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Kyosho Porsche 959 Limited Edition – Kyosho Kit No.4281

May 1 by Bart_Banaan

In 1991 Kyosho offered the 1:8 Porsche 959 which was based on a buggy chassis from Hobao called Pirate (RS), Kyosho made only the body and wheels for this model. This unique 1:8 scale on road car, which is really huge, was not designed by Kyosho. Kyosho made the body and wheels only.
The first version of the Kyosho Porsche 959 was sold in a black carton box and the model was based on the Hobao Pirate (RS) buggy. The model was released in 1991 by Kyosho and the chassis was designed by Hobao. Another version of this car was sold as a buggy under Kyosho name, this buggy was called Prestige 4WD.

The first version of the car, the 1991 Hobao Pirate version of the Kyosho Porsche 959, packed in the black carton box, was made in much less quantities than the later (1992) Inferno DX based Porsche 959 version, hence it is very limited in quantities. Kyosho opted to discontinue the Hobao version very quickly and Kyosho replaced the model by the Inferno DX based Porsche 959. This was the only re-release of the Porsche 959 and now it was based on Kyosho Inferno DX chassis and Kyosho added also a Calsonic Skyline GTR R32 and an Audi version of it.

See below the pictures for the Kyosho 1/8th scale Rally cars story…

These are the pictures of the original, Hobao Pirate based, Kyosho Porsche 959 Limited Edition – Kyosho Kit No.4281

Hereunder are the pictures of the 1992 re-release Kyosho model of the the Porsche, this model is based on the Kyosho Inferno DX chassis

The Kyosho 1/8th scale Rally cars story began as below:

1) in 1991 Kyosho offered a 1/8th Porsche 959 which was based on a chassis from a car or buggy called Pirate from Hobao, Kyosho made the body and wheels only. This model is featured here.

2) in 1992 Kyosho re-released the Porsche 959 but this time based on Kyosho Inferno DX chassis, they also made Calsonic Skyline GTR R32 and an Audi version of it.

3) in the mid 90’s Kyosho re introduced the cars mentioned in No.2 above on the same Inferno DX chassis with a shorter suspension arms and more bodies verities and called it “GP LANDMAX 4WD”, the offered bodies includes:

A- Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV WRC
B- Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC
C- Subaru Impreza WRX/555 WRC
D- Volvo S40
E- Alfa Romeo 156
F- Toyota Corolla WRC
G- Ford F-150 Landmax ST
H- Nissan Skyline GTR R34
I- Lancia Stratos WRC

4) In 2001 the Landmax 2 was released based on the Inferno MP7.5 chassis and many bodies varieties since it shares the same Landmax 1 bodies plus:

A- Subaru Impreza WRX WRC
B- Peugeot 206 WRC
C- Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII WRC

5) In 2006 the Inferno GT was released using the Inferno MP7.5 chassis with extended sus. arms and bigger body
6) In 2008 the Inferno GT2 was released using the Inferno MP7.5 extended chassis (Inferno ST US Sports chassis)

Appendix bodies:

SuperEight, The wide cars, the “one-offs” :
GT-10/PS-73 Body set, Porsche 959
GT-11 Body set, Audi Quattro V8
GT-14 Body set, Calsonic Skyline GTR R32

Esprit GP-20 bodies, long discontinued, very rare:
KYOC2430 39481 Mercedes Benz CLK DTM (D2)
KYOC2431 39482 Alfa Romeo 155 DTM
KYOC2423 39483 Nissan Skyline GTR R32 (Zexel and Calsonic decals)

Landmax bodies, both versions:
KYOC2397 39765 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV WRC
KYOC2100 39766 Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC
KYOC2525 39767 99 Subaru Impreza WRX/555 WRC
KYOC2552 39855 Volvo S40
KYOC2541 39856 Alfa Romeo 156
KYOC2504 39981 Toyota Corolla WRC
KYOC2506 39982 Ford F-150 Landmax ST
KYOC2470 39983 Nissan Skyline GTR R34 (Altia decals)
KYOC2393 39984 Lancia Stratos WRC
KYOC2407 39161 01 Subaru Impreza WRX WRC [7.5]
KYOC2439 39162 01 Peugeot 206 WRC [7.5]
39291 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII WRC [7.5]

Full part list as PDF-file: PDF – Kyosho Landmax Part list (Click to open)

Here are some pictures of the REAL Porsche 959 car