There are so many things that dont add up here....
-most modern, like less than 20 years old, wont start without the clutch depressed
-that's a hell of a starter and torquey motor that could turn over and actually start in gear (bumping forward sure, but starting and driving off?)
-why would wires melting make a starter turn over? not saying it cant happen, but you have chased MANY cars that way? or one and heard about it happeneing before?
-any car that wasn't stick would be in park and would just start running but not go anyway
Did you watch the Youtube video I posted ?? I think that explains everything :wink2: