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Cheetah NIB & another very rare kit with under 17 on this TC site compared to the common XR311! This is a Japanese early version with a MINT outer box super strong & bright non faded box art colours plus internals & blisters are MINT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tamiya's second 'off road' style car - heavily based on the XR-311 which was Tamiya's 4th car.
Obvious differences are the body - however there was an 'upgrade' to this car. The 2-step speed control was changed to a more variable speed one with brake - much the same as we see on the Sand Rover.
The wheels and tyres were also different. Chassis is the same, but assembled with slightly shorter wheelbase than the XR311.
Torsion bar suspension was very fragile - as was basically the whole car. Steering was to say the least 'indirect'. As a result of this the car was very unstable and hard to control.
The saving grace, as with just about all tamiya cars, was the tremendous realism incorporated into the styling of the body - and the general look of the car.
A nice one to have in the collection if you can find one it's now 2017 & they are like looking for a needle in a haystack !