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Preserving the transport heritage of Ipswich since 1965, and now supported by the Friends of the Ipswich Transport Museum. The Ipswich Transport Museum is a Registered Charity No. 276626 and an Accredited Museum, number RD890.
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Sinclair C5
Sinclair C5
Acquired by the Museum:1995
Current State:As acquired
Clive Sinclair was an innovative producer of electronic goods and in the early 1980s he announced a range of electric cars. The first product was called the C5 and was launched in 1985. In fact it was a battery powered tricycle, driven by a 12-volt lead acid battery.

Hoover were contracted to produce the vehicle, incorporating a plastic body, with Sinclair providing the design and marketing. Hoover also provided customer service facilities. The law at that time would have allowed anyone over 14 years of age to drive it, and it required no road tax or M.o.T. A whole range of accessories were envisaged, including special rainwear and a rear mounted pole to improve visibility to other road users. The vehicle was sold through mail order and through outlets such as Eastern Electricity Board shops. It was priced at 399 plus 29 packing and delivery.

The public were unimpressed and few were sold. Thus the Sinclair range came to an abrupt halt. Presented to the Museum by Eastern Electricity in 1995.