THE ILLINOIS CENTRAL F-3 WAS PRODUCED DURING THE GOLDEN AGE (1956) AND ARE RARELY FOUND IN GREAT CONDITION TODAY. IT HAS DUAL MOTORS, MAGNE-TRACTION AND BRIGHT COLORFUL MARKINGS OF THE IC RAILROAD. THE MASTER CARTON IS A HIGHLY COLLECTIBLE AND INSIDE YOU WILL FIND NEAR PERFECT INNER BOXES. THE ENGINE BOX RATES A C-9 AND DUMMY BOX A C-9. THE B-UNIT BOX HAS ITS INSERT AND IS REALLY CLEAN. MANY OF THE F-3s I'VE SEEN ARE RATTLING AROUND IN THEIR BOXES. FINALLY, THE ORIGINAL INSTRUCTIONS AND ORIGINAL WRAPPING PAPER ARE INCLUDED.
THE BROWN PAINT USED FOR THIS ENGINE WAS PAINTED OVER A GRAY SHELL AND IS HIGHLY SUSCEPTIBLE TO RUBS ALLOWING THE GRAY TO SHOW THROUGH. THIS PAIR IS 99.9% RUB FREE. THE PAINT IS FROSTY AS THE DAY IS WAS BORN AND SENT FROM THE FACTORY. THE DECAL IS WHOLE AND IN GREAT CONDITION.......ANOTHER PROBLEM WITH FINDING A GREAT ILLINOIS CENTRAL AB. THERE IS ONLY THE SLIGHTEST RUN TIME IF ANY ON THIS ENGINE. THIS UNIT IS OF EXTREMELY HIGH QUALITY AND COLLECTOR GRADE SO PLEASE CONSIDER THIS IF YOU CHOOSE TO BID. CONSIDER ALL ASPECTS INCLUDING THE CONDITION OF THE BOXES AND THE MASTER CARTON AS WELL AS HOW DIFFICULT IS TO FIND AN IC F3 WITH VIRTUALLY NO FLAWS. EXAMINE THE PICTURES CAREFULLY AND YOU WILL SEE THE QUALITY OF THIS FANTASTIC ILLINOIS CENTRAL AB.
This pristine brown and orange beauty is as rich in color as the day it was made. Having a master carton and super boxes makes this set that much more desirable. There are no handling rubs on it where most people pick them up (sides of roof in the center of the engine). In this condition, it will sell for $3500-$4000 or more at prime auctions and collector shows. Please consider the difficulty of finding a piece in this condition, age, rarity and the delicate nature of the paint as the driving forces of its value. We are below the market value with our reserve on this piece. 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.
OUR FEEDBACK IS 100%. ALL PURCHASERS ARE COMPLETELY SATISFIED THE PRODUCT THEY PURCHASED WAS WHAT THEY EXPECTED. THERE HAVE BEEN NO SURPRISES FOR OUR BUYERS. REASONABLE SHIPPING CHARGES AND NEXT DAY SHIPPING ARE OF A HIGH PRIORITY. COMBINED SHIPPING IS A POSSIBILITY DEPENDING ON THE ITEMS PURCHASED. MOST QUALIFY.
THERE IS A REPAIR ON THE END FLAP ON THE B-UNIT BOX.