SOLD: Taiyo Jet Racer 4WD

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Taiyo Jet Racer 4WD
SOLD: AU$220 on 27th July 2015
Scale: 1/14
Type: Ready To Run
Year of release: 1987
Condition: Near New In Box. Excellent. 100% Working.


This Taiyo Jet Racer 4WD is an original first release Taiyo Jet Racer 4WD. This car was known as the Metro Bullet in Australia, and features twin-motors, 4WD transmission and “Turbo” function on the transmitter.

This example is in stunning condition, with only some light scuffs along the underside of the front bumper edge, and a few very light marks underneath, near the gearbox casing. There are one or two decals with slight edgewear – very minor. There are some traces of dust on the inside of the wheel rims. But if this car has been run much at all, it’s in “run once” condition.

The tyres are basically “as new” with sharp edges on the spikes. It’s very clean. About as close to brand new as you can get, aside from those scuffs to the underside. A true shelf display piece.

The car has been tested by carefully holding it aloft (not on the floor) – it is 100% working in all aspects.

The box is perhaps a 7 out of 10, with some edgewear, but no major flaws. The images on all sides still present very well. The transmitter is “as new”.

The early “black box” Taiyo buggies are among my favourite ready-to-run vintage R/C models, due to their high quality, great looks and real sponsor decals. All early Taiyo models were Made In Japan. This is a rare chance to add a truly excellent Jet Racer 4WD to your collection.

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


The Taiyo Jet Racer is a 4WD off road racing buggy featuring “Turbo” and twin motors, and was released in 1987. This car was the bigger brother to the Jet Fighter (which was 2WD) and was one of the next buggies released by Taiyo after the immense success of their “Jet Hopper” in 1986. The Jet Racer is a more sophisticated vehicle than the Jet Hopper or the Jet Fighter, featuring twin motors and a top speed of around 25km/h. Much like the Jet Fighter, it’s looks were inspired by real racing buggies, and it features many real world sponsor decals. The Jet Racer was Taiyo’s most premium buggy for it’s time. In Australia, it was sold under Metro/Taiyo branding as “The Bullet”.

From 1986 to 1989, Taiyo released a number of realistic, ready to run off road buggies starting with the Jet Hopper, and all featured classic 1980s buggy looks, and were a lot of fun to drive – not to mention being surprisingly quick at their top speed. These early Taiyo releases came in stylish black boxes, and are quite sought after today by fans of ready-to-run R/C models. Being ready to run, they were all too easy to take out of the box and play with, so hence it’s difficult to find any examples in clean or brand new condition today.

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

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