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12th November 2023
If you’re looking for the perfect nostalgic gift from the 80s and 90s, a vintage Tyco Mini Hopper is my pick! They’re great collectors items and are still fairly affordable.

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1988 Tyco Indy Turbo – Pennzoil Rick Mears

BRANDYEARMODELPOWERSPEEDDRIVEAVAILABLEMINT VALUE*RATINGCOMMENT
tyco logo very small19882416-499.6VTurbo8xAA Vsml 25km/h
16mph
2WD
Used:
Occasional

NIB:
Occasional
value75 150
3.8 out of 5
A nicely modelled IndyCar with 9.6V power, perfect for indoors.

SPECIFICATIONS

ScaleDiff.Made inMotor
1/18NoneSingaporeTBC
SteeringSuspensionGearBoxFreq.
ActiveLimited2-SpeedYellow(49Mhz)

MODEL REVIEW

The Tyco Indy Turbo is a 1/18 scale radio control car manufactured by Taiyo (Japan), and released into the US, UK, and other markets worldwide in 1988.

Concept

The Indy Turbo range was one of the first sold by Tyco beginning with their 1986 catalog, and it included various different cars over the years, including:


2416 Tyco IndyTurbo Pennzoil New Left e1683101034455
Model 2416 Tyco Indy Turbo in Yellow/Pennzoil livery

Performance

The Indy Turbo range was based on the Taiyo Grand Prix chassis, which is a 9.6V ‘Turbo’ 8xAA battery powered car, released around the same time as the original Jet Hopper / Turbo Hopper.

The chassis itself is very simple with no suspension in the back, and very limited suspension in the front, revealing its lineage back to the early 80s when Taiyo primarily manufactured on road cars with solid chassis and limited performance.

That would change in 1986 with the first 9.6V car from Taiyo, the Jet Hopper / Turbo Hopper, and subsequently Taiyo’s onroad cars such as the Indy Turbo would also adopt that technology.


2416 49 Tyco Pennzoil Indy Turbo Features
2416 49 Tyco Pennzoil Indy Turbo Features

Features included:

  • 9.6V Turbo Battery Pack
  • Front Suspension
  • Two Speed Gearbox
  • Slick Rubber Racing Tires
  • Modelled after the real Pennzoil Indy Car

Those looking for a larger, or more powerful car of similar design should check out the Taiyo Super Fight F1 (Single Motor)  or Taiyo Super Fight F1 Twin Turbo.

Recommendation

Overall, an interesting model that’s well worth having in your collection, particularly if you’re an IndyCar fan. We’d recommend checking out the 1989 Tyco Turbo Indy article which has photos of a brilliantly brand new model that demonstrates just how good these looked upon release.

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.

The car in this photo gallery appears fine, however the car in the Global/European car photo gallery did show definite signs of rubber rot. See the photo below.  Left on a flat surface, those tires will never return to shape, and may even fall apart in your hands.


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

    VALUE / PRICE HISTORY

    Average Price

    $149.99

    Highest Price

    $149.99

    This average price is based on 1 sales we have recorded (max 10 shown).

    DatePriceConditionTypeTitle
    $149.99UsedBest offer acceptedTwo Cars (poor) plus controllers
    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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