Ogle were produced between 1959 and 1962 when they built a series of complete cars.
The first was the 1.5 based on an extended Riley 1.5 chassis with BMC B Series 1500 cc engine. The two door, four seater coupé styled body was built of glass fibre. It was capable of nearly 90 mph and eight were made with a price tag of £1574.
Made in greater numbers was the 1962 SX1000 based on the Mini. The first cars were built by grafting the Ogle glass fibre body to a customer supplied Mini. The conversion cost £550 plus the customer supplied base car. Later in 1962, complete cars became available with the 997 cc Cooper version costing £1176. Any of the Mini engines could be specified up to the Mini Cooper S unit which topped out at 110 mph. It is thought that 66 were made. Following David Ogle’s death, it was decided to cease car production with the remaining parts being used up. A batch intended for the United States were converted to right hand drive and sold onto the home market. It is thought the last one left the factory as late as 1964. The moulds were sold in 1966 to Norman Fletcher, a boat builder in West Bromwich, West Midlands, who exhibited a Fletcher GT at the 1967 Racing Car Show.
The final car was the SX250, an updated Daimler Dart built in 1962. Two were made but Daimler was not interested and the design was sold to Reliant where it became the basis of the Scimitar GT which was launched in 1964.
The Ogle SX1000 is available again from Nostalgia Cars.
Latest Ogle version from Nostagia Cars
The Cortina/Ogle GT
The Ford Cortina GT modified by Ogle is a Replica of the car designed by the Ogle Design Organisation for Stirling Moss, to fulfill his personal requirements for a four seater GT car.
Stirling Moss specification required a balanced relationship between performance-comfort- economy – and a reasonable purchase price. It was important to him that his car should be based on a proven production car, for which service was freely available. He sought motorway performance – but not at the expense of fast car fuel consumption; above all he specified a car to carry four people comfortably, confidently, on 500 miles a day journeys with all the luggage they would need. The Cortina/Ogle GT Replica meets these requirements and more. In addition – coachwork, cellulosing and trimming are executed to high standards by world renowned coachbuilders, Harold Radford. Every item of equipment incorporated has been tested in use by Stirling Moss. The brilliant engineering and stamina of the Ford Cortina GT has been proved in races and rallies in three continents and the car carries Ford warranty and is backed by Ford service.
Main Bodywork Features
- Front grille assembly in anodised aluminium incorporates long distance and spread beam lamps.
- Distinctive rear end treatment is designed to emphasise ‘notch back’ GT styling.
- Bolt on hubcaps obviate prising and marking.
- Opening quarter windows, front and rear.
- Chromium window frames.
- Dunlop SP tyres are fitted as standard.
- Increased capacity fuel tank.
- Rear screen cleaned by wide sweep wiper controlled from fascia.
- Automatic reversing lamp fitted as standard.
Main Interior Features
- Full instrumentation including – speedometer, tachometer, ammeter, fuel gauge, oil pressure gauge, water temperature gauge.
- Rheostat controlled panel lighting.
- Variable speed windscreen wiper.
- Headlamp flasher.
- Dipping interior mirror.
- Duralumin steering wheel with padded leather rim.
- Cigarette lighter and ashtrays.
- Interior bonnet and boot releases.
- Fresh air heater and windscreen demister with two speed fan.
- Door night caution lights.
- Fully adjustable, fully reclining front seats.
- Centre console unit with concealed compartment.
- Individual rear seats with centre console and concealed compartment.
- Radio with speakers front and rear and automatic aerial.
- Deep pile carpets front and rear.
- Full plastic foam sound insulation.