Add me to the list of those who LOVE driving a 'three on the tree' as well! I've had a few 70s era pickups with that configuration, and a couple older cars as well. My current ride (55 Chevy) has a column-shifted three speed and it's SO nice to drive! It shifts smooth and easy, and I always liked three speed manual transmissions...you don't find yourself rowing through the gears (as with my 5 speed daily driver), you get into third pretty quick and stay there. Slowing for a turn or traffic, you downshift to second, then it's right back to third. First only comes into play from a complete stop. Gonna be tempting to keep the three on the tree when this car gets a V8 upgrade someday!