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1987 Tyco Indy Turbo Kraco

BRANDYEARMODELPOWERSPEEDDRIVEAVAILABLEMINT VALUE*RATINGCOMMENT
tyco logo very small19872415-279.6VTurbo8xAA Vsml km/h
mph
2WD
Used:
Occasional

NIB:
Rare
value75 150
4.1 out of 5
Some of the better early Tyco / Taiyo, fun to drive, and great to look at.
Rating
4.1
out of 5
Review CommentSome of the better early Tyco / Taiyo, fun to drive, and great to look at.

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SPECIFICATIONS

ScaleDiff.Made inMotor
TBANoneSingaporeUnknown
SteeringSuspensionGearBoxFreq.
UnknownLimited2-SpeedYellow(27Mhz)

MODEL REVIEW

The Tyco Indy Turbo is a radio controlled car manufactured by Taiyo (Japan), and released onto the US, UK, and other markets worldwide in 1987.

The yellow and blue variant is based on the real 1986 Kraco Indy Car driven by Michael Andretti


1986 STP Kraco Indy Car (Photo Credit Glenn Bowman)
1986 STP Kraco Indy Car (Photo Credit Glenn Bowman)

Features and Performance

A full function car running on 9.6V with 8xAA batteries is always going to have decent performance, particularly for such a lightweight model with slick rubber tires, performance on a smooth indoor surface is always going to be entertaining.

These Indy Turbo models featured front suspension and a solid rear end, which worked well for the intended purpose, while keeping costs down.


All Indy Turbos in 1987 Catalog
All of the Indy Turbos in the 1987 Catalog

Slick Tire Warning

As we’ve repeatedly stated regarding Taiyo / Tyco models with slick tires, please be very careful when buying sight unseen (or limited photos) as it’s very common for slick tires of all types made by Taiyo to degrade. See the photo at the bottom of this article of tires showing rubber degradation so you’ll know what to look out for.

The best way to avoid this is to buy a model where the tires don’t have any unusual dimpling, orange peel like or rough surface, and ask the seller if the tires are firm or soft. Squeezing the tires they should be firm, not soft.


2415 27 Tyco Indy Turbo Kraco Car Left
An excellent example of model 2415-27 Tyco Indy Turbo KRACO

Recommendation

In my view, the Turbo Indys are some of the better early Taiyo / Tyco models for the money, whether you plan to use yours, or keep it as a shelf queen, it will serve both purposes admirably.

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    VALUE / PRICE HISTORY

    Average Price

    $104.50

    Highest Price

    $299.99

    This average price is based on 8 sales we have recorded (max 10 shown).

    DatePriceConditionTypeTitle
    13 Aug 2023$45UsedBuyVintage tyco r/c kraco turbo indy car indycar - see description!
    06 Aug 2023$24.99UsedBuy🏁💥 vintage 1987 tyco r/c kraco turbo indy car andretti parts nice tires read!
    21 Jul 2023$74.99UsedBuyTyco r/c 1988 racing #18 kraco turbo indy 500 race car
    01 Mar 2023$125NewAuctionNib
    29 Jan 2023$22.5UsedAuctionTyco r/c indy kraco turbo.
    15 Jan 2023$173UsedAuctionEc, in box, battery leak.
    04 Jan 2023$68.87UsedAuctionEc, in box, battery leak.
    25 Dec 2022$299.99Brand NewBest offer acceptedNib.
    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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