We all have some memories of Nissan and Datsun cars, if it was only a Bluebird taxi that took us safely to the airport, or a Micra that seemed to last forever, outliving every other car in the family. To some enthusiasts the name recalls an exciting Fairlady sports car, a Silvia or one of the inimitable Z coupes. Others remember with affection an indestructible Patrol or a useful little Vanette, utilitarian vehicles in everyday use for their job of work. All of these, and many more, are described in this Auto Review publication. Now that Japanese car firms lead the world, it is hard to believe how late Japan was to arrive on the automotive scene. Japanese military expansionism in the early 20th century left little scope for development of a domestic market in motor vehicles. In 1936 almost two million cars were registered in Britain; by contrast there were only just over 50,000 in Japan. In 1957 only 150 or so Japanese cars were exported to Europe. By 1971 this had risen to 200,000, with Nissan making a large contribution. Nissan was among the first Japanese vehicle makers, its products often badged as Datsun. Nissan later merged with competitors Prince and Aichi. Subsequent growth was phenomenal, aided by Nissan establishing assembly plants around the world. Nissan’s Sunderland factory became the most productive UK car factory of all time, building more than 500,000 vehicles in 2012, more than the entire Italian car industry. Production of the new Infiniti Q30 would begin there in 2015. A cross-ownership deal with Renault enabled Nissan to further capitalise on economies of scale, and the addition of the upmarket Infiniti brand facilitated penetration of the luxury market.
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