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1980 Launched the ZX80 personal microcomputer which sold for £100; it did not include a display unit and used a separate cassette recorder to store programs. The company would pursue development of the microcomputer, a flat tube television display, a novel electric motor and a new electronic instrument.
1982 The ZX81 was said to be the best selling computer ever. Timex Corporation was given full rights to manufacture it and sell it in the USA. Another computer was launched, the ZX Spectrum. Plans to float a fraction of the equity. Thorn EMI was subcontracted to manufacture ZX Spectrum computers
1983 Private sale by Clive Sinclair of 10 percent of the company to raise funds for further development of the electric car. Announced £2M funding for incubator Metalab in Cambridge. Launched new flat screen television
1985 Having suffered substantial losses because of over-stocking, Sinclair Research was offered a bail-out by Robert Maxwell's Hollis plc; Clive Sinclair would step aside to become life president. But this deal failed and instead a deal with retailers Dixons was announced.
1997 Offered a belt drive system for battery-assisted bicycles