Ogle SX 1000 Coupé


David Ogle, namesake for his range of mostly fibreglass riffs on (mostly) oddball cars, died in an SX 1000 on the way to the Brands Hatch racing circuit. A stiff way to begin this story, perhaps, but it's useful to the tale of this almost unicorn-like Mini derivative.

Built from a Mini van chassis—in order to increase its wheelbase while staying within the British Motor Corporation parts bin—completed SX 1000s left the factory longer and lower than standard Mini Cooper economy cars. At the time of his death, Ogle was just 40 years old, and this sort of mini-GT car was a fitting way for an ex-Second World War fighter pilot to get from A to B with good speed and good comfort.

With a hot Mini Cooper 1275-cc engine, the car was good for a healthy  180 km/h (110 mph).

After Ogle's death, the remaining parts were used up before the moulds were sold, eventually leading to the largely similar—but only four were made—Ogle Fletcher GT.

About sixty-six were built and roughly two dozen SX 1000s remain, and—through the magic of modern "coachbuilding", a company called Nostalgia Cars in the UK will even build you your very own brand-new Ogle SX—though with an uprated engine, it's now called the Ogle SX 1275.

As a design consultancy, Ogle Design lived on, gracing us with several interesting vehicles, including the Bond Bug and Luke Skywalker's XP-34 Landspeeder.