FDR's Car

Due to Polio leaving hislegs severely weakened, US Presidential hopeful Franklin Delano Roosevelt had a car made for him with hand controls for accelerator and breaks.

Since the automatic transmission had not been invented yet, how did he use the clutch and change gears?

They were available to FDR

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Umm, hand controls. The clutch doesn’t need to be on the floor.

I have seen some of FDR’s cars but I don’t recall the specifics. On handicapped cars of a little more modern vintage that I recall better, the shifter has a squeeze lever on it for the clutch. So squeeze, shift, let loose.