I agree- any Gen 4 Camry with a manual transmission is rare- but a Gen 4 V6 manual is extremely rare. I don't have any statistics to back this up, but I'd bet that 98-99% of Camrys sold between 1997-2001 were automatics.To my knowledge, Toyota never published Camry production numbers broken down like that. But it’s quite rare. Just for fun, I go on Craigslist a couple times a month looking at 3rd/4th Gen Camrys, and a 5spd V6 pops up just a few times a year.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t make them valuable. I once saw a decent looking one that needed a clutch, and he was asking less than $1,000. The listing stayed up for a couple months. I don’t think it ever sold.
Welcome to the cult, brother/sister! I've got the same, '99 LE V6 manual. Mine's Super White, leather, moonroof, alarm, and black pearl emblems.Just picked up a '99 LE V6 with a 5 speed. Not having much luck finding production numbers online. How rare is a 4th gen 5 speed V6???
Yep. On the Gen3 in ‘92 when I was shopping for mine, the base trim was the DX, which was stripped to the bone if no options were ordered. Manual trans, manual windows and locks, no A/C, no power antenna, and probably a few other things I’m forgetting. I don’t recall seeing a lot of DX’s on dealer lots, and certainly not one stripped bare like that. Most that I saw were ordered w/ auto trans and A/C. The catalog showed the V6 was an option on the DX, but I’ve NEVER seen one anywhere with it. At that time, the V6 was a $1000 option, so it would’ve been a very strange thing to do.Back in the day when I bought my 1998 Camry, the dealership had one- ONE- Camry with a manual transmission on the lot. It was a CE model with absolutely no options... I don't even think it came with ABS brakes. The salesman admitted to me that the only reason it was on the lot was so that the dealer could advertise that they had new Camrys in stock "as low as $14,995". Most people came in because of the ad took one look at that car and ended up buying an LE automatic for a few grand more.