This is the story of a great British car marque and its pioneering founder, Herbert Austin. As a teenager Herbert went to work on a sheep farm in Australia, owned by Frederick York Wolseley. The confident young Austin told Wolseley he could make new sheep-shearing machinery work better. He was offered a position with the Wolseley Sheep Shearing Machine Company in Sydney. Austin took out personal patents on the improved machines, and in March 1892 he returned to England with his wife and daughter. He sold the patents in 1892 in exchange for shares, and he was appointed Inspector of Machines and Works Manager in new premises in Birmingham, where bicycles were made during lulls in production. Austin persuaded the Wolseley board to invest in car production, which began in 1896 In 1901 Vickers, Sons & Maxim set up the Wolseley Tool and Motor Car Co Ltd in Birmingham, with Austin as manager, with a 33% shareholding. Austin remained chairman of the board until 1933, and the firm survived into the 21st century as builders’ merchants Wolseley Plc. When Vickers engaged J D Siddeley to build ‘Peugeot-type’ cars, Herbert Austin, still not yet 40, left Wolseley and set up his own firm, the Austin Motor Co, in Birmingham. He made a number of successful vehicle types, and in 1917 Herbert Austin was knighted for his contribution to the War effort, building aircraft and armoured cars. In the 1920s and 1030s Austin became famous for the Seven and the Heavy Twelve, among many other car types. In 1938 Leonard Lord, snubbed by William Morris, moved across to Longbridge to help the opposition. He reorganised the work processes, launched new models and prepared Austin for War. Lord Austin died in 1941. Leonard Lord oversaw the postwar growth of Austin, and its combination with the Nuffield group in 1952 as the British Motor Corporation. BMC became part of British Motor Holdings in 1966, then sank into British Leyland, later renamed Rover Group. The Austin name disappeared in 1987.
Orders can be placed online, by phone or by post. The UK Postal address for orders is: Oxford Diecast Ltd, PO Box 363, Southampton S014 0TJ
As well as accepting sterling cheques we accept Euro cheques (over 50 euros) and US$ cheques (over 50 dollars).
The postage charges for non members are:
Order Value: £0.00 - £19.99UK: £2.95
Rest of the World: £6.45
Order Value: £20.00 & OverUK: £4.95
Rest of the World: £6.95
Orders are dispatched within 3 working days and can take between 3-5 working days for UK mainland.
If you choose to join the club you will receive any multi-purchase discounts at the time of ordering, by selecting the membership level you want and adding it to your order.
We can ship to virtually any address in the world. Note that there are restrictions on some products, and some products cannot be shipped to international destinations. Please click here to learn more about our international postage.
You may return most new, unopened items within 30 days of delivery for a full refund. We'll also pay the return shipping costs if the return is a result of our error (you received an incorrect or defective item, etc.).
You should expect to receive your refund within four weeks of giving your package to the return shipper, however, in many cases you will receive a refund more quickly. This time period includes the transit time for us to receive your return from the shipper (5 to 10 business days), the time it takes us to process your return once we receive it (3 to 5 business days), and the time it takes your bank to process our refund request (5 to 10 business days).
If you need to return an item, please contact our customer services team on 023 8024 8850