Porsche 934 Turbo RSR
Model Number: 58001

Released

4-DEC-76

Drive

2WD rear

Suspension

Rear motor pod is springloaded

Chassis Description

Aluminium plate

Body Type

ABS hardbody

Motor

RS-360S

Similar

Evolved into kit 58002, 935

Original Price

9800 Yen

Width

168mm

Length

370mm

Height

105mm

Scale

1/12th

The year 1976, Tamiya had just spent zillions designing & tooling up to make a 1/12th plastic kit of the Porsche Carrera RSR (including buying a 911 for complete stripdown just to get the dimensions right).

The finally finished static kit was selling in reasonable numbers but not yet breakeven... how to sell more?

Whilst the boardmembers mulled... loud droning noise pierced the air:

'That stupid new accounts clerk Fumito Taki, playing with his silly RC airplane', mumbled one.

'Taki-kun is just crazy into all things RC', agreed another.

'Dirty smelly noisy hobby engines', commented a third.

*** ff 12 mths l8r ***
Tamiya's RA1201, priced at JPY9800 for the kit and approx JPY17000 including radio (an extraordinarily exhorbitant sum in those days), sells over ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITS in its First Year!!!

This, from a guy to whom most said 'There you go again, just playing around with your toys again'.

So let this be a lesson - Be Bold, Breakout! (Description originally entered by Pandabear)






Reviews

Kokuzu

10/19/2011 10:43:15 AM

I can remember this car in real races and very rare short reports shown in the sport TV series (sportschau) of the German TV.
It was dominated by soccer, soccer and again - soccer. Occasionally you could see a review of the formula 1 race at the Nürburgring, but only for 2 or 3 minutes before they went back to report in details about the regional soccer results or the goal of the month.
Anyways, this car kind of burned itself in my memory as 'Vaillant' was at that time sponsoring it and the Company actually produced heating systems. I am wondering if any of you were aware of that....
I don't know in which year, but I know I always wanted one readio controlled car but never got it because we could not afford to buy all the periphery, like the radio, the electrics etc...

I still have the static kit my dad built around the late 70ies. He painted it metallic green to match the golden BBS wheels, and he did not apply the Vaillant livery which got lost as well as the box or the instructions.

I have meanwhile collected two RC versions for resto, loads of original parts and I also have 3 static cars (1 NIB, 1 built and the original old one from my dad).

442xcar

12/19/2008 12:50:43 AM

Can't believe that no reviews have been written on 'The' kit since 2003? It took me forever to get my hands on a MIB. Maybe it has something to do with the popularity of the Tamtec re-issues. They definately have the looks. For me, this kit is pure hardbody nostolgia. The closest I could get to one as a kid was to drool on the picture in the catalog. Yes, it didn't take long for these dinosoars to be taken out of production and relegated to the dustbins, but they still have that special bling! Few kits since late 1976 can rival the detail and pure attitude of a well built 934 RSR. My MIB begs to be built, but there seems to be plenty of old built cars out there that continue to be found (in the very bottom of those dust bins). I think I'll find a nice resto project to satisfy the builder in me. A kit is only MIB once, but a car can be rebuilt or restored a million times. Long live kit #1!!!!!!

Tamiya1/10

7/18/2003 9:15:37 AM

Is July, 2003. Has anyone see the asking price, US$1,500.00+ for the 934 NIB at e-bay? (I recall few months ago the Black 934 was sold on e-bay for $2900? more ore less. Is crazy! Yes, is the 1st or 2nd or 3rd or whatever RC from Tamiya therefore is should worth it because is a Tamiya original. Personally, I don't think is worth it at all. If I have a sheet metal folding press, I think I can make the chassis, is all 90 degree bend and add a 1/12 scale body, may not be the "Porsche". Is very primitive. Unlike the SS or the 3 spds the parts are quite complicated and not easily duplicated. Does the car perform will. What do you think? Is the body detailed and unique? What do you think? The vocal minority or political correct individuals will disagree with me and will site examples like 1920 dinky cars are just a folded metal box and people pay $5000.00 for it or the IRIS painting? purchased by Sony? for $50 million? several years ago etc.... If someone actually buy it at the current crazy price, I have some IT and Northern stocks that I am willing to sell it at 1/2 what I paid for and as a bonus, whoever buys all my Northern shares I'll throw in a NIB Porsche 934 Turbo by Tamiya.

MiniManiac

7/8/2003 3:22:29 PM

Wow, What can i say about this car. I wasnt born when this car was in production. However i am lucky enough to own one. It doesnt have the collectablility of your run of the mill sand scorcher, but when a radio controlled car, has a body as detailed as this one, then it deserves to be appreciated a tad more than it is. The way the body fits together is also a great achievment from tamiya, not poor moulding here.

the chassis, as you would expect from a 1976 radio controlled car is about as basic as you can get. A few plates of metal stuck together, and yet flimsy but strong enough to provide it with some form of suspension. Having said this, the rear does have a dedicated suspension situated under the moter holding plate.

The wheels and tires are as detailed as the body itself infact i dont think i can fault the car in any way, apart from, if you stick a standard 540 in it it becomes uncontrolably fast due to its light weight. A must have for any collection, even for its historical value.

PandaBear

10/21/2002 4:38:03 AM

Wow... people used to RACE these?? Totally rudimentary chassis design, essentially plates of aluminium bolted together. Ultra-detailed rubber tyres more suited to static display, the drivetrain was basic yet the rearend was sprung & even had a differential. Bodyshell came in ~101 parts that had to be glued together then advisedly "reinforced". To its credit, Tamiya labelled these as only "Suitable for Radio Control".


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