Hi, let's answer one by one:
did the Optima mid come with a motor? If so, which one?
Yes it did, LE MANS 240 ST
Also, mine has metal bushings except for the 2 diffs which have bearings, did it come with all ball bearings?
Early versions of Optima Mid came with metal bushings evrywhere except the diffs. the one you have is the early version. later it came with ball bearings everywhere.
the early version manual is here: http://www.vintagerc.../optima_mid.pdf
and the later version manual is here: http://www.retromode...mid-kyosho.html
From an online manual it should have come with a mechanical speed controller, but I cant find any, if anyone can confirm that it did come with a MSC can u post a pic of it so I know what to look for?
It came with MSC, many photos can be found in tamiyaclub showrooms: http://www.tamiyaclu...a mid&offset=20
One last thing, mine came with the Kyosho platinum shocks, I think the turbo optima came with them but I doubt mine is turbo (has dogbones at all 4 corners and no sway bars). So I need the gold ones, but shouldnt the platinum ones be the better ones? Thanks!
the Optima Mid came with the gold shock, the priviuos owner probably changed them, from my experience the gold were better, but the platinuim were also good if they're not leaking.