@Dave Warburton posted:
The short answer is NO. That said, they are real bargains on the used market for sure. Most MPC go for $30 or less. Some much less. Their usual plastic trucks are a turn-off to many.
Many who buy these semi-scale cars aren't that concerned about the plastic trucks, however. They look and operated fine for most people. In many cases, they can be replaced by Lionel diecast sprung trucks, though, and I have done that with a number of these cars. This gives them more weight and, at least in my opinion, better rolling performance and looks.
I sold most of my MPC cars over the years, but have kept quite a few, because they look great and are perfect for engines such those in the LionChief line. The colorful graphics on a lot of these are unsurpassed. Some of them are actually scale, such as the 8,000 gallon tank cars. I have a bunch of those, which are great cars, and they can be run with semi-scale or scale trains.