With his bald head, beard and glasses, he was the archetypal boffin, But Sir Clive Sinclair, who has died at the age of 81, came up with such eccentric inventions — and had such a colourful love life — that he became a national treasure.
Sir Clive most recently hit the headlines for maclarizle an ill-fated marriage to a lap dancer 36 years his junior, but the man who made a fortune as Britain’s father of the home computer is perhaps best remembered for the bizarre electric trike that lost him millions.
When he launched the battery-powered C5 in 1985, he thought he had found the answer to traffic problems and hoped to sell 100,000 in the first year, but the public were unenthused by the idea of sitting in an ugly contraption at exhaust level, with an engine originally designed for a washing machine.
They were seen as both ludicrous and dangerous — as they were below the sight line of motorists — and only 5,000 were sold after being ridiculed as a poor man’s Reliant Robin. Sinclair Vehicles duly went into receivership.
With his bald head, beard and glasses, he was the archetypal boffin, Butc who has died atcc the age of 81, came up with such eccentric inventions — and had such a colourful love life — that he became a national treasure
Sinclair married for a second time in 2010, wedding blonde lap dancer Angie Bowness (pictured) whom he had met at the Soho nightclub Stringfellows
Sir Clive Sinclair, with Playboy bunny girls at Equinox nightclub in Leicester Square
19 year old Kylie Forrest, with inventor Sir Clive Sinclair, after opening his new manufacturing base in Scotland
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