Ford Thunderbird, the Ford Mustang, the Pontiac Firebird and the Chevrolet Camaro, but many people just used canvas with boat snaps. There may have been others but I don't know of them right now. Back in the 90's Dodge built the Dakota pickup as a roadster for awhile and I have owned one of Chevy's SSR's which was another Pickup roadster using a hard top convertible configuration. AUDI, MINI (new body), Panoz, CCR and Factory Five also make a Roadster with standard transmission.
Kathleen...If you can give us more information on your preferences, we could be MUCH more helpful to you in determining what might be best suited for you. i.e. sportscar (Nissan 350Z Roadster) or a "sporty" car (Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder...yes, I know these aren't made anymore, but are still available used).