Ogle One Point Five Sports Car
David Ogle Ltd. (Ogle Design)
1959 to 1962
David Ogle (Ogle Design)
Four-cylinder 1,489 c.c.
7ft 2in (218 cm)
13ft 9in (419 cm)
5ft 0.5in (154 cm)
4ft 5in (135 cm)
1,975 1b (898 kg).
The Ogle 1.5 was a small British sports car built between 1959 and 1962.
1954 Ogle Design was founded and produced many successful designs of industrial and household products. By 1959 the company became involved in transport design and small-scale car production.
The two-door, four-seater coupé-styled body was built of glass fiber. It was capable of nearly 90 mph (140 km/h) and eight were made with a price tag of £1574 inc VAT. David Ogle's industrial design firm had a good reputation, but when he wanted to break into the car field, he found ha way to build his own. His first design in 1959 was based on a Riley 1.5 A 4-seater coupé. F/R, 1489cc (S4 OHV). BMC B-series engine in 68bhp twin-carb tune with MGA filters, BMC Riley back end with independent front, wishbones and torsion bars; coil springs rears, and glass-fiber body. Under the body was a Riley 1.5 (Morris Minor type) floorplan with tubular rear extension and Minor/Riley torsion bars at the front.
- 60 b.h.p. net at 4,800 r.p.m
- Max. torque, 81 lb. ft. at 2,400 r.p.m
- Top gear m.p.h., 18 per 1,000 r.p.m.
Built from 1959 until 1962 only around 8 of these first cars were built. by David Ogle, based in Letchworth, Hertfordshire. In 1962 Ogle was killed in a car crash involving one of his cars, Tom Karen took over as Managing Director and Chief Designer of the company, and 1.5 version car production ceased in 1962 with the GT Mini version from 1962.
Ogle 1.5 Technical details and specifications (1959-1962)
bore and stroke: 73.03 x 88.9 mm (2.87 x 3.5in)
Engine capacity:1,489 c.c. (90.88 cu. in) O.H.V
2 S.U. carburettors
compression ratio, 8.3 to 1;
TRANSMISSION DRIVE LINE:
synchromesh on upper three ratios
ratios, 3.73, 5.12, 8.25 and 13.56 to 1
gear lever location: central control
independent front, wishbones and torsion bars; coil springs rear
internal drum dia.and lining width, 9 x 2.5in front, 8 x 1.7in rear.
Battery, 12-volt, 57 a/h.
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT:
Wheelbase, 7ft 2in (218 cm)
track, front, 4ft 2.9in (129 cm)
track, rear, 4ft 2.3in (128 cm)
Overall length, 13ft 9in (419 cm)
width, 5ft 0.5in (154 cm)
height, 4ft 5in (135 cm)
ground clearance, 5in (13 cm).
Turning circle, 34ft 8in (10.56 m).
Weight (approx.), 1,975 1b (898 kg).
Tank capacity, 7 Imperial gallons (32 litres).
Tyre size, 5.60— 13in.
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