Production: 1962 - 1966 & 1969
The 6473 Horse Transport Car is also known as the Rodeo Car. A pair of horse heads protrude from each side of the car. The motion of this stock car traveling on the rails creates the illusion of the "bobbing horse heads." This is an easy item to locate as it was included in many sets offered by Lionel in the early and mid-1960s.
The 6473 contains the following features: unpainted yellow body side lettering and graphics, AAR trucks plus a total of four horse heads -- two white and two brown. For the first few years of production the car was equipped with two operating couplers. Sometime around 1963, one operating and one fixed coupler became the norm.
There are a total of four production variations to this Horse Transport stock car -- all involving the color of the exterior and side lettering. Below is a summary:
- Light yellow body with red lettering
- Light yellow bod with maroon lettering
- Dark yellow body with red lettering
- Dark yellow body with maroon lettering
For the beginner collector, this is a fun group to collect. All variations can be located with a bit of searching and time. Although the red lettered stock cars seem to be easier to locate, none of these variations are rare, so it should be gentle on your budget to collect all four variations.
Additional Detail, Photos & Box Information
First photo above - This is a dark yellow exterior with red lettering and side graphics.
Second photo above - This is the light yellow exterior with red lettering.
Third photo above - -This is the dark yellow exterior with maroon lettering.
Fourth photo above - This is a dark yellow exterior with red lettering -- however it is a factory error as there is no printing on the right side!