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1986 Taiyo BMW 325i M3

BRANDYEARMODELPOWERSPEEDDRIVEAVAILABLEMINT VALUE*RATINGCOMMENT
taiyo logo very small198686364xAA Vsml v2 km/h
mph
2WD
Used:
Occasional

NIB:
Rare
value75 150
3.3 out of 5
Not the most inspiring model, though BMW fans may think differently.
Rating
3.3
out of 5
Review CommentNot the most inspiring model, though BMW fans may think differently.

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SPECIFICATIONS

ScaleDiff.Made inMotor
TBANoneJapanTBC
SteeringSuspensionGearBoxFreq.
PassiveTBA2-SpeedBlack(27Mhz)

MODEL REVIEW

This Taiyo BMW 325i M3 is a radio controlled model released into European and other English/French speaking markets in 1986.


8636 Taiyo BMW325i right
Model 8636 Taiyo BMW 325i

Origins

The original model behind Tyco’s 1988 BMW M3, this is an inexpensive, decent quality RC car designed to satisfy the bulk of the market who just wanted a nice looking European Sports Car that was fun to drive.

It didn’t provide the same high performance the Taiyo Jet Hopper MK1 had begun to deliver in the same year, but it was authentic looking enough to capture the attention of the market.


BMW 325i M3
A photo of the real BMW 325i M3, which the Taiyo was modeled after.

Features and Performance

This is a full-function RC car, with 2 speed gearbox, running on 4xAA batteries (4.8V Ni-Cd, 6V Alkaline).

It wasn’t fast by any measure, but it did come fitted with rubber slicks (tires) which made it capable of doing donuts if they floor was smooth enough.


8636 Taiyo Other1
Model 8636-27 Taiyo BMW 325i M3, in red color.

Recommendation

As an RC car, the BMW 325i M3 is somewhat forgettable, but… as a vintage toy, particularly to those who lusted after the real M3 back when it was released, this model may mean alot more. For the rest of us, we can at least appreciate the unmistakable Taiyo Made in Japan quality.

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    VALUE / PRICE HISTORY

    Average Price

    $72.50

    Highest Price

    $85.00

    This average price is based on 2 sales we have recorded (max 10 shown).

    DatePriceConditionTypeTitle
    21 Mar 2023$85UsedBest offer acceptedVTG TYCO R/C MADE BY TAIYO RADIO CONTROL CAR BMW M3 27MHz 80's (Not Working)
    17 Feb 2023$59UsedBest offer acceptedTAIYO - R/C 1/20 Scale Electric Radio Control BMW M3 - Made in Japan
    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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