Our Stanford’s sales team have had a brilliant 3 days exhibiting our latest conversions at the 2019 Commercial Vehicle Show. 

The event ran from Tuesday 30th April until Thursday 2nd May and was held at the usual location; the NEC in Birmingham. 

The Eberspacher stand where our vehicles were on display.

The Commercial Vehicle Show is the UK’s largest road transport event and with its central location this years’ show attracted a nationwide audience. 

This year we exhibited two of our latest conversions on the Eberspacher stand. It was clear from the attention and admiration of the guests that our vehicles stood out in a league of their own.

Left: Mercedes Sprinter luxury wheelchair accessible vehicle conversion. Right: Peugeot Boxer mobile youth service vehicle.

The Luxury Wheelchair Accessible Minibus

Displayed on the Eberspacher stand was our luxury wheelchair accessible minibus and a mobile youth outreach centre. The metallic black wheelchair accessible minibus is based on a medium wheelbase New Generation Mercedes Sprinter and features 7 luxury diamond stitched M1 rear passenger seats. All of these seats are fitted with NMI removable legs to allow space for up to 3 wheelchairs. Entrance to the rear saloon is via the pedal operated manual side step, however for wheelchair passengers we have installed a Ricon internal tail lift which allows entry through the glazed doors at the rear of the vehicle.


A luxury wheelchair accessible vehicle for a university student village in Liverpool.

The luxury diamond stitched interior of the New Generation medium wheelbase Sprinter.

The Mobile Youth Service Vehicle

The second Stanford’s conversion that we had on display gained much well-deserved attention as it was something a little out of the ordinary… The mobile youth service vehicle is based on a long wheelbase Peugeot Boxer but includes many exciting features such as a 26″ television with a PlayStation, on board Wi-Fi, a Bluetooth soundbar and a desk area with a whiteboard, power sockets and USB charging facility. The conversion also includes an Eberspacher heater to ensure that passengers stay warm in the winter months. 

Inside the mobile youth service vehicle.

The minibus’ interior features a luxury red and black theme throughout which compliments the U-shaped seating area with a central removable table. The vehicle also includes lockable storage cupboards as well as storage space beneath the seating area. 

The U-shaped seating area with matching cushions and central removable table. 

The vehicle features a desk area and lockable storage space.

At Stanford Coachworks we know that our customers are searching for more eco-friendly means of transport therefore we are working with them to improve our carbon footprint. For this conversion our customer was previously using a petrol generator to power the equipment on board however with todays’ modern technology we decided that it would be more sustainable to install 4 large batteries and a roof mounted solar panel. This ensures that the mobile youth outreach vehicle is more economical when traveling; especially around the city. We are trying our upmost to include ecological technology in our vehicles and many of our latest conversions are set to include these features. 

The roof mounted solar panel.

As well as exhibiting our own conversions the CV show gives us the opportunity to see the latest products entering the industry and provokes ideas on how we could incorporate them in our own conversions to continue meeting our customers’ expectations. 

The event also gives us the chance to speak with many of our suppliers and customers whilst proudly showcasing our vehicles to them. It is also great for new customers as it gives them the time to meet with our sales team in an environment where they can discuss and view our vehicles first hand. This also helps with visualising and designing their own specification for a future conversion. 

Overall the show was a success and sparked a few new ideas for Stanford Coachworks conversions! Let’s see what next years’ Commercial Vehicle Show brings…



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