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1987 RadioShack Porsche 962C Turbo

BRANDYEARMODELPOWERSPEEDDRIVEAVAILABLEMINT VALUE*RATINGCOMMENT
taiyo logo very small19878729-Special / 60-40769.6VTurbo8xAA Vsml 31km/h
19mph
2WD
Used:
Common

NIB:
Rare
value200 300
4.5 out of 5
With that killer paint job and gorgeous looks, Twin Turbo 9.6V, Slicks, Taiyo's best controller, and insane box art, Taiyo they really beat themselves at their own game with this one!
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Review CommentWith that killer paint job and gorgeous looks, Twin Turbo 9.6V, Slicks, Taiyo's best controller, and insane box art, Taiyo they really beat themselves at their own game with this one!

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SPECIFICATIONS

ScaleDiff.Made inMotor
1/14NoneSingaporeMabuchi RE-280
SteeringSuspensionGearBoxFreq.
UnknownFront Wishbone, Rear Shocks2-SpeedBlack/Yellow(49Mhz)

MODEL REVIEW

The RadioShack Porsche 962C is a radio controlled model, manufactured by Taiyo of Japan, and released into the US market in 1987.

Differences between Taiyo and RadioShack version

Despite the packaging, enthusiasts will immediately notice that this RadioShack (or Tandy) model is actually a rebadged Taiyo Porsche 962C released in the same year, with some key differences in this model:

  • Striking Yellow/Black Paint
  • Taiyo’s best Pistol Grip HG Controller
  • ‘RadioShack’ molded into the battery cover
  • Absolutely f-a-n-t-a-s-t-i-c box art!
  • Potential mechanical differences (unknown)

For further detail, we recommend you read the main article for the Taiyo Porsche 962C here.

Custom Radio Shack mold – a sign of bigger plans?

This is actually kind of a big deal. RadioShack would have paid extra, a lot extra, to have their own steel injection mold created to allow the RadioShack logo to appear on this part, instead of ‘Taiyo’

While this was normal for Tyco who sold hundreds of thousands of Taiyo toys, it seems unusual for Radio Shack to do this given they only sold perhaps 2-3 Taiyo models.  Or perhaps, was RadioShack planning for a longer term relationship with Taiyo? Many more cars in the future? Sadly we’ll never know.

Do you know of any other RadioShack cars manufactured by Taiyo? I’m aware of this, and the 4×4 Jeep style R/C from the early 80s. Anything else? Let us know below!

Incredible box art

I’m often drawn to the box art of these R/C cars, especially Tyco’s work during the late 80s – early 90s by Ken Smith. Many of Tyco’s best products had his artistry on the front, including the Turbo Bandit, Scorcher 9.6V, and Lamborghini Countach

I was so inspired by his artistry that I recently collected as many of his artworks as I could and fed them into an AI image generation model to train it to paint like him. And the results were pretty spectacular, I think you’ll agree!  Check out my AI designed RC cars here!

Yet the artwork on the Radio Shack’s box is on another level again – the realism and finish clearly had far more time and attention paid than a typical Tyco box… Radio Shack really wanted to make this special and understood the value of great packaging.

Recommendation

The Taiyo Porsche 962C in whatever form it’s in is an absolute classic, and a beauty. However this RadioShack version actually manages to improve on it with its striking yellow and black paint scheme, and absurdly good box art.

If you can afford a good clean one, you won’t be disappointed. For the rest of us, an unboxed model that can possibly be repaired is probably the best you’ll find without remortgaging your house!

Special thanks to zapatosenlamound (ebay) for many of these photos. Porsche for sale here, and other items here.

Price History Note:

So far we’ve only seen low-value sales around $30-60 USD recorded in price history, however these are all broken/damaged cars without the box. A ‘Mint In Box’ or even just an 80% car and box would be highly valuable. I’d estimate several hundred or more for one as shown here, though ultimately it depends if the right buyer is looking on the day.

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    VALUE / PRICE HISTORY

    Average Price

    $35.83

    Highest Price

    $59.99

    This average price is based on 6 sales we have recorded (max 10 shown).

    DatePriceConditionTypeTitle
    19 Apr 2023$99.99UsedBest Offer AcceptedVGC car with controller (no box)
    07 Apr 2023$29.99UsedBest Offer AcceptedVintage Porsche Turbo 962C Radio Shack Race Car RC Radio Controled Racer 49 mHz
    20 Feb 2023$19.99UsedBuy It NowRadio Shack 962C RC Car Porsche Singapore UNTESTED k1
    12 Feb 2023$59.99UsedBest Offer AcceptedFor Parts ** Porsche 962C Radio Shack Race Car RC Radio Control LeMans 49 mHz
    02 Feb 2023$24.99UsedAuctionVINTAGE RADIO SHACK PORSCHE 962C R/C CAR ~ MISSING REMOTE
    24 Jan 2023$20.00UsedAuctionRadio Shack 962C RC Car Porsche Singapore
    11 Jan 2023$59.99UsedBuy It NowVintage Porsche 962C Radio Shack Race Car RC Radio Control 49 mHz *PARTS/REPAIR*
    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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