What you're looking at is a 1985 photo of the Sinclair C5, a titchy electrically motivated trike of which 12,000(!) were reportedly sold. We stumbled across this gem of an image, and after your enthusiastic response to yesterday's Roller at Wal-Mart snapshot (over 200 captions at last count), we've decided to go to the well again.
- Frank Filipponio
- Jun 19, 2007
There's obviously something in the air lately. It seems just about everybody is trying to find a way to strap a jet engine to themselves or their car. A VW New Beetle, Toyota MR2 or GM EV1 almost make sense compared to other recent projects. The port-o-potty and the go-kart come to mind. Placing a jet engine in this formerly electric-powered trike, however, is just insane. Granted, it's just a tiny jet, but still.
- Mike Magda
- Mar 3, 2007
The European tech blog Tech Digest saw fit to name the top 10 gadgets that are due for a revival. The Apple Newton and Etch-a-Sketch were mentioned but at Number 10 was the Sinclair C5. About 12,000 of these 3-wheeled electrified shopping carts were built in 1985. Before the year's end the company was out of business. Rightly so, it could be considered a forerunner to the Segway but the editors at Tech Digest think it could be brought back as a solar-powered vehicle. The original Sinclair used a
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