Traditional mechanical parking brakes are slackening their appeal and dying out as car manufacturers ditch them in favour of electronic parking brakes, according to CarGurus.
It found that just 24% of new cars on sale in the UK today come with a manually operated handbrake, falling even further from 30% recorded last year.
Some popular models, including the BMW 1 series and 3 Series, Peugeot 208 and Nissan Juke have all dropped classic manual handbrakes over the last year.
Only one mainstream manufacturer, Dacia (right), has a manual handbrake on every model in the range with the majority of car makers only offering the part on sportier cars or cheaper superminis, with the likes of the Mazda MX-5, BMW M2 and the SEAT Ibiza all featuring one.
A handful of manufacturers have phased out the part completely and replaced it with an electronic parking brake, while some use a foot-operated parking brake.
The CarGurus study found that Alfa Romeo, DS, Honda, Jaguar (shown), Land Rover, Lexus, Mercedes, Porsche and Volvo no longer have any models on sale fitted with a traditional manual handbrake. Traditionalists argue the electronic parking brake removes the feel, simplicity and interactivity of the handbrake, but are still considered a luxury convenience and safety feature by many, requiring less effort to hold the car more securely without any adjustments.