While helping my son look for a car, I saw a number of them for sale last summer in the Chicago area. All very low mileage. I'm guessing they were what dealers call "lot queens" - they sat forever on the lot because they are manual transmission only. They were a little pricey for a student/first car but would otherwise be an awesome pick for a fun used car.
And yes they were expensive when new. During that time Ford had numerous fire sales on Taurus' so you could buy a loaded mid line Taurus for less money. And nobody wanted a car with a stick.