SOLD: Nikko Toyota HiLux 4WD

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Nikko Toyota HiLux 4WD
SOLD: AU$350 on 1st October 2015
Scale: 1/10
Type: Ready To Run
Year of release: 1982
Condition: Like New. Clean. 100% working. Seems to have never been used. Has a couple of minor decal flaws.
Battery compartment condition: There are signs of residue that was later cleaned. Both car and transmitter work flawlessly.
Batteries Required: 4 x C, 4 x AA (Car). 8 x AA (Transmitter)

Description

For sale here is a vintage Nikko Toyota HiLux 4WD. This model is 1/10 scale and was released in 1982. It was Nikko’s most advanced and expensive model during their early years of R/C, and was released to the market as a ready-to-run alternative to the Tamiya Toyota 4×4 Pick-Up.

Like the Tamiya model, this vehicle came with remotely-operated gear shift functionality, which was highly advanced for it’s day. It also has remotely operable headlights and roof lights.

The example for sale here is what I would term “Mk2” as it came with an extra feature of flashing LED lights on the roof. Mk1 examples also had roof lights, but they did not actually operate.

In summary, this vehicle’s features are:
– Remotely operated gear shift (Low and High gear)
– Remotely operated headlights and roof lights
– Selectable 4WD vs 2WD (via switch on the underside)
– Front axle differential

This example is in superb condition and appears to have essentially “never been run”. It is spotlessly clean, and has no marks or scuffs on the underside – suggesting it has had virtually no use, and has certainly never seen dirt. The tyres are soft and fresh, like brand new.

There are a couple of tiny marks on the bumper (but almost nothing). There are signs of residue that has later been cleaned from the battery compartments (but the compartments are clean now and both car and transmitter operate flawlessly). And there is some wear to the stripe stickers on the front bonnet.

Apart from that, this example is truly stunning. It is complete with nothing missing. It has been tested carefully on a clean surface, and operates as flawlessly as the day it was made.

Don’t miss the chance to add this gorgeous, scale Toyota HiLux 4WD to your vintage R/C collection. You may never find another example of this classic, in such near-mint condition.

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

History

The Nikko Toyota HiLux 4WD was Nikko’s premiere R/C model in the early 1980s. At 1/10 scale, it’s complex features, such as remote gear shifting and headlights, were only rivalled by their 1/10 Audi Quattro model. And it was clearly produced to offer the market a cheaper alternative to the highly complex Tamiya 4×4 Pickup kit model. If you didn’t have the patience for building a kit, then here was a highly realistic, 1/10 Toyota HiLux that was ready to be enjoyed right of the box. By the standards of today, the Nikko model is a ready-to-run R/C toy unlike anything you will see anymore, and reminds us of the quality and scale realism of toys back in the 1980s – even the so-called non-hobby grade models. It would be fair to say that it is now an unmissable item for collectors of retro Toyota HiLux toys and models. And it’s a somewhat underrated classic in my opinion that was very expensive in it’s day, and now deserves it’s place in the vintage R/C hall of fame. And if you’re a vintage Nikko R/C collector, then to put it simply – the Toyota HiLux 4WD should be #1 or #2 on your hit list.

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