Buying a Sinclair C5

The number one place to find Sinclair C5's for sale is Ebay, but they do occasionally show up on Gumtree. Local Facebook groups can also throw up a few suprises. My 2nd C5 was found from a local seller who responded to a request for a C5 on the local Weymouth Facebook wanted/for sale group.

When looking for a C5, the decision to buy a cheaper (perhaps none running) one or a restored/working one can be difficult. I detail a recent experience of buying a none runner and restoring it on a limited budget here to give you some idea of what's involved in a restoration project.

When looking for a C5 there are a number of things to take into account that will tell you if the C5 is a good buy or not. This is by no means a definitive list, if you think I've missed anything, please post it on the C5 Owners Facebook group page and I'll add it to the list.

A fully restored Sinclair C5

Turining up for football in my C5

Further Information

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Lotus C5 prototype by John Dunne It's a common misconception that Lotus only involvement in the C5 develop was the Y frame chassis, however as detailed in the Lotus World Magazine March 1985 & also in both of Barrie Will books who was the Managing Director of Sinclair Vehicle, Lotus developed, designed & build the C5 prototypes.
Lotus C5 prototype by John Dunne
posted on: 24/05/2020
Simplified Relay Controls This article by John Wilson shows how to re-wire a C5 with the original 12V motor.
Simplified Relay Controls
posted on: 27/04/2016
Control Clerk Training Notes Here are some rare C5 training notes from Hoover desgned for call centre staff and engineers.
Control Clerk Training Notes
posted on: 22/03/2016
Offroad Prototypes by Brian McCool For years there had been rumors about the Off Road C5's. Has anybody seen one?
Offroad Prototypes by Brian McCool
posted on: 10/03/2016