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Space & Military Cars

This Web Page Last Updated: September 2, 2022

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This page contains our current inventory of cars that were part of the postwar Lionel "Space & Military" series. Included here are those specialized rolling stock items (both operating & non-operating AND both real & fictitious) that were created to stimulate the imaginations of children regarding space exploration and the needs of the armed forces of the United States. Note that military motive power is located on our Diesels, Electrics & Small Motorized Units web page, military-type cabooses are located on our Cabooses web page and space & military accessories are located on our Accessories web page.

* * * Click on "Yes" in the Photo column to see a picture.
* * * Click on "Grade" in the 3rd column heading for an explanation of grading.

Postwar Lionel Space & Military Cars
Catalog #ItemGradePhotoPriceDescription & More Information
41 ============
United States
Army
Yard Switcher
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===> ===> ===> Click here to go to our Diesels, Electrics & Motorized Units Page to read about a great-running U.S. Army Yard Switcher from 1956-57.
3349 Turbo Missile Launching Car E+++/OB Yes $135
SOLD
The Turbo Missile Launching Car: light-red, unlettered, depressed-center frame with a medium-blue rotating & elevating plastic firing mechanism plus a medium-blue plastic "ready" rack. Has early AAR trucks with operating couplers and it is the version from 1962 without pressure mold marks on the underside of the frame.
Photo of the other side.
The car was hardly used and it is superb -- very, very clean and the launcher works perfectly! Comes with two original missiles -- both of which have minimal flaws.
An "aerial" view.
Has the original instruction sheet #3349-8, dated 7/62 (creases, discolored). This is the first 3349 instruction sheet we have ever had -- it is not an easy one to find!
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (missing part of one interior coupler flap; tears; creases; scuffs; tape inside; glue residue). Even with the flaws, this scarce box is decent as it is clean, square & sturdy.
Another view of the box.

An interesting car in a very presentable box. The car is rather common; the box is very, very uncommon as most of the 3349s came unboxed in sets. This item represents only the third boxed 3349 we have ever had!
3665 Minuteman
Boxcar
E++/OB Yes $ 185 The operating missile launching Strategic Air Command boxcar from 1961-64: unpainted white body with red and blue, heat-stamped lettering and early AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the car.
ORIGINAL, dark-blue, 2-part roof (all tabs intact) and the ORIGINAL, red, white and blue missile (rocket).
Photo of the other side with the roof open and the car in launch mode.
A great-looking car with minimal flaws: very, very clean with nice lettering and the mechanism does work!
Photo of the roof.
Has the original instruction sheet (#3665-23, dated 6/61).
Photo of the rocket and the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (creases; tears; tape; price sticker residue). A couple of imperfections but this box is still solid as it is clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

A sharp car that offers some "play value" -- this car can be operated manually or automatically using a remote control track section.

Still not sure if you are going to like this car? A popular magazine rated the 3665 as one of the TOP 10 Postwar Lionel models from the Space & Military Line -- calling it ". . . a must for any space and military collection!" See page 47 of the March, 2014 issue of the magazine "Classic Toy Trains" for their complete review.
3666 Cannon Firing
Minuteman
Boxcar
E+ Yes $575 One of the most desirable pieces of postwar "Space & Military" rolling stock: the operating Cannon Firing Boxcar from 1964-65: has an olive drab cannon housed inside an unpainted white body with red and blue, heat-stamped lettering plus one middle AAR truck with an operating coupler and one late AAR truck with a fixed coupler.
Photo of the other side with the roof open and a shell on its way from the raised cannon.
Comes with four silver-painted wooden artillery shells that are probably reproduction items.
Photo of the roof.
The roof halves are ORIGINAL with the correct part numbers of "3665-12" and "3665-13" marked on the undersides and all tabs are intact! The roof halves have the common separation on both ends and the sides have turned creamy with age but the discoloration is even throughout. A great-looking car overall as it is very, very clean with crisp lettering and graphics. The car was never run but there are some marks on the wheel flanges indicating that the previous owner may have displayed the car on a piece of track. The firing mechanism is sluggish -- it raises the cannon far enough for the roof halves to open but not far enough to fire the shell.
Photo of the top of the cannon and the inside of the car.
Has a reproduction instruction sheet (#3666-20, dated 8/64).
Photo of the instruction sheet and the four shells.

Only the third 3666 Cannon Firing Car we have ever had for sale -- it is not an easy item to find in any condition! This car can be operated manually or automatically using a remote control track section. This scarce item was a component of only four promotional sets: outfit #19326 sold in 1964 & 1965 (numbered 9820 when sold through Sears in 1964) plus it was a substitute item for outfit #19332 sold through Western Auto in 1964 and outfit #19434 sold through Sears in 1965.
3830 Flatcar with Submarine Load:
Repro

Car:
E+++
Yes $ 45
SOLD
Light-blue flatcar from 1960-63 with the correct (reproduction) "U. S. NAVY 3830" operating submarine: flat has white heat-stamped lettering and early AAR trucks with operating couplers. The sub has an unpainted-gray body with black heat-stamped lettering.
Photo of the other side.
Sub: some discoloration on the nose cone and that is it for flaws! It is completely intact and very, very clean with crisp lettering.
Photo of the top of the sub and the decking on the flat.
Car: very, very clean with crisp lettering! Has the original wire retainer holding clips.

