John Isaac Thornycroft designed a steam carriage in 1862, and in 1864 he set up the Steam Carriage and Wagon Co in Chiswick. Official antipathy to steam carriages meant that, having also designed a small steam launch, he instead set up a shipyard as John I Thornycroft and Co, building the Royal Navy’s first torpedo boat. He retained his interest in road vehicles, however. In 1896 a lightweight vertical steam launch engine was fitted into a van. Production versions were soon selling well, and in 1898 a new works was opened in Basingstoke. In 1902 steam wagon production was licensed to Stewart of Glasgow as the Stewart-Thornycroft, and in 1904 the shipyard moved from Chiswick to Southampton. Steam vehicle production at Basingstoke ceased in 1907, replaced by motor vehicles, which had first been produced in 1902. From 1903 to 1912 Thornycroft also built luxury cars. After 1907 the two Thornycroft concerns were separate firms; shipbuilding in Southampton and road vehicles in Basingstoke, plus a boatyard for smaller craft on the Thames at Hampton. In 1948 the vehicle firm was renamed Transport Equipment (Thornycroft) Ltd to further separate it from the shipbuilding company, and in 1961 it was taken over by Associated Commercial Vehicles Ltd, the group which also owned AEC. ACV was itself absorbed by Leyland a year later. In the early 1970s, as sales diminished, Thornycroft vehicle production ceased, to avoid internal competition with Leyland-owned Scammell, which sold to similar markets. In 1966 the Southampton shipbuilding firm merged with Vosper & Co, and Vosper Thornycroft became a single entity in 1970, soon renamed the VT Group.
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