David Ogle

Industrial designer, Military Person

1922 – 1962


Who was David Ogle?

David Ogle MBE, DSC was a British industrial designer and car designer. He founded the design consultancy company Ogle Design in 1954.

He was educated at Rugby School and briefly studied Law at University of Oxford. In 1940 he joined the Fleet Air Arm. He flew the Supermarine Seafire in operations in North Africa, the Mediterranean and in the south of France. He rose to the rank of Lt Commander and was awarded the DSC and the MBE.

At the conclusion of the war he attended the Central School of Art and Design in London, studying industrial design. He subsequently joined Murphy Radio. He left Murphy in 1948 to join Bush Radio. It was while at Bush that he was responsible for the iconic design of the TR82 transistor radio.

He went on to design the Ogle SX1000 based on the Mini. 69 cars were made before David Ogle's death.

He also designed the Reliant Scimitar.

Ogle died driving an Ogle car, on the way to Brands Hatch race circuit, on 25 May 1962.


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