Gorgeous car with a nice-looking submarine!
6017
(-60)
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United States
Marine Corps Caboose
===> ===> ===> Need something to bring up the rear of your military train?

Click here to go to our Caboose Page . . .
. . . to read about a sharp U.S.M.C. caboose from 1958 that was NEVER USED!
6017
(-200)
U. S. Navy
Caboose
===> ===> ===> Click here to go to our Caboose Page to read about a gorgeous Navy caboose from 1960 only.
6175 Flatcar with
Rocket
Load:
Ex.

Car:
E+++
OB
Yes $125
SOLD
Red flatcar (mold #6511-2) with rocket from 1958: has white, heat-stamped lettering and early AAR trucks with operating couplers. Has the correct, ORIGINAL U S Navy rocket and the original elastic tie-down band.
Photo of the other side.
Car is very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice shiny truck rivets! The original rocket is a little discolored and it has an un-original sponge tip. Overall it is still nice (Ex.).
Photo of the rocket and an "aerial" view of the car.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; tape on the inside; store price stamp that was blacked out). A few imperfections but this box is clean, square and sturdy! It is also a "Late Classic" box which helps to date this piece as a 1958 car; the later 6175 cars came in perforated panel boxes.
Another view of the box.

The nicest red 6175 flatcar we have ever had -- and in a very presentable box!
(6176-100) Unmarked
Olive-drab Hopper
E+ Yes $165 An uncatalogued "Space & Military" item from 1964 & 1965: an unmarked "type VI" short hopper in olive drab. No numbers appear on the car but it was catalogued by Lionel as "6176-100" in their service manuals. Has early AAR trucks with one operating coupler and one fixed coupler.
Photo of the other side.
A few light surface scratches and that's it for flaws! The car is very clean with no cracks or missing plastic!
Two views of the interior.
Very hard car to find as are all of the olive-drab items! The 6176-100 hopper was only found in a few uncatalogued sets! Note that Lionel never made a component box for this piece.
(6401-25)Flatcar with Tank Load:
See Notes

Car:
E+
Yes $ 75
On
HOLD
Unmarked General-style gray flatcar with an original olive-drab tank. The flat has arch-bar trucks with fixed couplers. Note that guidebooks indicate that the correct flat for the Payton tank should have AAR trucks.
Photo of the other side.
The flat has some discoloration on the decking and that's it for flaws! It is very, very clean with nice rust-free rivets. Has a repro elastic tie-down band.
Photo of the "business end" of the tank.
The tank is equally as nice: very, very clean and completely intact!
Photo of the back of the tank.
The tank (which was made by Payton Products) is exactly 5 inches long (most reproductions are shorter); however the correct tank for the 6401-25 flatcar should be forest green -- not olive drab.
An "aerial" view of the tank and the car's decking.

One guidebook states that the 6401 flat with Tank is "one of the rarest of all the Lionel items sold during the postwar era." This piece can serve as a "placeholder" until the correct load and flat combination shows up.
6448 Target Range
Car
E+/OB Yes $125 A boxcar with some real "play value" -- an Exploding Boxcar from 1961-64: version with red roof & red ends plus white sides with red lettering. Version without slots in the body sides. Has early AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the "TARGET" side.
Minimal flaws; the car is very clean with near-perfect lettering and all tabs intact! Original pin; reproduction stopper.
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; creases; tape inside). The box is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.
Has the original instruction sheet #6448-14 dated 3-61 tears, creases, discolored).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Designed to work with the missile firing cars -- the internal mechanism is similar to that of an old-fashioned mousetrap. This 6448 Target Car is sharp -- and it is in a very presentable box! The white-sided version is somewhat harder to find as compared to the version with red sides. It has been years since we have had a white 6448 in collector-quality condition!
6463 Rocket Fuel
Tank Car
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E++
Un-run
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Yes $125 The only tank car from the "Space and Military Series:" a 2-dome tank car painted snow white with red rubber-stamped lettering & graphics; the frame is painted black.
Photo of the other side.
It is the version from 1962 with middle AAR trucks and two operating couplers.
Two "aerial" views.
Has a little paint loss on the metal frame on one side and some tiny rub marks on the frame on the other side and that's it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with beautiful lettering. The catwalks are completely intact with nothing broken and it has a nice rust-free frame.

A high-quality piece -- one of the nicest 6463 Tank Cars we have ever had! Note that while some 6463 Tank cars were sold separately in component boxes, most came unboxed in sets.
Our Archives Page: more information on 6463 Rocket Fuel Tank Cars.
6651 U.S.M.C.
Shell

Launching Car
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E++
Un-run
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Yes $295 The shell launching Cannon Car -- an unusual item found only in uncatalogued sets (mostly purely military) in 1964 & 1965: this impressive-looking car was nicknamed "Big Bertha" by collectors. The frame is painted olive drab (on a red mold) and has white, heat-stamped lettering plus middle AAR trucks with operating couplers. The launcher assembly is molded in olive drab; comes with four reproduction shells.
Photo of the other side showing Big Bertha in action with a shell on the way to its target.
Usual tarnishing on the metal strip below the cannon plus some box rub in spots and that's about it for flaws! It is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint, strong lettering, nice shiny truck rivets and no rust on the metal parts -- plus it was NEVER USED!
Photo of the four shells and an "aerial" view of the car.

