THE CCW VIEW

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Driving -

Is this a truly prac­ti­cal clas­sic? Well no, not re­ally. While the Esprit may be com­par­a­tively mod­ern com­pared to many of the cars we fea­ture in Five Tri­als, an early Esprit isn’t the type of car you just jump into and use when­ever and wher­ever you want. It’s a treat, some­thing special to look for­ward to and rel­ish. Us­ing one all the time will just make its weak­nesses more ap­par­ent, es­pe­cially out there in the ur­ban jun­gle.

And it will cost you. Driv­ing it less fre­quently, and when the con­di­tions are right (or when you be­come a Gov­ern­ment se­cret agent and have to out­run a ma­chine gun-tot­ing he­li­copter – it hap­pens) will just em­pha­sise its strong points and make you re­mem­ber why you wanted one so badly in the first place.

The Esprit is dra­matic and dy­namic, in ways that so few other cars are – es­pe­cially ones built in Bri­tain.

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