In 1955, six students , one from Oxford and five from Cambridge , drove two Mk 1 Land Rovers in convoy from London to Singapore. It was the idea of a Cambridge undergraduate, Adrian Cowell, one of the eventual team. The Oxford and Cambridge Far Eastern Expedition , First Overland - as it became known - set off from London, first stop Vienna. Their route then took them through Belgrade to Salonika; then through Turkey, Persia (now Iran), Iraq, Pakistan, India, Burma and then on to Thailand, Malaysia and finally to Singapore, arriving there in 1956.
The Land Rover was relatively new at the time, having been launched in 1948 as the first rough all terrain vehicle on the market, It was to become the workhorse of the era and the most suitable, if not the only vehicle, capable of undertaking such a challenge.
This set of two Series 1 Land Rovers recalls the legendary expedition in authentic miniature, down to the roof racks and tarpaulin-covered equipment and supplies. In the appropriate colours of light blue (Cambridge University) and the dark blue (Oxford University), the models feature a list of the countries the adventurers drove through , each model shows them in a different order. The decoration also includes the sponsors of the day who made the journey possible.
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.
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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