Ogle Design is a British design consultancy company founded in 1954 by David Ogle and based in Letchworth, Hertfordshire.

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History edit

  • 1954 Ogle Design was founded and produced many successful designs of industrial and household products.
  • 1959 The company became involved in transport design and small-scale car production.
  • 1962 Ogle was killed in a car crash involving one of his SX1000 cars, Tom Karen took over as Managing Director and Chief Designer of the company, and car production ceased.
  • 1974 Separate divisions were formed for product and transport design.
  • 1999 Oct. Ogle Models and Prototypes sold the design business to Ogle Noor.
  • 1999 Ogle Noor formed.

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Household products edit

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Car production edit

Ogle SX1000 in 1980

Between 1959 and 1962 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 (140 km/h) 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 (180 km/h). The cars were fully equipped and featured a padded dashboard for increased safety.[2] It is thought that 66 were made, with Jack Brabham buying one for his wife Betty for their first anniversary.[3] 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 was 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 SP250 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.

In 2012 a replica Ogle SX1000 was available from Nostalgia Cars.[4]

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References edit

  1. ^ "Taci trendsetter". Autocar. 143 (4120): 21. 25 October 1975.
  2. ^ Björklund, Bengt, ed. (March 1962). "Hundkoja i lyxklass" [Luxury Mini]. Illustrerad Motor Sport (in Swedish). No. 3. Lerum, Sweden. p. 22.
  3. ^ Björklund, Bengt, ed. (September 1962). "Från skilda fronter" [From different fronts]. Illustrerad Motor Sport (in Swedish). No. 9. Lerum, Sweden. p. 26.
  4. ^ Nostalgia Cars Ogle SX1275

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