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I'm hoping to find out just how much will fit in the car at the end of the month, mainly beer probably. Driving from Germany to Goodwood FOS and Silverstone (and camping).  So I can get some photos for you.

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I’m thinking of getting myself one of these but I do have one issue; I’m truly and utterly terrible at walking.

My question, to anyone familiar, is will a Stevens model Esprit (4 por most likely) fit a wheelchair in the back of it? If not, I’m more than happy to use a stick but I’m not a big fan of hobbling around all the time (especially after my fifth dislocated knee - I don’t recommend it).

I realise that it might be tight but if it’s possible to get the frame in the back, I can put the wheels up the front (and forego the spare) and then I’m set. I’m also quite good at dealing with space constraints, what with dailying a mini (proper one).

Just wondering. Many thanks.

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You'd need a small wheelchair, but it might just be doable. If you have some dimensions for the chair, I'd be happy to measure my Esprit to try and work it out.


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Alex, you are more than welcome to come to one of our monthly(*) meets and check to see the Esprit boot size as we normally have at least one G Esprit present. The Stevens Esprit boot is bigger than the G car, and if the frame fits it this, it should be easy for the S car.

(*) although not too sure when the next one will be . I've added you to the PM list, so you will receive a notification of our events.

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8 hours ago, Foyboy said:

especially after my fifth dislocated knee -

There is a bit of a technique involved in getting in and out of the Esprit as it's quite low, especially when in a tight car park space. Not as tricky as an Elise but something to consider given the problem you have had with your knees. It's surprising how much you can fit in the rear of an S3, and as it doesn't have the same ventilation arrangement over the engine bay as a Turbo or a Stevens you may be able to put the frame of your wheel chair on top of the engine cover and still close the hatch.

I'm sure I've also seen photos of luggage racks clipped to the outside of the rear hatch on Stevens cars, and maybe that sort of arrangement would work for you if you found the right car for you.

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I have a couple of options when it comes to chairs so I can try them out to see what works best. I think taking a look at the space available will do me the most good.

I can’t say I’ve ever seen your car about, Chris, despite you being about 5-10 minutes drive from me. I’ll keep my eyes peeled.

Colin, I have the benefit of having a blue badge so I’m usually alright for space getting in and out. I will bear that in mind about the luggage rack and the engine cover space. I was looking at photos the other day and that did occur to me. As I say, I’ll have a look.

Thanks, all.

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You may well have seen my Excel as I'm out in that 2-3 times a week. The Esprit tends to be weekends or school holidays.

PM me with your address and I can sort out bringing the Esprit round to yours.


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5 hours ago, Giniw said:

I think I heard the doors of the earlier Esprit (Guigiaro? Maybe even the SE?) opened a bit less wide than the later models.
But I am not sure at all, I never compared personally.

That's correct. The '92 (SE Highwing) onwards opened wider with the S4 and V8 opening about as much as any car IIRC.

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