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Space & Military Cars

This Web Page Last Updated: April 5, 2020

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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
212 U.S.M.C.
===> ===> ===> Click here to go to our Diesels, Electrics & Motorized Units Page to read about a very nice, boxed United States Marine Corps Diesel from 1958-59.
U. S. Navy
===> ===> ===> Click here to go to our Caboose Page to read about a sharp Navy caboose from 1960 only.
3535 AEC
Security Car
Yes $185 Interesting piece from 1961 designed to serve as an end car (caboose) on a military train: essentially a black flatcar with a red cab (similar style to the 520 boxcab electric) plus a rotating searchlight and roof-mounted, twin anti-aircraft guns. Has white heat-stamped lettering on the cab and early AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side of the car in its "security mode" ready for action.
A very, very clean car with nice white lettering and it was NEVER USED! The searchlight, guns and yoke are all original AND all tabs are intact on the cab!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (missing a piece of the top layer of the back of the box; tears; creases; scuffs; mildly distorted; "aged" look). A few flaws but the box is clean and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.
This car is from the "Space and Military Series" and was produced in 1960 and 1961 but the "Picture" box helps to date this one as a 1961 piece.

The 3535 is a rather hard item to find intact. This one is sharp and it is only the second unused 3535 Security Car we have ever had! We "bench" tested the car and it lights and the searchlight revolves properly.
Our Archives Page: more information on 3535 AEC Security Cars.
6175 Flatcar with

Car: E++
Yes $ 80 Red flatcar (mold #6511-2) from 1958-61 with the correct, original U S Navy rocket. Flat has white, heat-stamped lettering plus early AAR trucks with operating couplers. Has the original rack & a reproduction elastic tie-down band.
Photo of the other side.
The center section of the rocket has a crack that was repaired; has no loss of plastic but is mildly distorted. In addition, a homemade sponge tip was installed. Even with the flaws, the rocket is presentable as it is fairly clean with gorgeous lettering -- and it is ORIGINAL!
An "aerial" view showing the car's decking.
The car is very, very clean with nice, crisp lettering and nice shiny truck rivets.
Two close-ups views of the rocket.

A sharp car with an original rocket.
6651 U.S.M.C. Shell Launching Car Ex. Yes $175 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 black 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 repro shells.
Photo of the other side showing Big Bertha in action with a shell on the way to its target.
Has some box rub on the edge of the decking and on the four corner steps plus some surface scratches on the superstructure. The car is very, very clean overall with vibrant paint, crisp lettering, nice shiny truck rivets and no rust on the metal parts.
Photo showing the four shells plus the car's decking and top of the superstructure.

The menacing-looking 6651 only came in eight "promotional" outfits. It is a good-looking car and the firing mechanism does work.
6807 Flatcar


Yes $175 Red flatcar from 1958-59 plus its ORIGINAL load: a Marine Corps amphibious "Pyro" DKW. The flat has white, heat-stamped lettering plus early AAR trucks with two operating couplers and the frame carries the mold number of 6511-2.
Photo of the other side.
The flat is very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice, shiny rust-free truck rivets.
An "aerial" view showing the inside of the Duck and the car's decking.
Minimal flaws on the Duck! It is very clean with sharp graphics. Has the original elastic tie-down band.

Photo of the box.
Grade 5 original box (tears; creases; stains; punctures; distorted; tape inside).
Another view of the box.
The box leaves a little to be desired but it has both end flaps and all of the inner flaps; it will protect the car in shipping and in storage.
Photo of the worst side of the box.

A gorgeous car with an original, intact load!
6809 Flatcar
with a
Marine Corps

& a
Medical Truck


Yes $325 Red flatcar (mold #6511-2) with white heat-stamped lettering and early AAR trucks plus its correct, ORIGINAL load: a Marine Corps Anti-aircraft "Pyro" Truck and a U.S. NAVY "Pyro" Medical Truck. Has the original axle retainer.
Photo of the other side.
A couple of light surface scratches on the car's decking and that's about it for flaws on the flat! It is very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice, shiny, rust-free truck rivets.
An "aerial" view.
Both vehicles have an unpainted gray plastic body with white heat-stamped lettering & logo and black plastic wheels.
Close-up of the vehicles.
Both vehicles have a few minor surface scratches and the Medical Van has the common box-rub scuffs on the top of the "box" and that's about it for flaws! Both vehicles are completely intact and very, very clean with nice graphics!

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; scuffs; tape inside; glue residue). Despite the flaws, this box is still one of the nicer 6809 boxes we have ever had as it is clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

We have had very few all-original, complete, boxed 6809s for sale over the years! This piece is sharp and it comes in a very presentable box!

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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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Go to these pages to see other Postwar Lionel Items:

Postwar Lionel
Diesels & Electrics Steamers Passenger Cars
Railroad Work Cars Freight Cars Space & Military Cars
Cabooses Accessories Sets
Original Boxes Other Paper ~ Unique Reference Charts ~

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