You would be alright with an auto especially if your a bigger person. The seating position is low so you legs go deep into the engine bay. Not much room to move around in there stepping on pedals. Cant even see your feet. You will get enough enjoyment from just driving it swapping from a truck/suv it will feel like a go kart and put the top down too hard to beat.
Though getting a stick was more major for me as I wanted a stick car. The more modern muscle cars are too brutal for a stick. I agree with the stick cars have to be more connected. Dinkey motor better be in the right gear no lugging or skipping gears when you get bored. Part time car of either trans would be fine. Color and motor and condition is a buying factor also