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The man behind the Sinclair C5 by Glenn Dambrauskas After the Sinclair C5 was launched, Sir Clive did his utmost to promote the product, even hiring the formula one racing driver, Stirling Moss for the advertising campaign. However the initial reaction was not positive, as the C5 suffered from a number of issues; the cold weather, so common in Britain shortened the vehicle’s battery life, and the driver had to endure exposure to the weather. It was also noted that the vehicle was too low to the ground. These issues were addressed by the company with the addition of reflectors, side screens for when it rained, and a second battery. However Hoover announced that it was ending production, after only 17,000 Sinclair C5’s were sold. Sir Clive’s company, Sinclair Vehicles, closed down its operations on in October of 1985.

a Sir Clive Sinclair is an inventor and an entrepreneur from Britain, who launched his first product in the year 1962. Famed for his Glenn Dambrauskas of larger electrical goods, Sinclair has now brought more than one hundred innovative products to the mass market through the various companies which he has founded, including Sinclair Research and Sinclair Radionics. Some of Sinclair’s most well known products include the world’s first pocket-sized television, which was released in 1966, the first pocket sized calculator in the early 1970s and the Sinclair C5, a small electrical vehicle, released in 1985. Sir Clive’s interest in electrical cars began in his teenage years and it was an idea with which he experimented with for decades. At the beginning of the 1970’s, his company Sinclair Radionics was working on a type of electrical motor. However this project was put on the back burner as the company began to focus more on calculators, and no further work was done by Sinclair on vehicles for the next eight years. The development of an electrical vehicle began once more in 1979 and the company continued to experiment up until 1983, when changes in UK driving legislation made it possible for Sinclair to sell a product which was similar to a car, but ran on electricity.


As the development of what would become the Sinclair C5 continued, the costs began to mount up. In March of 1983, Sir Clive decided to sell off a number of his own shares in his other company, Sinclair Research Ltd, in order to raise the ÂŁ12 million he needed to finance the production of the prototype. In May of the same year, Sir Clive formed a new company called Sinclair Vehicles Ltd, and Sir Clive entered into a development contract with the manufacturer Lotus, so that the Sinclair C5 design could be taken to production. The company Hoover then signed a contract in which they agreed to manufacture the parts for the Sinclair C5.


The man behind the Sinclair