SOLD: Gama Land Rover

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Gama Land Rover
SOLD: AU$550 on 17th May 2015
Scale: 1/10
Type: Ready To Run
Year of release: 1981
Condition: NIB (New In Box). Complete. Mint.

Description

Perhaps your only chance for many years, to find a Gama Land Rover that is unused, and still new in the box.

The Gama Land Rover was released in about 1981, and this example is mint in box – never run. Please see the photos of the underside and the tyres to be assured that this car is brand new.

The Gama Land Rover was an incredible 1/10 scale vintage R/C toy Land Rover manufactured in Japan by Matsushiro in 1981, and which was both highly realistic and came with some fun accessories to expand the play options, in particular a separate inflatable (non R/C) boat with it’s own motor. There are also detachable tools on the bonnet of the car.

This example is complete, and comes with:

– Original Box
– Original Transmitter
– Original Manual
– Original Inflatable Boat with it’s own outboard electric motor.
– Original Bumper bar end guards with screws – still in packet (plus an instruction sheet showing you how to fit them)
– Original Antenna flag
– Original roof netting

All items are BRAND NEW with only a couple of things to mention:

– The cardboard box itself is old and has some wear and repair. But it still has bright colours and presents very well.
– The original roof netting was a soft plastic-fabric type of item. The box depicts it attached to the roof rack, with little bits of wire – however no wire was ever included with these Land Rovers. In the case of this example, the netting is present, but has deteriorated over the years by itself, and is now in a couple of pieces – simply from age. This netting material was always fragile, and I don’t really see how it could be attached to the roof rack without the wiring (not included) anyway. My point being that the netting was always a minor novelty on this item that wasn’t really practical anyway – but I will include what is left of it.

Nothing beats “brand new” when it comes to vintage R/C toys. Given the rarity of this model in any condition, and the impossibility of finding the accessories (particularly the inflatable boat) – you will mostly likely never find another Gama Land Rover in brand new, complete condition like this one. Don’t miss out and good luck.

Please see the photos to understand the condition. Feel free to contact me to find out more.

History

The 1/10 scale Gama Land Rover was made in the very early 1980s, and while the exact year of release is currently still unknown to me, I am estimating 1981 based on my knowledge of other releases under the Gama brand. The real company behind this model is KK Matsushiro – a Japanese company that made a handful of beautiful, high quality R/C toys in the early to mid 1980s – the most famous probably being “The Winch”. In Germany, the Gama company (Georg Adam MAngold) would import and rebrand high quality R/C toys sometimes, and this was undoubtedly one of their most amazing and expensive releases.

This model is a highly authentic, large 1/10 scale R/C Land Rover – the likes of which became famous for their exploits in events like the Camel Trophy in the early 1980s. It has working headlights, and a 2-speed gearbox. The model is 2WD, however it’s use of 6 x C batteries is equivalent to the power used by a typical Tamiya buggy (6 x C cells in a sealed battery pack), so therefore this can can travel with surprising speed for a ready to run vintage toy. Performance is generally excellent thanks to the high quality Digital Proportional transmitter included, which of course also allows you to drive as slowly and realistically as you like. The vehicle even has spring suspension at the front to even out the bumps. The bonnet carries 2 plastic tools (a shovel and an axe) which can be detached, for further variety of play. And the car even came equipped with a working inflatable rubber dinghy with it’s own motor as well.

The Gama Land Rover, manufactured by Matsushiro, was a truly unique R/C toy set – the likes of which you only saw around in the 1980s. Today it has great appeal to both vintage R/C enthusiasts, and fans of vintage full-sized Land Rover vehicles who enjoy collecting scale models.

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