Rover: the great British car marque with a ‘gentlemanly’ image and a reputation for solidity, quality and innovation. The first ‘Rover’ was the Safety Cycle invented by John Kemp Starley in Coventry in 1884. Motorcycle production began in 1902, followed by the first Rover cars in 1904. Reliable and well-built cars became the company’s forte in the 1930s. The iconic Land Rover, which is described in Auto Review 37, supported the company in the difficult post-war years, when all Rover production moved to Solihull. Steady development of ‘Auntie’ Rover P4 saloon cars, popular with bank managers and solicitors, led to the imposing P5 and the more advanced P6, the adoption of the ex-Buick 3.5 litre V8 engine, the SD1 saloon, and the mould-breaking Range Rover. Rover’s role in the Leyland Group could well have secured the company’s future. The enforced merger with the British Motor Corporation, however, weakened Sir William Lyons’ vision of a great British motor group in the Daimler-Benz mould. The Rover brand still survived being part of British Leyland, British Aerospace, BMW, the ‘Phoenix Consortium’, and Chinese ownership of some Rover designs. It even managed to become the principal remaining brand of the wreckage of the British motor industry, giving its name to ‘Rover Group’. BMW acquired the rights to many British car marques from British Aerospace, including the Rover brand. When the Phoenix Consortium made Rover cars at Longbridge from 2000 to 2005, they did not own the Rover brand name; it was licensed from BMW. The Rover brand was sold by BMW to Ford in 2006, to be reunited with Land Rover. In 2008 Ford sold Land Rover to Tata of India, and with it the Rover brand. Thus, the long-established Rover brand name is now owned by Tata.
The design rights to the last of the Rover-branded cars are now owned in China, but they cannot be sold as Rovers, hence the German-style homonym ‘Roewe’ under which some are marketed in China in the 21st century.
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