The Story of Yankee


Yankee was born in 1977 in France. The company, headed by Dominique Désarménien is located in Talant, near Dijon.








Enthusiast of all-road real scale, M. Désarménien had the idea to create a first model: the Yankee Buggy 78.
Then come the runway models, including the famous track 4, the first 4WD car without suspension.
The first real buggy 1/8 is the Buggy Enduro, then the EV, the 82, the 83.

The major technical innovation in the world of Buggy 1/8 is the Buggy Enduro 84, first all-road 1/8 4WD and 3 differentials.
Yankee keeps inover with the Cross-Control, the first "big model" 1/6 scale and the first sedan 1/4 scale : the Renault 21. All these innovations contribute significantly to the evolution of the automobile model.
The frame type Concept 92 imposed references car design 1/4 scale.

In 1986 the advent: Yankee wins the World Championship Buggy 1/8 with Frédéric Veisseyre in Grenoble.





In the early 1990s, Yankee was bought by the Group Jouef, they market especially in 1994 the Predator - 1/6 scale.

The factory closed in 1998.

The brand was bought in 2002 by "2CM modelisme" (business based near Dijon), then in 2008 by Bruno Alliot, RC enthusiast. The manufacturing workshop is located in Montauban.
Production of 1/4 scale Models is resumed with especially the export of more than 200 models in South America.





Following the death of M. Alliot, the Yankee brand is taken over by Laurent Grau.
The workshop is now located near Montpellier where everything is done to recreate the legendary brand models to satisfy model enthusiasts.