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Sinclair C5 : 1985

12,000 sold.
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£399 battery-assisted n/a 1985 - 1985
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The Sinclair C5 was a battery electric vehicle invented by Sir Clive Sinclair and launched in the United Kingdom on 10 January 1985.


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Sir Clive Sinclair in his C5. (source: Sinclair C5)

The C5 took the form of a battery-assisted tricycle steered by handles on either side of the driver's seat. Powered operation was possible making it unnecessary for the driver to pedal. It had a top speed of 15 miles per hour (24 km/h), chosen because vehicles unable to travel faster could be driven without a driving licence in the UK.

Despite being relatively cheap to purchase (it sold for £399 + £29 for delivery), the C5 quickly became an object of popular ridicule, and was a commercial disaster with only around 12,000 being sold.

You can learn more about the C5 in this 4 Volume DVD.

(text source: Wikipedia)


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1985 Sinclair C5 brochure cover.

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Sinclair C5 ad. (source: Sinclair C5)

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Sinclair Research logo.

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Karl2993 days ago

If you want to try out a Sinclair C5, why not come along to one of the c5alive runs ?

We already have meetings arranged for most of the months in 2009 :-)

eve2912 days ago

i am hoping to buy a Sinclair. Are they still on sale? How old do you have to be to legally drive it?

Mark2860 days ago

You have to be 14 to drive one and no they stopped production in 1985, but you can get one off eBay.
Good luck, they really were ahead of their time.
Mark

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