THE 30th birthday of the Sinclair C5, one of the most unusual vehicles ever to be built in Britain, is
THE 30th birthday of the Sinclair C5, one of the most unusual vehicles ever to be built in Britain, is being celebrated by the National Motor Museum.
First on display in the museum following its launch on January 10, 1985, visitors can again see this electrically-powered tricycle, which was gifted to the museum by its manufacturer.
Despite failing to catch the public’s imagination at its launch, today the C5 is regarded as an icon of Eighties design and a pioneer of alternative-fuelled transport, as well as an endearing British failure.
The Sinclair C5, masterminded by inventor and entrepreneur Sir Clive Sinclair, was designed to be an inexpensive and nimble alternative for one person to travelling by car, bus or bicycle.
Marketed as ‘a new power in personal transport’, it had a retail price of £399 and could reputedly be driven for five miles on just one penny’s worth of electricity.
However, the C5 was poorly received by the press and public alike.