Between 1919 and 1989, Duple Coachbuilders have been associated with the majority of the great names in British coach and bus designs, working with equally well-known UK chassis producers to bring a wide range of public transport vehicles to our roads. Duple Bodies & Motors was formed in 1919 by Herbert White in Hornsey, London. Before World War I he had briefly built cars under the Bifort name down in Hampshire. He developed the name Duple following an idea he had in which the name was intended to convey the principle of a single vehicle being suitable for a dual role. The type had enormous appeal to small business owners in particular who had a working van/private vehicle by merely removing the decking at the rear of the car and fitting a van top.
The 1950s saw stiff competition for bodybuilders and together with workers’ strikes Duple suffered quite badly and moved from London to Leicestershire, namely Kegworth and then Loughborough at which point the business was renamed Duple Motor Bodies (Midland) Ltd. Competitors kept the company on its toes and new designs were introduced to combat its rivals. Company acquisitions were also made including Burlingham of Blackpool. In 1961 the permitted length for coaches was increased to 36 ft with a maximum width of 8ft 2 ½”, which meant larger vehicles to be produced. In 1964, Duple launched the Commander, built initially at the Hendon works but subsequently in the Blackpool factory.
In a favourite livery of Southdown with its signature two-tone dark and light green colour scheme with black and gold dropped shadow lettering, heading for Devon and Cornwall. External trim is finished in silver. Our model is registered HCD 385E from 1967. The interior features a beige floor, green seating and grey fittings. The new tooling on the Duple Commander allows for variations to front and rear wheels, additional roof windows and vents and various front grille options.
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