Pandemic 3-Speed? 1979 Volvo 244 V8

I am loathe to criticize other people’s custom work, especially when my own is nowhere near the level of a Singer or Icon…but I’m not going to complain about the front bumper speed holes or the “drag” wheel/tire setup in this V8 powered Volvo, but I feel obliged to take issue with a 3-speed for his (her?) transmission. It’s not like a 4-speed costs much more, and even 5-speeds are plentiful (don’t get me started on 6-speeds), and my understanding of domestic 3-speeds from ‘Murican hot-rod friends is that they are all junk and need to be swapped for 4-speed posthaste. But maybe there is some rare Muncie three-speed that can handle power and torque and you save your left leg because you shift less. Strange decisions for strange times, I guess. Find this 1979 Volvo 244 V8 offered for $5500 in San Diego, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

From the seller:

1979 volvo 244 dl
condition: good
cryptocurrency ok
cylinders: 8 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 139000
paint color: blue
size: mid-size
title status: clean
transmission: manual
type: sedan

Classic Volvo with a Chevy V8! Motor is a recently built 350 with a heathy cam, lots of performance parts and putting down good power, less than 1k miles on the motor. Transmission is a 3 speed manual. The car is set up drag style with big rear tires in the back lots of traction.

See a better way to drive drag style?