No, his car does not have the Summer/Winter Switch.
A. Roische, please double check because your car should start in first gear. If it's starting in second gear, then something is wrong.
Rbrduck, your transmission is totally normal. It starts in second gear unless put in kickdown, this was done to conserve fuel at the time, thought I'm not sure if it really helped. And your RPMs at speed are normal too.
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