SOLD: Joustra Buggy Turbo

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

Joustra Buggy Turbo
Condition: 10/10. New in box.
Scale: 1/16
Type: Ready To Run
Year of release: 1987 (approx)
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…

✔ New in box.
✔ 100% working.
✔ Battery compartments mint
✔ Transmitter included
✔ Tyres are 100% brand new. No cracking.
– The box has some wear.
– A tiny bit of edge wear on a couple of decals, but nothing much.

Conclusion: This Joustra Buggy Turbo is new in the box, never run. This is a basic, Korean-made, vintage R/C model suited to a collector (not someone looking for a toy for their child to play with). Performance is only basic, but it goes, and all functions work. Attractive looks and good tyres, make this a surprisingly nice looking shelf model for fans of mid-1980s R/C frame buggies. 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.


Joustra is an old toy brand from France who, for a time in the 1980s, joined the R/C car craze and released several different models in order to capitalize on this extremely popular toy category. Some early Joustra models were actually made in France by Joustra themselves, while later models were out-sourced from asia. The Joustra “Buggy Turbo” was clearly designed with the Nikko Turbo Panther and Taiyo Jet Hopper market in mind – that is, it was intended to emulate those Japanese best-sellers, and some of the decals on the Buggy Turbo even say “Turbo Leopard” (as opposed to “Turbo Panther”) as clear evidence of who they were copying. The transmitter says “Acetec”, so we can assume this was the name of the short-lived Korean company who made it for Joustra. Rarely found these days, this was a basic 2WD buggy running on 8xAA cells, with a “turbo” feature on the diminutive transmitter handset, and featuring some attractive colours and decals (even some real sponsor logos) in a mid-1980s frame buggy body style. Tyres are soft, nice, rubber spikes. Transmitter is very basic though, and the performance is a little sketchy at times – even straight out of the box. Don’t expect Nikko reception or handling… this was a budget-conscious effort to copy the Nikko Turbo Panther, by the Koreans, and the overall effect is really a rather nice looking, but cheaper little car that is just more basic in all respects when compared to R/C cars coming from Japan at the time. Still, even this model looks and feels better quality than a lot of what’s in toy stores these days. And it’s a nice one to sit on the shelf thanks to it’s big Goodyear logo and LePoint french branding.

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