Ogle SX 1000 two-door GT Coupé, by industrial designer David Ogle, is based mechanically on the 997 cc-engined Mini-Cooper. The body is resin-bonded fibreglass and the interior finish and fitting are to a luxury specification. Price £1070.
SX 250 is based on Daimler SP250. The project was passed to Reliant.
Moss-Ogle Dream Car
FOR some time there have been rumours of dream car, built to the demanding requirements -in the way if performance and of comfort and utility-of none other than Stirling Moss. This car is now a reality and, in the somewhat unattractive colour of Borneo Green, is making its bow on the Harold Radford stand in the Carriage Work section at Earls Court. It is based on the Ford Cortina G.T., with the rear part of the body completely restyled by the David Ogle Design Organization-the work being carried out in Harold Radford's coach-building shops in West London. The notched back has been altered almost to the American "fastback" line, though there is still a break, and the rear window is of Triplex electrically heated glass with a large, central wiper. The front, too, is restyled-with an aluminium "egg-box" grille replacing the normal Cortina pierced stamping, the Lucas fog and driving lamps being recessed within the original framework of the grille at both sides. Electrical equipment has been very extensively modified-though the same capacity battery as standard is used. A Motorola radio is installed, and a Minifon tape reCorder which can reCord (and play back) directly from the radio. It will also play back pre-reCorded tapes, and can be used with a microphone for dictating letters. The radio has an automatic aerial, and a Vibrosonic unit that gives the sensation of stereo-sound. Side windows are push-button, electrically operated from the front doors, and the bonnet and boot catches are released electrically from within the car. There is a reversing lamp; and red warning lamps in the doors, automatically lighting when the doors are opened, are fitted. A delayed-action relay keeps the courtesy lamps on for 15 seconds after the doors have been shut. The windscreen is tinted, the tint being heaviest at the top, diminishing down to nothing at the bottom. A Webasto sliding roof is fitted, and the steering wheel is padded and leather covered. Upholstery is completely non-standard, being two-tone with darker central panels in the seats and backrests, and there are two completely separate back seats. Sound deadening material of the foam rubber sheet type is used extensively. Standard Cortina wheels are retained, but they are shod with Dunlop tubeless SP tyres. A special feature are the wheel trims, which leave the wheel nuts exposed, so that the wheel can be taken off without moving the trim. Among the optional extras available is the Hobbs-Westinghouse automatic gearbox. Inevitably, the weight must show a considerable increase over that of the standard product; the price £1,390, including tax, but not including the demisting rear window, Webasto sliding roof, electric-operated door windows, radio, tape-reCorder, or thief-proof lock.