SOLD: Matsushiro Speed Buggy XR-311

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

Matsushiro Speed Buggy XR-311
SOLD: AU$170 on 18th September 2017
Condition: 9/10. 100% working. Clean and boxed.
Scale: 1/10
Type: Ready To Run
Year of release: 1981
Batteries Required: 6 x C (Car). 6 x AA (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 1981.
✔ 100% working. Including 3 speeds and working headlights.
✔ Clean condition
✔ Battery compartments clean
✔ Transmitter included
✔ Box included
✔ Decals near mint.

– There has been a tiny repair to the windcreen frame, but it’s not noticeable.
– Tyres are 99%. They look new.
– Box is quite worn, but has been restored as much as possible

Conclusion: This Matsushiro Speed Buggy XR-311 is in really beautiful shape. Clean, and only lightly used. Barely any flaws, and very presentable. Sold under “Schuco” branding in Europe, these were beautiful cars, made with very high quality. Priced according to rarity, condition, demand, and past examples that have sold.

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


With Nikko dominating the 1/10 ready-to-run R/C market in the early 1980s, another Japanese R/C company – Matsushiro, or “K.K. Matsushiro” as they were initially known, was sometimes overlooked. Yet they made several highly realistic, and beautifully smooth-operating off-road R/C cars from the early to mid 1980s, the first of which was the 1/10 scale “Speed Buggy XR-311”, also called the “Super Big 8 XR-311”. Obviously inspired by Tamiya’s late 1970s XR-311 R/C kit, it had similar looks but in a ready-to-run form, complete with a poseable vinyl driver figure whose arms move and who can be posed holding onto the steering wheel. The vehicle features Digital Proportional control, a 3-way gearbox, and a separate switch to turn the headlights on. With large, soft rubber tyres, and actually very nimble speed (faster than many of the Nikkos) this was a really entertaining off-road vehicle. Every bit the equal, if not better than, the releases from Nikko, these vehicles also found their way out of Japan and into Europe, usually under Schuco branding.

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