SOLD: Tandy/Radio Shack Buggy Special Turbo

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

Tandy/Radio Shack Buggy Special Turbo
SOLD: AU$130 on 10th April 2017
Scale: 1/16
Type: Ready To Run
Year of release: 1989
Batteries Required: 8 x AA (Car). 1 x 9v (Transmitter)

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

✔ New in box
✔ 100% vintage. Original and first release of this model. Made by Nikko in Singapore, for Tandy/Radio Shack, in 1989.
✔ 100% working. Including 2 speeds.
✔ Battery compartments mint
✔ Transmitter included
✔ Box included
✔ Paperwork included
✔ Tyres are 100%. No cracking.
✔ Nothing broken.
✔ Decals mint.
✔ Box & polystyrene base very good.

Conclusion: A stunning example of the Tandy / Radio Shack Buggy Special Turbo. Unused, and flawless. You will not find better. Extremely rare in new condition – one of the last in the world. Priced according to rarity, condition, demand, and past examples I have sold.

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


The Tandy/Radio Shack Buggy Special Turbo was custom manufactured by Nikko, for Tandy/Radio Shack Corporation, where it was sold in 1989. Taking some of it’s design cues from the Tamiya Bigwig, it was one of Tandy’s mid-level ready-to-run offerings that year, and by taking 8xAA batteries it was a fast and yet easy to drive 2WD buggy. Featuring a working rear differential, 2 gear speeds, “Turbo” function on the transmitter, and a very responsive trigger-style radio (with steering that works independently of forward/reverse movement, unlike some of the Taiyo offerings of the era) this was a really fun and easy buggy to drive. As with all Nikko-made R/C vehicles in the 1980s, it was made from quality materials (solid plastics, flexible bumper, soft but long-lasting rubber tyres), the kind you don’t find these days in ready-to-run R/C cars in toy stores.

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