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1980 Taiyo BMW 3.5 CSL

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Ultra Rare
value200 300
3.7 out of 5
One of the first full function Taiyo R/C cars - a true vintage toy collectors item
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Review CommentOne of the first full function Taiyo R/C cars - a true vintage toy collectors item

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The Taiyo BMW 3.5 CSL Radio Racer is an early radio controlled car manufactured by Taiyo (Japan), and released into global market in 1980.

Early indication of greatness

Initially I had a very hard time believing this was a 1980 model, with its full function controls and 2 channel radio, however it very much is, just six years before the Taiyo Jet Hopper would change the face of toy and model R/C across the world.

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Model 8002 Taiyo BMW CSL 3.5

And what an incredible looking machine it is, designed in the 1970s and first released in 1980 globally, this was one of the first true ‘Full Function’ radio control toys released by Taiyo Japan, and sold under various brand names such as Taiyo, Dickie, and Metro around the world.

Inspiration for the Jet Hopper / Turbo Hopper

With its rudimentary steering mechanism and 3xAA battery power (plus a 9V to drive the radio circuitry!) this isn’t a performance model by any means, however it was these toys that would inspire Australian George Tauber and staff to leave for Japan seeking the manufacturer who could create a more “dynamic” off-road radio control car, eventually leading to the 1986 Taiyo Jet Hopper / 1986 Metro Jet Hopper, otherwise known as the Tyco Turbo Hopper!

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Underneath we can see the simple chassis and large steering rack with center pin

Looking undereath the car reveals the rudimentary steering system with its center brass pin, and large (square) plastic ‘block’ that sat atop the steering column and housed the steering servo. Moving this bulk around, with no suspension of any type, however for one of the first low cost radio control vehicles, it was revolutionary at the time – particularly for a toy you could pick up at your local department store.

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The Taiyo / Tyco Radio Controller first seen in 1980, lasted in overall style well into the 1990s.

First appearance of the classic R/C controller

Shipping with the Taiyo 2-Channel Radio Controller, a design that would be maintained by Taiyo, Tyco, and Dickie well into the 1990s, though saw many variations making it smaller and cheaper to manufacture until it was finally replaced around 1995 with an entirely new design.


It is difficult to rate these very early Taiyo vehicles, as someone not born in the generation that sees them nostalgic, while still appreciating their historical importance both for Toy R/C, and the Taiyo company itself, I’m not someone who owns one but I understand there is a collectors market for these models and can fully appreciate why. A true vintage toy, and collectors item.

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    This average price is based on 10 sales we have recorded (max 10 shown).

    23 Nov 2023$41.06UsedBuyVintage taiyo radio racer controlled bmw 3.5 csl (collector condition) t4/12:10
    11 Sep 2023$20.21UsedAuctionVintage taiyo radio racer radio controlled bmw 3.5 csl (full working order)
    11 Sep 2023$19.42UsedAuctionVintage taiyo radio racer radio controlled bmw 3.5 csl (full working order)
    10 Aug 2023$99.99UsedBuySuper rare vtg. 80's bmw 3.5csl #88 "radio control" rc taiyo tiny please read
    25 Mar 2023$19.95UsedAuctionTaiyo radio controlled bmw 3.5 csl 8002-27 requires repair boxed vintage 40850
    21 Mar 2023$85UsedBest offer acceptedVtg tyco r/c made by taiyo radio control car bmw m3 27mhz 80's (not working)
    04 Mar 2023$24.92UsedAuctionVintage taiyo remote controlled radio racer bmw 3.5 csl boxed working
    17 Feb 2023$59UsedBest offer acceptedTaiyo - r/c 1/20 scale electric radio control bmw m3 - made in japan
    30 Jan 2023$220.21Brand NewBest offer acceptedVintage rare taiyo toy bmw z1 radio control in mint condition rc car packaging
    12 Dec 2022$49.2Pre-ownedAuctionVgc in box, minor sticker damage
    Prices in USD. NIB = New In box, MIB = Mint in Box, EC = Excellent Condition, VGC = Very Good Condition, GC+ = Good condition plus, GC = Good condition, PC = Poor Condition. With Controller = Car with controller. With Box = Box, Car, and Controller. We make all efforts to ensure data is accurate, but cannot guarantee it is.


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