Hoover Starlight U2002
The Hoover Starlight was a Europe-only model, introduced in 1975. The Starlight filled a gap in the Hoover product range of small, hardbag upright cleaner. Other manufacturers already produced machines like this - The Electrolux 152 of 1967, the 1972 Hotpoint Swallow and Goblin with their Housemaid of 1974.
At first glance the Hoover Starlight would appear to be a scaled down Hoover Convertible, with its low nozzle and hard case bag, but this cleaner still used the old fashioned dirty fan method of cleaning up the dust, with the debris passing through the suction fan. There are two pulleys on the motor - one end drives the belt for the brushroll, whilst the other turns the fan. Although this one is white and red, the Starlight was also available with a navy blue bag door. the Starlight had both a bag full indicator operated by a rubber bellows in the dirt tube and a headlight (mounted at the bottom of the bag door), making it a well equipped small upright.
By January 1977 the cleaner was made more basic and relaunched as the Junior Deluxe U2068, minus the headlight and bag full indicator. The Junior Deluxe again was sold in two colour schemes - a sedate looking green and white version, and a more dramatic black and orange one, which smacks of the 1970s! There was also a special edition black Alander's department store version, and a beige and brown special too. The Junior Deluxe continued into the 1980s, before being superseded by the Turbopower range of 1983.