The 6464-350 MKT (Missouri-Kansas-Texas) box car was produced for only a single year -- 1956. Production of these box cars allowed Lionel to market a realistic and almost scale-like box car never previously seen in the Lionel family. The 6464-style box cars were an immediate success and remained in the Lionel catalogue up until their final year of postwar production, 1969. Even today, all 6464-style box cars remain a favorite of collectors and operators.
The 6464-350 is a rare box car. It was never offered in a Lionel set and was only available as a separate sale item. Additionally, with its rather plain -- although realistic -- exterior graphics, it was not a strong selling freight car. Locating a collectable example -- especially with the original box -- will be a time consuming and expensive search.
The 6464-350 box car included the following standard features: tuscan painted body, white lettering, unpainted sliding doors, bar-end trucks with operating couplers plus a single brakewheel.
It should be noted the color of the unpainted sliding doors never match the exterior color of the box car. Some collectors original thought this indicated the doors are not original postwar Lionel doors -- however that is not a correct assumption. The difference in color is due to the box car having a painted exterior surface while the doors are unpainted.
Additional Detail, Photos & Box Information
The length of the 6464 style box car is approximately 10 1/2" long (coupler to coupler).
Only Known Variation - Shown in the photo above - All MKT box cars are painted tuscan with unpainted doors. The above photo also includes the side-stamped box which is missing all stampings on each end flap.
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