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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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1989 Tyco Turbo Indy

tyco logo very small19892616-499.6vTurboPack sml 25km/h

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4.3 out of 5
Beautiful Indycar model with the Pennzoil livery, slicks, pistol grip, and 9.6V. Nice!
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Review CommentBeautiful Indycar model with the Pennzoil livery, slicks, pistol grip, and 9.6V. Nice!


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The Tyco Turbo Indy is a 1/18 scale radio controlled car, manufactured by Taiyo (Japan), and released into the US, UK, and other markets worldwide in 1989.

This Turbo Indy is an upgraded version of the previous years 1988 Indy Turbo Pennzoil Rick Mears.

Features and Updates

This updated version swaps out the 8xAA Batteries with the Tyco 9.6v Turbo Battery Pack, much more convenient and economical than burning through AA batteries.

It also comes with a Pistol Grip controller, better than the boxy old controller of its predecessor, and also does away with the references to Rick Mears, perhaps no longer associated with the car.

2616 49 Tyco 1989 Turbo Indy Box Front Zoom
An absolutely mint condition #2616-49
1989 Turbo Indy, as good as it looked as the day it went on sale. Look at the chrome wheels, arrggh!


The Tyco Turbo Indy has the following specifications:

  • 1/18 scale chassis with full function control
  • 9.6v Turbo Battery Pack
  • Slick Rubber Tires, excellent for smooth indoor surfaces
  • Front Suspension

As a lightweight model with grippy slicks and a 9.6V Turbo Pack this is going to be alot of fun, especially on smooth surfaces (drifting). It’s predecessor had a claimed speed of 25km/h (16mph), so this should equal that at least.

2416 49 Tyco Pennzoil Indy Turbo Features Upscaled
Features of the Tyco Indy Turbo Pennzoil


Just looking at photos of a perfectly kept ’89 Tyco Turbo Indy shows you just how good these all were upon release, and while I doubt I’d afford a MIB/Mint In Box myself, I’m glad we can all share these photos of a classic late 80s R/C beauty.

These 1989 versions with a battery pack are not as common as the original 1988 versions with 8xAA battery compartments, and are superior in both the convenience of a battery pack, and the better pistol grip controller (both are 9.6V Turbo). While both versions are excellent, this is the one to get if you have a choice, and therefore it’s likely to be slightly more expensive.

As with all rubber tire R/C from the 1980s, be sure to check for any signs of deterioration/decomposition, it’s relatively common in all slick tire Taiyo. So far I’m not sure whether its due to UV/Sun exposure, or simply the batch of material used, but you can identify it in photos by the rough orange peel, dimpled surface of the rubber tires as shown at the bottom of that page.


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    This average price is based on 23 sales we have recorded (max 10 shown).

    03 Sep 2023$95UsedBuy1988 tyco taiyo r/c radio control miller indy turbo car works!!
    02 Sep 2023$102.5Brand NewAuctionTyco r/c radio control indy turbo with turbo power boost pennzoil
    21 Aug 2023$51UsedAuctionVintage tyco r/c 9.6v turbo indy cars, 2 chassis, lots of spares!
    20 Aug 2023$81UsedAuctionVintage tyco r/c 9.6v twin turbo indy post marlboro ban car #3
    13 Aug 2023$69.99UsedBuyTyco indy turbo dominos pizza mobile oil indy rc car / read description
    13 Aug 2023$45UsedBuyVintage tyco r/c kraco turbo indy car indycar - see description!
    12 Aug 2023$85UsedBuyVintage 1987 tyco r/c 9.6v (8aa) turbo die hard indy car
    07 Aug 2023$85UsedBuyVintage tyco r/c 9.6v twin turbo indy very rare 1990 post marlboro ban car #3
    06 Aug 2023$24.99UsedBuy🏁💥 vintage 1987 tyco r/c kraco turbo indy car andretti parts nice tires read!
    06 Aug 2023$44.99UsedBuyTyco indy turbo dominos pizza mobile oil indy car r/c turbo
    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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