One of the Torque Drive 1969 cars passed through my hands during the early '90s. I only had it for a few weeks. It was, indeed a column shift and would have been fine to own and drive in an open area such as Montana or Wyoming. Here, in Los Angeles, it was a pain in the butt. It drove like what it was, a Powerglide that needed to be shifted through every gear change. In traffic, it sort of made one glad that it was only a two-speed. For me, there was none of the satisfaction associated with driving a 4-speed or even a manual 3-speed. Performance was on a par with a more typical 6 cylinder, Powerglide car. At the same time I had a very clean 6 cylinder, T350, console-equipped car that used the lower first gear ratio to good advantage. That car was infinitely more satisfying to drive. I know that Torque Drive was relatively rare and as such generates some curiosity but I was not sorry when it found a new home.