3376 Bronx Zoo
Production: 1960 - 1966 & 1969
The 3376 Giraffe car is essentially a stock car which Lionel modified to accomodate a bobbing giraffe head. This fantasy-notion car made use of a new concept introduced in 1960 where a giraffe's head disappears inside the car after passing under a telltale.
The 3376 was introduced with the following features: unpainted blue body with white lettering, AAR trucks, two operating couplers plus a yellow giraffe. In most cases the giraffe has brown spots; however plain yellow giraffes do exist. The plain yellow giraffe is harder to find.
Listed below are the changes in year order:
- 1960 - Introduced as listed above.
- 1964 - One operating and one fixed coupler replace the two operating couplers.
- Circa 1965 - Green body with yellow lettering replaced the blue body with white lettering.
- 1969 - Blue body with yellow lettering appears as a one-year-only item.
Additional Detail, Photos & Box Information
Blue Body & White Lettering - Shown in the photo above - The common version.
Green Body & Yellow Lettering - This is a hard version to locate.
Blue Body & Yellow Lettering - The hardest version to locate and a rare item.
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