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Space & Military Cars

This Web Page Last Updated: January 10, 2019

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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
3820 U.S.M.C. Flatcar
with
Submarine
Load:
E++

Car:
E++
Yes $260
SOLD
Olive-drab painted flatcar with correct, gray, operating "U. S. NAVY 3830" submarine. This 1960-62 car has white heat-stamped lettering and early AAR trucks with operating couplers. The sub has black heat-stamped lettering.
Photo of the other side.
Flat: one of the truck rivets has some minor surface rust and that's it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with vibrant paint and nice crisp lettering. Has the original wire retainer holding clips.
A "aerial" view of the sub and the car's decking.
Minimal flaws on the sub! It is completely intact, very clean and all original!
Photo of the original "LIONEL" ID plate ("bottom window") below the sub.

This hard-to-find car is one of the most desirable items from the "Space and Military Series." It came in the Land-Sea-And Air set as well as two other sets. The 3820 was never available for separate sale and Lionel never made a box for this piece.
Click here to go to Our Archives Page to read more about 3820 USMC Flatcars & Subs.
6175 Flatcar with
Rocket
Load:
VG

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.
(6512) Cherry Picker
Car
E+/OB Yes $185 Black flatcar from 1962-63: has white, heat-stamped lettering plus an extension ladder mounted on a gray swivel base and middle AAR trucks with two operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Has the ORIGINAL astronaut, cage and ladders!
Another view showing the ladder and the car's decking.
Minimal flaws! The car is sharp: all intact and very clean with crisp lettering and nice, shiny truck rivets!
A "view from space" showing the astronaut about to take a walk.
Has the original instruction sheet #6512-19, dated 8/62 (writing & creases).
Photo of the front & back of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; glue & tape residue; discoloration; tape inside). Some flaws but the box is solid: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

This interesting car was designed to work in concert with the 3413 Mercury Capsule Launching Car. It is a good-looking and clever car in a very presentable box!
6640 U.S.M.C.
Missile Launching
Car
E++ Yes $275 The U.S.M.C. olive drab missile launching car from 1960 only: has white heat-stamped lettering plus early AAR trucks with two operating couplers. Has the ORIGINAL (3-part, stage), red, white & blue missile.
Photo of the other side.
Minor scuffs on the decking from the swiveling of the superstructure and some box rub on the corners of the steps and that's about it for flaws. The car is very, very clean with vibrant paint, crisp lettering and shiny, rust-free truck rivets. In addition, the launching and firing mechanisms work.
An "aerial" view of the car and close-up of the missile.
Minimal flaws on the missile! It is one of the nicest original missiles we have ever had!

This somewhat rare ("Space & Military" Series) car only came in one set (the "Land-Sea-and-Air Gift Pack" #1805) and Lionel never made a component box for this item.
6651 U.S.M.C. Shell Launching Car ======
E++
Un-run
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Yes $260 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 three repro shells.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! It is very, very clean with vibrant paint, crisp lettering, nice shiny truck rivets and no rust on the metal parts -- plus it was NEVER USED!
An "aerial" view of the car's decking showing Big Bertha in action with a shell on the way to its target.

The menacing-looking 6651 only came in eight "promotional" outfits. It is sharp car and the firing mechanism works great!
6803 Empty Flatcar for:

Marine Corps
Tank

&
Marine Corps
Sound Truck
E+++ Yes $ 25 Empty red flatcar (mold #6424-11) from 1958-59 for two Marine Corps vehicles. Has white, heat-stamped lettering and early AAR trucks with operating couplers. No load.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws -- the car is gorgeous: completely intact and very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice shiny (rust-free) truck rivets! Has the original vehicle retainer which is completely intact.
An "aerial" view showing the flat's decking.

This is the only the second empty 6803 flat we have ever had available for sale (and first one with the 6424-11 mold). If you have a 6803 flat with a broken step or rusty rivets, this car will be a significant upgrade.

Need the 6803 box? We have one for sale.
Click here to go to our Original Boxes Page to read about a very presentable 6803 original box!
6806 Empty Flatcar for:

U.S.M.C.
Radar Truck

&
U.S.M.C.
(U.S. NAVY)
Medical van
E+++ Yes $ 45 Empty red flatcar (mold #6424-11) from 1958-59 for two Marine Corps vehicles. Has white, heat-stamped lettering and early AAR trucks with operating couplers. No load.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws -- the car is gorgeous: completely intact and very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice shiny (rust-free) truck rivets! Has the original vehicle retainer which is completely intact.
An "aerial" view showing the flat's decking.

This is the only the second empty 6806 flat in collector-quality condition we have ever had available for sale. If you have a 6806 flat with a broken step or rusty rivets, this car will be a significant upgrade.

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+++
Yes $160 Red flatcar from 1958-59 plus its ORIGINAL load: a Marine Corps amphibious "Pyro" DKW.
Photo of the other side.
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.
An "aerial" view showing the inside of the Duck and the car's decking.
The flat is completely intact and very, very clean with nice, crisp lettering and rust free truck rivets.
Two more views of the Duck.
Small burr on one side and that's it for flaws on the "Duck" -- it is completely intact and very, very clean with very nice graphics. Has two repro elastic tie-down bands.

A sharp-looking car with an original load!
Partial
Load:
for
6808
U.S.M.C.
Searchlight Truck
See Notes Yes $ 75
SOLD
Here's something we have NEVER offered for sale before: an ORIGINAL U.S.M.C. Searchlight Truck (with white, heat-stamped lettering) for the 6808 flatcar.
Photo of the other side.
Measures 5 1/4 inches long (with searchlight facing the rear) by 2 1/8 inches wide by 3 3/8 inches high (to the top of the searchlight).
Another view of the truck.
One of the plastic pins holding the searchlight in place is broken; however it is still embedded (half in the searchlight & half in the yoke) so the searchlight stays in place without falling. The truck itself is all intact with minimal flaws; it is very clean with nice graphics plus the operator's seat is ORIGINAL!
An "aerial" view.

This item is very, very hard to find as it was only used on the 6808 flatcar!

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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:

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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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