The menacing-looking 6651 only came in eight "promotional" outfits. It is a sharp-looking car and the firing mechanism works great!
6804 Empty Flatcar for:

the
U.S.M.C.
Antiaircraft
Truck

&
U.S.M.C.
Sound Truck
E+ Yes $ 45 Empty red flatcar (mold #6424-11) with white lettering from 1958-59 for two Marine Corps vehicles. No load.
Photo of the other side.
A couple of light surface scratches on the decking and that's about it for flaws! The car is nice: very, very clean with beautiful lettering & rust-free truck rivets. Has the original vehicle retainer which is completely intact.
An "aerial" view.

Note: the even-numbered flats (6804, 6806, 6808) from the "Space & Military" Series are significantly harder to find as compared to the odd-numbered ones (6803, 6807, 6809).
6807 Flatcar
with:

U.S.M.C.
"Duck"
Load:
E++

Car:
E+++
OB
Yes $195
SOLD
Red flatcar (mold #6511-2) with white lettering and AAR trucks plus its ORIGINAL load: a Marine Corps amphibious "Pyro" DKW.
Photo of the other side.
The flat is spectacular -- very, very clean with nice, crisp lettering and rust free truck rivets!
An "aerial" view.
The load is also very, very nice -- intact with no significant flaws plus it is very clean with nice graphics. Has repro elastic tie downs.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (missing the tuck & a small piece of one end flap and that end is taped shut; tears; creases; mildly distorted). A very presentable box even with the flaws as it is fairly clean and sturdy.
Another view of the box.

A very hard car to find this nice -- and with an original undamaged load! The box is even tougher to find!
6814 First Aid
Medical Car
===> ===> ===> Need something for the end of your military train?
Click here to go to our Caboose Page to read about a Rescue Cabooses from 1959-61.
6819 Flatcar with Helicopter Load:
See Notes

Car:
E+++
OB
Yes $160 Red flatcar with correct (original), non-operating helicopter. Version from 1960 with a type IV helicopter with no decoration.
Photo of the other side.
Flat (mold #6424-11) has early AAR trucks and white lettering and is the version without frame rail extensions.
Two close-ups of the helicopter.
The helicopter has a reproduction tail section and that's it for flaws! The skids are intact and helicopter is very, very clean with a nice, clear windshield. Has the original elastic tie-down band. The flat is gorgeous: all intact and very, very clean with nice, crisp lettering and nice, shiny, rust free truck rivets!
An "aerial" view showing the car's decking and the top of the helicopter.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (tears; creases; scuffs; "dig" marks; panel partially separated; amateur repairs with lots of tape inside; "period" price stamping).
Another view of the box.
The box has some flaws but it is clean, complete, square and sturdy.
Photo of the front panel.

Check your collection! The car is hard to find, the helicopter is hard to find and the box is hard to find. This is the only boxed 6819 we have ever had for sale!
6820 ===============
Flatcar
with
Missile Transport
Helicopter
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Load:
Ex.

Car:
E+

OB
Yes $575 Blue-painted flatcar (on a black mold) from 1960-61 with original "NAVY" helicopter with original "air-to-air" missiles: the flat has center rail extensions and white, heat-stamped lettering plus early AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Flat: some paint loss around the steps and a few paint chips on the decking. That's it for flaws; the car is very clean with crisp lettering and nice shiny truck rivets! Has two repro elastic tie-down bands.
Photo of the car's decking and an "aerial" view of the helicopter.

Photo of the helicopter.
Helicopter: tail is a little distorted and the rotor has a well-done repair. That's it for flaws. This hard-to-find ORIGINAL helicopter is very clean and complete with no loss of plastic! It has the correct missiles with the original rack and tail cones.
Close-up of the helicopter's tail section.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (tears; creases; scuffs; panel partially separated; amateur repairs with lots of tape; glue residue; missing the "PUSH" tab).
Another view of the box.
Various flaws but the box is clean, square and sturdy. It is also a box that very few collectors have ever seen; less have ever had the opportunity to own one.
Photo of the front panel.

The flat is scarce, the helicopter is very, very hard to find and the box is RARE, RARE, RARE!!! This is the only boxed, complete and all-original 6820 we have ever handled! Also called the "Aerial Missile Transport Car," it came un-boxed in the U.S. Navy Set #1633 in 1960.

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The 1950's and 1960's were marked by the "race to space" and the creation of "world superpowers" -- specifically the United States and the Soviet Union.

Lionel created an extensive line of interesting pieces to keep pace with current events of that era: the world's desire for exploring outer space -- the "last frontier" -- and the need for strong national defense systems in light of the Cold War.

Any layout will be enhanced with either a space exploration theme or one involving the creation of an action-packed and patriotic operation involving Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps equipment.

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