THE CCW VIEW
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.