This 1985 advert for this crazy ‘ebike’ by Sinclair was years ahead of its time

One of my favorite lockdowns in the past has been trapping history books for old commercials for technology. The best finds are those that are far ahead of their time, they are very comfortable by today’s standards, but also hyper retro in design.

Dig a little deeper into these nuggets of bygone days, and you will see something deeper: an idea, a vision that the engineers thought could be the future need more Look like It is the space between sci-fi and reality.

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The Sinclair C5 is a perfect example. The C5 was the brainchild of Sir Clive Sinclair, a famous British inventor who made things like calculators and early personal computers. But C5 was one of his best ideas.

It was so ahead of its time that it wouldn’t have seemed out of place if it were released today – but it was launched more than 30 years ago.

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