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1987 Taiyo Grand Prix (Global)

BRANDYEARMODELPOWERSPEEDDRIVEAVAILABLEMINT VALUE*RATINGCOMMENT
taiyo logo very small198788-8730-49.6VTurbo8xAA Vsml 25km/h
16mph
2WD
Used:
Occasional

NIB:
Occasional
value200 300
3.8 out of 5
Text-book Taiyo. It's well detailed, fast, and the slicks are great indoors.
Rating
3.8
out of 5
Review CommentText-book Taiyo. It's well detailed, fast, and the slicks are great indoors.

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SPECIFICATIONS

ScaleDiff.Made inMotor
1/16NoneJapanTBC
SteeringSuspensionGearBoxFreq.
UnknownLimited2-SpeedRed(27Mhz)

MODEL REVIEW

This Taiyo Grand Prix (Global) is a radio controlled model released in European and other English/French speaking markets in 1987.

Performance

It may look similar to the Taiyo Super Fight F-1 (Single Motor), however peaking underneath at the chassis and it’s clearly a completely different design, much simpler than most Taiyo race cars, and no doubt cheaper and easier to produce.

Despite this, with 8xAA batteries squeezed into its small frame, it will provide that 9.6V ‘Turbo’ performance in a small chassis, and combining that with slick tires makes for a lot of fun, especially indoors where it will easily do 360 donuts on a smooth surface.

And with a top speed of 25km/h out of its small chassis, it’s actually pretty cool!


88 8730 4 Taiyo Turbo Grand Prix Front
Model 8730 Taiyo Grand Prix F-1

Passive not Active Steering

As with several other models of this era, whether the model you get has passive or active steering isn’t known, though we suspect the majority are passive steering – it will only turn while its moving forward/backwards which does limit the precision when driving.

Overall, an interesting model, worth having in your collection, though grab the Super Fight F1 (Single, and Dual motor) versions first in our opinion!

Tire Warning

A large proportion of slick tires on Taiyo and Tyco models have been found to suffer from Rubber Rot after 30+ years of UV exposure. This is where the bonds of the rubber which hold it together begin to degrade until these black tires become a kind of putty or dough.

Look closely at the tires in our gallery – if you can notice the rough/patchy surface, that’s a sure sign that the tire is degraded beyond return.


8730 Taiyo Grand Prix Front
Front of the Taiyo Grand Prix F1 R/C car

Rubber Rot
The bumpy surface of these tires hides rubber rot, which will cause the material to degrade and eventually turn to mush.

Recommendation

One of the earliest 9.6V Taiyo R/C models, the Grand Prix is a great model that is well detailed and heaps of fun to drive on a smooth flat surface. Sadly due to the issues with Taiyo’s tire supplier and material degradation from UV it’s going to be hard to find one that’s not severely damaged. Those that have managed to survive are likely to be worth significantly more than other similar models.

 

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    VALUE / PRICE HISTORY

    Average Price

    $171.50

    Highest Price

    $235.00

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

    DatePriceConditionTypeTitle
    18 Oct 2023$175UsedBuyVintage taiyo japan r/c grand prix formula f-1 turbo power w/box 8730-27
    18 Oct 2023$235Brand NewBuyTaiyo grand prix f-1 turbo new old stock unused nib tyco r/c
    18 Oct 2023$175UsedBuyVintage taiyo japan r/c grand prix formula f-1 turbo power w/box 8730-27
    18 Oct 2023$235Brand NewBuyTaiyo grand prix f-1 turbo new old stock unused nib tyco r/c
    25 Nov 2022$162.77Brand newor Best OfferMib
    25 Nov 2022$43.41Pre-ownedBuy it nowVgc with controller
    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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