In 1987, Traxxas released the Cat and Fiero. I have a Fiero in very good condition (no box) and a Cat in new condition with the box. The Cat seemed to be a solid entry into the 1/12th scale carpet racing world (although heavy compared to the RC12 or Bolink counterparts) and the Cat simply seemed to be a backyard basher that was a low-quality Tamiya Grasshopper or Futaba FX10 alternative. Nothing about The Cat seemed to scream quality or performance, but it is nonetheless one of my cherished pieces of Traxxas history.
Fiero / GTP:
As for the GTP/Fiero, I also wonder about kit vs RTR availability. I know it was available as a RTR, but early on in the company's history, Traxxas seemed to offer both options for those who may want to build the kit themselves. If a kit did exist, were there separate part numbers?
Here are some images of the GTP from my collection. A few things about it: I do have the original controller but the receiver has been replaced with a Futaba unit which requires a 4-cell battery pack. Originally, the Traxxas receiver would have been located where the battery pack is now, and nothing would be mounted where the Futaba RX is. I do not have the box for this one and it has some scratches on the bottom of the chassis, but overall it is in fair condition.
My questions about the Traxxas Cat are as follows:
Was it available in kit form? I've found the Traxxas Cat and Tomcat (which appear to be identical) but what I've seen appears to all be RTR. I've not seen indication that it was available as a kit.
Is there any difference (other than branding) of the Cat and the Tom Cat? I've seen box art which is different, but the product appears to be the same.
Below are some pictures of my Tom Cat. I have the original box and controller (it was an RTR package) and it appears to have never been used. I've tested the functionality of the buggy and everything works perfectly. The box is in decent to good condition but the buggy is in excellent condition.