Toys of the Eighties, 255 Computer Command
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This electronic toy was a black corvette. When the car was turned on, it would play the 'CHARGE!' tune. Under the hood there was a sensor-touch keypad that contained: numbers 0-9 (the number of seconds or times to repeat a function. It could be programmed as long as you wanted...). It had arrows to program the car's direction (Left, Right, Forward, Reverse, Reverse Left, Reverse Right), lights, siren, horn, stop and go.

The lights, siren, horn, stop and go functions could be programmed as well. Example: 'Stop', 'Lights' (5), 'reverse' (1), 'reverse left' (9), 'Siren' (10), 'GO'. On 'Go' the car will: screech the tires (sound), flash the headlights for 5 seconds, reverse for 1 second, continue into a left reverse for 9 seconds, wail the siren for 10 seconds, then stop.

The car was quite the technologically advanced toy I had ever seen as a kid. You could program anything into this car and it would perform it to perfection. It could drive in figure 8's, circles, squares, etc. All it required were (1) 9 volt, and (2) D cell batteries.

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stephen adams - December 18, 2007 - Report this comment
I have one that i got off of ebay. It is the 280zx. It has the directions. And it looks and works perfect. It is a very cool and amazing toy.
Allen Reeve - January 31, 2008 - Report this comment
The 255 Computer Command Corvette was one of my favorite toys. Just a couple of corrections, it used four C batteries and one 9volt. The keypad did not have room for the numbers 0-9, but instead it had 1, 4, and 8. To make any value other then those three numbers you just added each key press. For example to get 6, press 1, 1, and 4. Also most of the info (what little there is) says this toy was from 1981, but the car I have shows a manufacture date of Sept 1980, and the battery cover has 1980 molded into the cover in Roman numerals.
Christy - April 13, 2008 - Report this comment
I still have one too. It is a great toy.
stephen adams - July 11, 2008 - Report this comment
i found the corvette on ebay for .99 cents and it works great and i also have the datsun280zx
tony - July 21, 2008 - Report this comment
i had the corvette. man, did i wear that thing out!
Rat - December 21, 2008 - Report this comment
I just found one in an abandoned house. it is the gold and black Datsun. no directions, no battery cover. i took it apart though( it is back together now)and everything looks fine. never seen one of these things before so i cant wait to turn it on. its looks really impressive.
stephen adams - June 01, 2009 - Report this comment
i have one corvette and two of the 280zx and i got them all off of ebay and they all work
kenny - November 04, 2009 - Report this comment
I've still got mine after all these years (1980). It's in bad shape with no battery cover and a missing front wheel - doubt it still works but I'll try it out one of these days.
Jeremy - November 07, 2009 - Report this comment
I have the corvette with battery cover, box, no directions. It works, but does not turn. Motor looks gunked up. I intend to repair it.
randy oxendine - January 15, 2010 - Report this comment
i still have mine wish i could fix it or buy one that did work what a cool toy
Rawledawg - January 22, 2010 - Report this comment
I got one for Christmas back in '81 and I had that car running day and night. Loved that car. too bad I ran it through a puddle of water by mistake and it pretty much did what it wanted from then on out. Finally died on me. But I will get another one real soon.
Ben - April 26, 2010 - Report this comment
Does anyone perhaps know how to repair the broken steering? Mine works fine otherwise. But doesn't turn. I've disassembled and can find nothing mechanically broken.
rcMike - November 03, 2010 - Report this comment
I have the 255 Computer Command in the original box, still runs, perfect condition, I love running it around every Christmas. Any idea what it's worth now?
Reid - November 16, 2010 - Report this comment
I still have mine from Christmas, 1981....it starts up and makes the noise but the wheels don't go. It's pretty beat up. I loved this car.
baldylocks1973 - January 18, 2011 - Report this comment
i have a 255 computer command recieved it as a christmas present from grandad way back in 1980 its the LJN model from america but no stickers still works. its one of those retro toys that you want to keep forever
federico - June 27, 2011 - Report this comment
I also have one of this. I always loved to take it apart and to look on the inside. Well, I was 10 years old back then and some how I snaped 2 wires from the motherboard. If anyone can help me and can take pictures of the motherboard (top and bottom)where the speaker seats, and also the (on and off) switch on the inside of the car I will always be thankful. My email is Federico.A.Jaramillo@delta.com.
Chris - July 05, 2011 - Report this comment
I found the gold/black datsun at junk-vendor's booth at some car show (maybe a bugout?) when I was a little kid. The power switch was either bypassed deliberately or broke at some point, and now that I could install a new one, I have no idea which wires go where. Also it has no battery cover. It was a little confusing to program back in the day with no directions, not sure I ever figured it out. Definitely it was fun to play around with.
Stephen Adams - February 28, 2012 - Report this comment
I have two corvettes and two Datsuns and they are in very good condition and all four came from eBay
Albert - June 24, 2012 - Report this comment
I still remember the rap-like lyrics in the commercial.. and yes, I had one. "The 255 Computer Command- puts the power of driving in the palm of your hand!"
skin2win - July 18, 2012 - Report this comment
I picked one up also. had it as a kid. steering doesn't work. steering motor maybe. any ideas how to fix it. i hate driving straight.
thehiddenarrow - August 11, 2012 - Report this comment
I still have my original one from 80's, however it needs the small gear that goes on post from engine to drive larger gear connected to axle. Any suggestions or parts cars out there I could aquire?
phillip Harris - November 27, 2012 - Report this comment
my loving wife found one on ebay for me for a fathers day gift in 2005. She found it on ebay for 10.00. I offered the guy 100.00 for it because I was not going to lose the bid no matter what. the guy said no because he had too many people looking at it. so in the end I got it for 10 bucks. after I had it in hand I wrote the guy and told him that I was willing to pay 400.00 for it.. he was upset. I love this toy.
FABER CONRAD - December 05, 2012 - Report this comment
Still have my orginal corvette. Need a battery cover though if anyone has one for sale please email me faberconrad yahoo.com
Jr. - December 21, 2012 - Report this comment
It's the 255 Computer Command puts the power of driving in the palm of your hand. Lift the hood,give it a beep,light the course,u can make it repeat. Change your mind,have no fear,there's even a button to make it clear when your ready just press go...put it on the floor and watch the show...go straight,go left,4 seconds of right.it even has a siren,Check out those lights.The 255 Computer Command,put the power of driving in the palm of your hand. circa 1980.
Frank - February 06, 2013 - Report this comment
I got mine from my grandfather as a child I love that so much i still have it today..My daught and I made a battery plate for it ande it ran like new for the first time in about 28 years it brought me back to my childhood what a feeling...
gabe - February 09, 2013 - Report this comment
I also have one no box but works great does it have any value?
Stephen Adams - February 15, 2013 - Report this comment
I just got another 255 corvette off eBay and its in great condition and it works great

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