Pristine Lionel 6820 Aerial Missile Transport Car Boxed. A pretty rare car in any condition, this one is Like New with an ALL ORIGINAL LOAD and includes what appears to be a replacement box. I can't call it a reproduction because it is an original Lionel box marked with the correct 6820 box end flaps. The helicopter is original but has a replacement 6418-9 elastic band that holds the copter to the flat during transport. An interesting mixed offering because of the box but otherwise original.
The flatcar body is painted a glossy light blue with vibrant colors and the heat-stamped lettering is bright, crisp and complete. The body is virtually flawless without as much as a scratch, rub or imperfection. The paint is shiny and even throughout. The underside of the flat matches.
It appears brand new and the wheels and AAR trucks appear factory fresh (despite the fact they have been cleaned) and without evidence of use or aging. All pieces of this car are original.
There are no reproduction parts except for the 6418-9 band. The load is a specially designed helicopter with a long brown rotor blade equipped with wingtip jets and a missile rack holding two white plastic air-to-air missiles referred to as "Little John" missiles. These are held in place by a red plastic missile rack or holder.
The original helicopter has very little evidence of use and the red missile holder is without cracks, splits, or repairs of any kind which is a very common problem with them, and the copter tail rotor reads. The copter's plastic windshield hasn't even yellowed with age.. It is the Helicopter for the 6820 that is the real interest for this car as it is so different from Lionel's other Helicopter loads.It was made in 1960 and 1961 only. It is a non operating model with a red molded missile rack added to the the copter's boom. The rack has a tab to lock it in the small square hole in the boom underside that was added for this purpose in 1960. This helicopter variation came only on the 6820 Aerial Missile Transport car. The rack carried two white plastic air-to-air missiles.
They were basically 44-40 missiles that came with the 6544 Missile Firing Car and 6844 Missile Carrying Car but with two modifications. There was no weight inside the missile , and a molded red tail cone was added.Original tail cones have a small blind hole in the center that reproductions do not have. THAT SMALL BLIND HOLE IS PRESENT ON THIS CAR AND IS CLEARLY PICTURED. Another way to confirm the cars originality is by the missile rack. An original missile rack has a depressed area between where the missile is held and where the rack fits over the helicopter's boom. On reproduction racks that area is flush.
BOTH THESE CAN BE SEEN IN MY PICTURES. The replacement box is solid and complete with all original flaps. It is a brick and the perforated panel is 100% attached with the aid of inside reinforcement. There are small tears and inside tape.
The colors are bold and the lettering strong and complete. It does have shelf and edge wear but is still strong, square and sturdy. A really unique car and one that is a must for your collection if you like Lionel's Space and Military items.
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This item is in the category "Toys & Hobbies\Model Railroads & Trains\O Scale\Freight Cars". The seller is "auc3" and is located in Morgantown, Pennsylvania.This item can be shipped to United States, Canada.