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No it wasn't

As Bibbo says, no it wasn't. However, we delivered one or two that were supplied with a spare after the PDI was completed. The spare and jack etc were purchased via the Parts Department and fitted to

Problem with having a spare is, if your out on the road and need to use it, where do you put the roadwheel, cuz in wont fit in the front boot

No it wasn't :thumbup:

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As Bibbo says, no it wasn't. However, we delivered one or two that were supplied with a spare after the PDI was completed. The spare and jack etc were purchased via the Parts Department and fitted to the car before the customer took delivery. One or two owners also retrofitted a spare during their ownership. 

So the default is no, don't expect to see one there when you open the front boot. But also, don't be surprised if one is there when you have a look. Clear as mud. :D 

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Problem with having a spare is, if your out on the road and need to use it, where do you put the roadwheel, cuz in wont fit in the front boot

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On 05/07/2019 at 20:13, ajheath said:

Problem with having a spare is, if your out on the road and need to use it, where do you put the roadwheel, cuz in wont fit in the front boot

You leave the passenger behind and put it on the passenger seat! Job done!

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Sounds like sound advice which would get me straight to a laywer regarding a possible divorce ;) Joking aside, I believe it would be a bit hard to place an 18" wheel with 11" width and a 315 tyre in a Sport300 seat with a door that can hardly open enough to get a pencil into the cabin, but then again, you never know. Hmm. maybe I should go try it out, before I will actually need it.

Right, so off to the garage...

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On 05/07/2019 at 18:13, ajheath said:

Problem with having a spare is, if your out on the road and need to use it, where do you put the roadwheel, cuz in wont fit in the front boot

Absolutely. And it won’t fit in the rear, either!

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The trunk is shaped to accept a (rear) wheel in case of a flat, but I agree you'd be hard pressed (pun intended) to fit a 315 size. Of course, it would be flat, so somewhat compressible.

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2 hours ago, Escape said:

The trunk is shaped to accept a (rear) wheel in case of a flat, but I agree you'd be hard pressed (pun intended) to fit a 315 size. Of course, it would be flat, so somewhat compressible.


I haven’t attempted it, but I don’t think one of my wheels would fit in the boot. In any case if you have luggage in there it’s game over, and call the breakdown service. I carry a can of tyre weld stuff, but in the hope I’ll never have to use it unless I’m really stuck!

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For my V8, the larger rear wheel & tyre fits in the boot, and so the smaller front wheel & tyre would too.

If i had a puncture and stuff in the back, i would put the spare on, and then stuff the front boot ("froot"?) with the stuff I'd removed from the back to make space. With the rear wheel outside down, stuff can be put inside it too. I keep plastic bags in the boot to keep things clean in this event.

Anything left over would be put in the passenger footwell. Perhaps a little cramped, but doable.

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I don't know the shape of a GT3 boot, but I needed my spare in my 1984 TE when I was on holiday in France with the car stuffed full of luggage.

That was when I found the reason for the arc shape cut out in the boot. Once I had removed all the luggage the front wheel went in the rear boot and the luggage packed around the wheel and in the front boot where the spare had come from. The spare, obviously, went where the front wheel had been.

This experience gave me two very useful pieces of information: the spare is very useful; don't use rigid suitcases (if you had ever considered them) because if you pack the rear boot with squashy bags they will fit in the front if necessary.

Sorry if this information is not useful for a GT3 but it worked for me.

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Kevin, good tip about the squashy bags instead of rigid suitcases. I'll tell the misses next time we take a roadtrip in the Esprit. 😉

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16 minutes ago, Jacques said:

Yes, I remember those, but probably wouldn't fit in the frunk?

A few Lotus branded soft bags would do the trick  - as in sold via this site ;)

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jacques


“Frunk” ha, ha! Very good!

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