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1987 Taiyo Grand Prix (Japan)

BRANDYEARMODELPOWERSPEEDDRIVEAVAILABLEMINT VALUE*RATINGCOMMENT
taiyo logo very small198787309.6VTurbo8xAA Vsml 25km/h
16mph
2WD
Used:
Occasional

NIB:
Occasional
value200 300
3.8 out of 5
Well detailed, speedy 9.6V power, however it's let down by an overly simple chassis.
Rating
3.8
out of 5
Review CommentWell detailed, speedy 9.6V power, however it's let down by an overly simple chassis.

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SPECIFICATIONS

ScaleDiff.Made inMotor
1/16NoneJapanTBC
SteeringSuspensionGearBoxFreq.
PassiveLimited2-SpeedRed(27Mhz)

MODEL REVIEW

The Taiyo Grand Prix is a 1/16 scale radio controlled model manufactured by Taiyo (Japan) and released into the Japanese market in 1987.


8730 Taiyo Grand Prix Front
Front of the Taiyo Grand Prix F-1 R/C car

Features and Performance

The Grand Prix is essentially a highly simplified version of the  Taiyo Super Fight F-1 (Single Motor version) to reduce costs and offer a similar model to a wider range of customers.  And despite its cut-price, the design has what it needs in the right area, plus there’s a few benefits to the approach its taken – namely weight.

Model 8730 Taiyo Grand Prix battery compartment

With such a simple lightweight frame and 8 x AA batteries squeezed into every nook and cranny that could be found, you have a recipe for fun.

Personally I have one of these undergoing restoration but have’nt had a chance to try it yet, though I expect it’s similar to the Tyco Ferrari F-40 in that a 9.6V + slick tire combo brings a smile to your face every time, especially on a smooth surface indoors. RC drifting 80s style!

Passive Steering

Where the ’87 Taiyo may let you down however is in its steering, as these early models are known for their passive steering which means the servo is only active when you’re accelerating or reversing.

This can be a real pain in small indoor areas where tight corning is a must, though won’t matter so much outdoors or anywhere with more room.

With a top speed of 25km/h it’s far from a slouch, especially given its small proportions.

Recommendation

Overall, an interesting model, worth having in your collection so long as you’re aware of the downsides of passive steering and don’t plan to play so much in small indoor spaces.

If you’re looking for something bigger, faster, and more aggressive take a look at the Taiyo Super Fight F-1 (Single) or even better, the Taiyo Super Fight F-1 (Twin Turbo / Dual motor) which may have active steering (one of mine does, one does not).

Warning: Slick Tire Rubber Rot

The tires in this cars photo gallery are in good condition, however if you look at the photo below (taken from the Global / European car – just by chance) you can see small bumps and dimples, a rough surface showing on the rubber.

Left on a flat surface, those tires will develop a flat spot and never return to shape, and will eventually fall apart in your hands. It’s not clear whether this is a result of UV exposure, or just time causing the material to break down, but it’s almost impossible to replace the tires so be careful when buying online to look closely at the tires for the same tell-tale surface pattern.


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

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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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