This is the Ford RS200 Group B rally car by Ricko models. The car was a monster and a group B legend and even once held the world record for fastest sprint to 60 in Evo guise.
So eBay has an evil, evil feature that lets you track searches and alerts you when a new match pops up. You guys already know this, so I’ll get to the point. This model popped up as part of an estate sale. The auction started at 69.99, but had that awesome Best Offer option. I quickly shot then a $50 offer, and to my surprise, they accepted.
Most of the models I’ve seen have been north of $100 and north of the United States. I’m not sure why Canada has so many of these models, but as you guessed it adds a lot to the shipping costs. That pushed most of the models I had seen outside in my price range.
Why was this one only $50? Well for starters, there was no box or display base. Who cares though, right? It was a little more play-worn than I had expected, which was kind of a bummer, but it was well worth the discount.
Let’s get right to the bad, shall we? As we all know, the front of the car opens outward. In order to accomplish this, Ricko went with external hinges, and I have no idea why. Sure the hatch opens, but I feel like this wasn’t the best option to go with.
Under the hatch we’ll find the Ford/Cossie 1.8l 4 cylinder engine. For the street, the turboed 4 cranks out 250hp. Racing cars had between 350 and 450hp, and the Evo version had between 550 and 850hp.
There’s a decent amount of detail in the engine bay, such as painted components of the cooling system, reservoir tanks, and the piping for the roof-mounted inter cooler. What lacks detail is the engine block itself, buried deep in the engine bay.
The rear suspension and spare tire also received a detail treatment, popping out against the black frame of the rally car. The suspension bits are fully functional too!
Inside, we find our favorite detail: carpet! I also really like the pedals in this model; each of the three are separate pieces. The gauges may be stickers, but they are nicely done.
Another negative about this model, but definitely the last one, is a little bit of rub when you open the doors. They just pop the hood up a small amount, but not small enough where you wouldn’t notice.
The mesh on the hood is real mesh!
Argh those hinges, why?!?!
There is some minimal underbody detailing too. I thought the lime green driveshafts were a nice touch!
A wild Lancia appears... How does the Ricko stand up to the Kyosho?
It’s really not a fair contest to pit these two models against the other. The Kyosho is much more modern than the Ricko, and it’s hard to compare the price point to a discontinued model.
If we’re going to do this though, the Lancia has way better detailing and better fit and finish.
These two are both in my top 5 favorites in my collection for sure. All I need now is to keep an eye out for a deal on a white Ur-Quattro...