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£10 from the dump !!!!!!!!!!!
(Recycle center, local tip, garbage disposal site or whatever you know it as)
Absolutely a once in a lifetime find for me!
Its only been run a few times by the look of it, none of the rubber looks perished or deteriorated at all and I cant see any parts missing.
The body is broken though - split down the middle of the bonnet, cracked roof and a stress mark on the bed. It looks like perhaps 'stepped on it' or storage type damage as there are no 'crash' marks anywhere on the body or chassis.
The body is unpainted and only part stickered, the rest are in the box. The manual is there and in perfect condition, no dog ears or creases.
Also in the box was a tamiya catalogue and R/C car guidebook from 1984, again in perfect condition. In the Tamiya catalogue is a hand written list of the deal prices of the day of the 'off road' type cars from the Grasshopper (£96.99) to the Blazing Blazer (£210.00). The Ranger/Scorcher/Rider is listed as £131.97.
The box is reasonable I guess, there is a tear on one side and the box has been held closed with parcel tape.
I havent even taken the radio box cover off yet, but it is fitted with the radio gear/servo's. No transmitter though. Maybe I'll look for the one I used for my Super Champ I had during the early 80's (Dont have the Champ any more unfortunately). I saw it about 2 house moves ago, so there may be a slim chance its still around somewhere.
No way am I going to run it. There's not even a scuff mark or sress mark on the front bumber, and I want to keep it that way!!
I've put it as a project but the chassis only really needs a clean, no real 'restoration', the body is a bit of a dilema - what to do with it.
An unplanned but great addition to the collection, I havent even handled one of these chassis' since the 80's when I ran my Super Champ and my brother had a Sand Scorcher. Just like being a kid again!