SOLD: Yonezawa Cheetah 4WD Custom

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

Yonezawa Cheetah 4WD Custom
SOLD: AU$130 on 23rd September, 2016
Scale: 1/16
Type: Ready To Run
Year of release: 1983
Batteries Required: 4 x AA, 1 x 9 volt (Car). 1 x 9 volt (Transmitter)

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

✔ 100% working, including the 4WD transmission and working headlights
✔ Clean
✔ Battery compartments clean
✔ Transmitter included
✔ Box included
✔ Tyres are about 99% new. No cracking.
✔ Antenna flag still present.
✔ Decals are excellent, near mint.
– One rear vision mirror is present, but the other one is missing. This is the only real flaw.
– There are light scuffs to the front bumper and a tiny bit to roll bar edges.
– Box & polystyrene based are fair/good.

Conclusion: Overall, this ultra-rare Cheetah 4WD Custom from Yonezawa, is in rare fully working condition, and near mint in presentation (with the exception of that missing rear vision mirror). Carefully tested and verified by a long time enthusiast, this is one for the collector of early scale R/C off-road models. 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.


In the early 1980s, the old Japanese toy company Yonezawa, which had been well-known for their tin toys in the 1960s and 70s, moved into the booming R/C market with a range of detailed and attractive models of various scales. Among them, the exclusive Lamborghini Cheetah off-roader (a one-time prototype from the Italian marque) served as the inspiration for their “Cheetah 4WD Custom” model, a highly presentable 1/16 R/C car with soft rubber tyres, bright working headlights, 2 speeds and 4WD transmission. Powered by 4 x AAs + 1 x 9 volt battery, this is a slow model that moves at a realistic speed for its scale. The detailed body style and it’s availability at Dick Smith stores in Australia in the mid 1980s, had me wishing I owned one of these great looking Cheetahs for many years. Extremely rare in any condition today, it will appeal to R/C collectors of pre-buggy off-road vehicles, and those interested in the legendary Lamborghini Cheetah.

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