SOLD: Matsushiro “The Winch” 4WD

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Letting this spare model go from my vintage R/C collection…

Matsushiro “The Winch” 4WD
SOLD: AU$180 on 15th July 2018
Condition: 9/10. 100% working. Clean and boxed.
Scale: 1/14
Type: Ready To Run
Year of release: 1984
Batteries Required: 4 x C, 1 x 9volt (Car). 1 x 9volt (Transmitter)

Any vintage R/C model I sell has been personally tested and assessed.
About this example…

✔ 100% vintage. Made by Matsushiro in Japan from 1984.
✔ 100% working. Including 2 speed gearbox, working headlights, and working winch.
✔ Clean condition.
✔ Battery compartments clean.
✔ Transmitter included.
✔ Box good.
✔ Nothing broken.
– Some minor scuffs on the underside of the vehicle.

Conclusion: This Matsushiro “The Winch” is very near new. The car works perfectly including all functions – Digital Proportional, working headlights, and powerful working winch, which is switch selectable from behind the front bumper. Tyres are basically mint. Offered here is the rare army green edition of this model, as opposed to the usual red. The original box and polystyrene base is included, and is in good condition with some wear. Priced according to rarity, condition and past examples I have sold.

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


The Winch was released by the Japanese Matsushiro company in 1984, and was an early R/C 4WD toy based on a 40 series Toyota Land Cruiser. It has a working winch and working headlights, soft rubber tyres, and Digital Proportional transmitter. They were a very high quality toy with notably good reception and response, and really versatile light off-road performance – the sort of little off roader you could take anywhere as a kid, while also looking very scale-like and realistic. Despite not being as well known as rival Japanese brands like Nikko and Taiyo, Matsushiro made very high quality ready to run R/C models and The Winch is now fondly remembered by those who had one (they were particularly popular in the UK). They really exemplify the kinds of R/C toys that were being produced in the 1980s – toys that were both built to last and looked great sitting on the shelf. For any collector of 1980s R/C 4x4s, and particularly those fond of Toyota Land Cruisers, The Winch is a first rate little classic that no collection should be without.

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