Volvo was set up in 1915, a subsidiary of the SKF ball bearing firm. In 1927 the first car was built in Gothenburg, the ÖV4 Jakob, the first lorry in 1928. In 1935 AB Volvo became an independent company with its own engine production plant after the acquisition of Penta. the first Volvo bus appeared in 1934, and the company grew in the 1930s, adding aero engine production as war clouds loomed. In the postwar years Volvo cars (the PV444-544, Amazon and others) as well as their trucks and buses, gained a worldwide reputation for their sturdy construction and reliability. In the 1970s Volvo took over Daf cars, thus extending their range to include smaller vehicles. From the 1980s onwards Volvo’s share of the car market declined as more competitors entered their premium market. In 2000 Volvo Group sold their car-making division to the Ford Motor Co, who sold it on in 2010 to Geely of China. The bus and truck side of the business prospered, however. In 2001 Volvo Group acquired Renault (and Mack) trucks, in return for which Renault got 20% of Volvo Group. In 2007 Volvo took over Nissan Diesel, the Japanese commercial vehicle firm. For publication in 2016 Q4
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