SOLD: Tamiya Monster Beetle Quick Drive

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

Tamiya Monster Beetle Quick Drive
SOLD: AU$300 on 30 December 2017
Condition: 10/10. New in box.
Scale: 1/14
Type: Ready To Run
Year of release: 1990
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% vintage. Made by Tamiya in Malaysia from 1990.
✔ 100% working. Including 2 speed gearbox.
✔ Battery compartments clean
✔ Transmitter included
✔ Extra decals included
✔ All paperwork included
✔ Battery charger included
✔ Box mint
✔ Tyres are 100% brand new. No cracking.
✔ Decals mint.

Conclusion: This Tamiya Monster Beetle Quick Drive is brand new in box, complete with all parts. Absolutely mint, complete with all paperwork, box inserts, decals – the lot. Very rare in such pristine, untouched condition. Ready for you to fit the body to the chassis, and off you go. Please note: batteries are not included (despite the old sticker on the box). 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.


By the late 1980s, ready-to-run R/C vehicles were beginning to impact the sales of traditional kit-based 1/10 R/C vehicles. Around this time, Tamiya Corporation decided to complement their range of 1/10 scale kit-based R/C cars, with a line of 1/14 scale ready-to-run R/C cars under the sub-brand of “Quick Drive”. The Monster Beetle Quick Drive represented one of the most popular of these releases – a slightly smaller (though still large) edition of Tamiya’s famous 1986 Monster Beetle R/C kit, this time ready to go with a transmitter in the box and requiring almost no assembly. Just attached the body, apply some extra decals if you like, and the car is done. Featuring two gear speeds, very large balloon tyres, a digital proportional transmitter with changeable crystals, and great looks just like its bigger brother, the Monster Beetle Quick Drive is a nimble performer off road. It was sold widely across hobby and toy stores in the early 1990s.

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