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Viscerally Mundane Unicorn Alert! UPDATED With Statistics!

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I think this manual 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe might just be one of the rarest ordinary cars I can think of. The coupes sold in absolutely tiny numbers and this one has a 6 speed! Not to mention it is painted a shade of red seldom found on these cars.

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You’d have to have been a bit strange to buy one of these. First off, you’d have to know it existed, and that’s no small feat. Then, you’d have to have been willing to buy a midtrim economy coupe with three pedals.

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Wow, that interior has not aged well at all. It’s ok until you get to that mess of buttons in the center stack. The low pixel density backlit-blue screens aren’t very appealing 7 years later.

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And if I’m being honest, the rest of the interior is pretty grungy looking as well. The bleh gray seats are at least counterbalanced by an interesting two tone dash.

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The price to own this remarkable exercise in futility? $7,900. With 65,000 miles on the clock, it has plenty of life left, but I think that is a bit optimistic.

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But still, this combination is legendarily uncommon. All two of the Elantra coupes I’ve seen have been silver so this red really sets it apart. To be honest, I wasn’t sure the coupes even came with a manual.

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So, Oppo, taking bets. How many of these do you suppose were sold with a manual? It has to be an absolutely tiny amount.

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There are currently 22 manual Elantra Coupes for sale on Car Gurus. I checked every single one and disqualified three improperly labeled ones. 6 of them were red and 4 of them were blue so a better spread were colors than I suspected.

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https://www.cargurus.com/Cars/lp/search-Hyundai-Elantra-Coupe-manual-sc2_d2143

I didn’t realize this was a one model year only thing but every single car is a 2013. If anything, I expected less to be for sale but it does mean these are extremely rare.

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12 of them were less expensive than the one I featured but not by much and they all had more miles. I’m beginning to think this is less of a bad deal than I thought.

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