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1960-1962 ROCHDALE Olympic specifications


When it appeared in 1960, the Olympic was only the second car to feature a glassfibre monocoque – following hot on the heels of the Lotus Elite. The Olympic was bulbous and lacked the glamour of its rival, but it was well-engineered and handled assuredly thanks to its coil spring set-up. Production endured a critical setback following a fire at the factory a year after launch, but picked up slowly afterwards, being offered in component form or as a complete car. The Olympic II of 1963 moved to Ford (from BMC) for its running gear.

Production

  • Production:
    21,529
  • Price (excellent)
    £6,000
  • Price (good):
    £4,750
  • Price (average):
    £2,500
  • Price (project):
    £1,000

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    11.9secs
  • Top speed:
    102.0mph
  • Power:
    60.0bhp
  • Torque:
    72.0lb/ft

Engine

  • Configuration:
    in-line four
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, torsion bar
  • Suspension Rear:
    Live axle, coil spring
  • Steering:
    rack and pinion
  • Bodyframe:
    glassfibre monocoque
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed manual

Dimensions

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