Monday, 6 February 2012

Ogle SX250

An interesting British curio, the Ogle SX250. You've probably guessed from its face that this is the car that spawned the Reliant Scimitar coupé; it debuted at the 1962 Earls Court Motor Show, creating quite a buzz around the diminutive Ogle show stand. Its underpinnings originated in the Daimler SP250, with power coming from Daimler's 2.4-litre V8; Dunlop disc brakes and a lightweight glassfibre body made it feel distinctly sporting.
The pairing of Ogle (more a motor racing cottage industry than a mainstream manufacturer) and a wealthy Russian eccentric saw the SX250 into existence, but production and further development weren't forthcoming, not least due to David Ogle's untimely death in a racing accident. The design was taken to Reliant and, in a nutshell, the Scimitar was born.
It's rather more complicated than that, of course - these things always are. Click here for the full story.

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