THE RAREST OF THE RARE , THE REVERSE LETTER, PAINTED NOSE NEW HAVEN ELECTRIC. AT FIRST IN 1956, LIONEL TRIED TO PAINT THE NOSES OF THESE COLORFUL ENGINES BUT FOUND A PROBLEM WITH CONSISTENCY OF THE PAINT AND ITS APPLICATION. THAT YEAR, IT WAS DECIDED THAT A DECAL WOULD BE APPLIED IN PLACE OF THE PAINTED NOSE. SOME WERE EVEN APPLIED OVER THE PAINT. VERY FEW OF THESE EXIST TODAY, LET ALONE IN THIS CONDITION.
THESE CABS HAVE A TENDENCY TO CRACK AT THE RIVET IN THE NOSE BUT THERE IS NO SUCH PROBLEM ON THIS MAGNIFICENT PIECE. YES, A VERY RARE BIRD INDEED. IT REMAINS IN LIKE NEW CONDITION WITH VERY LITTLE RUN TIME ON IT. WOW......JUST UNBELIEVABLE......WHEN DO YOU EVER SEE ONE OF THESE IN THIS CONDITION? IT COMES WITH ITS ORIGINAL BOX, PAPER AND INSTRUCTIONS FROM 1956. (SEE PICTURES).
This beauty is rich in color and a real rarity. It would sell for several thousands of dollars at prime auctions and collector shows. I have been offered astronomical $$ for this piece in the past and have turned the offers away due to the rarity of the piece. The time has come to part ways. Please consider the difficulty of finding a piece in this condition, age and rarity as the driving forces of its value. We are below the market value with our reserve. Have you ever seen one like this? Good luck if you choose to bid and email me if you have questions or need more pictures or information. I will be happy to assist you in any way I can.
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