SOLD: Taiyo Jet Racer 4WD

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

Taiyo Jet Racer 4WD
SOLD: AU$250 on 10th November 2016
Scale: 1/14
Type: Ready To Run
Year of release: 1987
Batteries Required: 8 x AA (Car). 1 x 9volt (Transmitter)

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

✔ 100% working
✔ Clean
✔ Battery compartments clean
✔ Transmitter included
✔ Box included
✔ Tyres are about 98% new. No cracking.
✔ Nothing broken.

– Box & polystyrene base are very good, with minor wear.
– There are only a few very light scuffs to the bumper underside.
– Decals are truly excellent, with only light edge wear on one near the nose, and perhaps a small mark on another.

Conclusion: Overall, stunning example of the Taiyo Jet Racer 4WD in collector condition. Very close to mint this one. But I have acknowledged the tiny level of 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 Taiyo Jet Racer 4WD is an off-road racing buggy featuring “Turbo” and twin motors, which was released in 1987. It was made in Japan by Taiyo. This car was the bigger brother to the Taiyo Jet Fighter (which was 2WD) and was one of the next buggies released by Taiyo after the immense success of the Jet Hopper (also 2WD), which came out in 1986. The Jet Racer 4WD is a little more sophisticated and also has a top speed of 25km/h. Much like the other early Taiyo “black box” series buggies of the 1980s, it’s looks were inspired by real size racing buggies and it features many real sponsor decals. The Jet Racer 4WD was Taiyo’s premium model of the day, and in Australia it was also sold under Metro / Taiyo branding as “The Bullet”. It was also the recipient of the Australian Toy Industry’s “Toy of the Year” award for 1987 – which is a good sign of what a legendary toy it was to own back in 1987.

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