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Space & Military Cars

This Web Page Last Updated: June 30, 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
(6142-175) Unmarked
Olive-drab Gondola
E+ Yes $195 An uncatalogued "Space & Military" item from 1964-1966: an unmarked short gondola in olive drab. No numbers appear on the car but it was catalogued by Lionel as "6142-175" in their service manuals. Very unusual version with one operating middle AAR truck and one late AAR truck with a fixed coupler.
Photo of the other side.
A small chip along the top edge plus a few light surface scratches and that's about it for flaws! It is very, very clean with nice shiny, rust-free truck rivets!
Photo of the inside of the car.
Very hard car to find as are all of the olive-drab items! The 6142-175 gondola was only found in a few uncatalogued (promotional) sets! Note that Lionel never made a box for this piece.
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.
(6176-100) Unmarked
Olive-drab Hopper
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E++
Un-run
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Yes $225 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 one middle AAR truck with one operating coupler and one late AAR truck with a fixed coupler.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is very, very clean with no cracks or missing plastic and it was NEVER RUN!
An "aerial" view.
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 box for this piece.
6470 Exploding Target Car ======
E++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $ 95 A car offering some real "play value" -- an Exploding Boxcar from 1959-60 that was NEVER USED! Red body with white, heat-stamped lettering and early AAR trucks with operating couplers. Version with slots in the body sides.
Photo of the other side.
A good-looking car with minimal flaws: very, very clean with near-perfect lettering and with all tabs intact -- plus the mechanism works fine! Has the original pin and a repro stopper.
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (tape; tears; creases; mildly distorted; "period" writing).
Another view of the box.
A few flaws, but the box is clean, complete, fairly square and sturdy!
Photo of the front panel of the box.
Has the original instruction sheet (#6470-17, dated 8/59).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Designed to work with the mobile missile launchers, missile firing cars and the missile firing accessories -- the internal mechanism is similar to that of an old-fashioned mousetrap. This is only the second unrun 6470 Boxcar we have ever had for sale!
6651 U.S.M.C. Shell Launching Car Ex. Yes $185 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.
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
SOLD
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 6424-11.
Photo of the other side.
The flat has a few light surface scratches on the decking and that's about it for flaws! It is completely intact and very, very clean with nice, crisp lettering and 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 completely intact and very, very clean with very nice graphics. Has a repro elastic tie-down band.

A sharp-looking car with an original load!

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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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