American Flyer 480 B unit Very Rare 1955 S gauge, SILVER FLASH & original BOX
This is a very, very RARE American Flyer item, the 480 Silver Flash B unit. It did not come as part of a set. It was a special order item from AC Gilbert. There are re-pro's/copies but this one is vintage. It is in such nice CONDITION because it was stored in its first box since 1955. Photos are part of the description. This 480 B unit item shows very little signs of usage. There are small places of box-ware. The diesel horn button is included. The Diesel ROAR works well. This B unit also bears the correct date stamp inside the loco shell. One reason that this piece looks so good is that it has been stored in its vintage box (see below for the included sale for the vintage box). In 1953, the original set came with the 477 powered A unit and 478, a dummy B and a set of three passenger cars.
The locos and cars were all finished in chrome. In'54 the finish was changed to silver paint partly because some of the chrome was chipping off. In 1955 The numbers were changed from 477 & 478 to 479 & 480. However, the 479 set did not include a dummy A or B unit.The set included a powered A unit and three passenger cars. The new silver loco 479 had a single motor as power. This silver B 480 unit did not match the chrome of the 477-478 chrome finished team.
This may be another reason my #480 B unit is in such great shape. It is very clean with what looks to be mostly box-wear. It may not be mint but it certainly great with only to have slight playware.
This unit I have is in better condition than the 480 example in Doyle's 2007 catalog judging by photos, p. It was in 1955 that three different dummy B units were offered as add-on accessories. The Comet B unit, 467, the Rocket B unit, 476, and the Silver Flash B unit, 480. The price to own this item is above the book value from 2007 provided by D Doyle, which is ten years out of date.The vintage box is not listed separately by Doyle. As a train dealer, I have discovered that Greenberg's Price Guides have a section pricing only boxes for Lionel Trains. "Kleer Paks" seem to be different, however. The 480 B unit Box. This is a very rare surviving relic from 1955. It provided housing for my American Flyer S gauge B unit #480. Those of you who read D.
Doyle's AF book must remember that his prices are from 2007 or 2006 (going by Library of Congress number). Anyway, We all know that boxes are usually gotten rid of before the trains ever leave the house. Sometimes boxes become containers for things not intended for that box.
I will advise you if I have an unforeseen delay. The item "American Flyer 480 B unit Very Rare 1955 S gauge, SILVER FLASH & original BOX" is in sale since Sunday, June 16, 2019.This item is in the category "Toys & Hobbies\Model Railroads & Trains\S Scale\Other S Scale". The seller is "trains4sale2u" and is located in Stevens, Pennsylvania. This item can be shipped to United States.
- Power Supply: AC
- Modified Item: No
- Vintage (Y/N): Yes
- Material: Plastic, steel, die cast,, cardboard more
- Features: Limited Edition
- Year: 1955
- Color: Silver and brown and orange
- Brand: American Flyer
- Grading: C-6 Very Good