The 'Revolution' That Became A National Joke

C5 was a tiny, single-seater, three-wheeled electric car of futuristic design that the press mockingly dubbed an 'aerodynamic bathtub'.

Published: 11-Jan-2005

It was supposed to revolutionise travel around the world. Instead, the infamous Sinclair C5 electric car, launched 20 years ago on Monday, all but sank Britain's best-known inventor and became a national joke.

Nonetheless, Sir Clive Sinclair, who sold the world's first pocket calculator and first digital watch before making a fortune with pioneering cheap personal computers, insisted on the anniversary that he had no regrets about the C5.

"It began to get bad press and escalated," Sinclair said. "It became fashionable to mock it, which was a shame."


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