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 Post subject: What to do with this Motorola car radio?
PostPosted: Sep Wed 01, 2021 11:45 pm 
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Such a lovely cabinet, hate for them to pitch it, but that car radio ruins it, and I can't fit another console.
Looked through Radio Attic and Radiomuseum.org couldn't find it.


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 Post subject: Re: What to do with this Motorola car radio?
PostPosted: Sep Thu 02, 2021 12:14 am 
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Why should the car radio ruin it. That's the way it was sold just before the war. That's what makes it so interesting.


Just before all manufacturing had to switch over to wartime manufacturing. some automobile radio manufacturers scrambled to deplete what car radio stock they had left and came up with the idea of incorporating them into console cabinets and selling them as console radios. To a lot of consumers, such radios were the last sets offered on the market before all consumer production shut down. In a way, this Motorola represents one of the very last American prewar radios ever to have been sold on the consumer market before this country fully committed to the war. I'm sure the owner of this set must have felt pretty lucky to have bought this one.

I'd say that's a 1942 Motorola console but it could have been sold in 43.

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 Post subject: Re: What to do with this Motorola car radio?
PostPosted: Sep Thu 02, 2021 12:45 am 
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I actually kind of like it, not the most stylish thing on earth. But as Michael said, it is very interesting.
I like a lot of knobs on my Consoles, but I would be happy to take one of those things in.


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 Post subject: Re: What to do with this Motorola car radio?
PostPosted: Sep Thu 02, 2021 1:01 am 
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On a less fancy cabinet, a car radio would be fine, like what Philco did. With that cabinet, it's like a 1958 Cadillac with no tail fins, Marilyn Monroe crosseyed, a new top-of-the-line iphone with a 1 1/2" screen, a 8 lane highway that has only 2 lanes paved, Mike Tyson at 150 lbs, a Saturn 5 rocket that can only make it Wales, going to a Phish concert with no weed, a 80 year old grandmother knowing more about instagram than her 18 year old grandson, getting Fred Taylor's Zenith Aviatrix home and painting it blue. It just aint right.


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 Post subject: Re: What to do with this Motorola car radio?
PostPosted: Sep Thu 02, 2021 2:04 am 
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No, but it's what they had. From a stylistic perspective, it makes no sense, but from a historical perspective that's what makes it so interesting. But not everyone wants to be a historian and that's okay.

This isn't the first time I've seen one of these; I don't remember the model number but I know I've seen another.


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 Post subject: Re: What to do with this Motorola car radio?
PostPosted: Sep Thu 02, 2021 2:30 pm 
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I've seen plenty of Philcos done that way, never a Motorola. Is there a Motorola museum somewhere? Craig


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 Post subject: Re: What to do with this Motorola car radio?
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This Motorola table radio was for sale last year, BIN priced way high, never sold AFAIK.
The radio would have fit a 1942 Chrysler product.

That one you found has lost the speaker, won't sell. Make a fair offer of maybe $40.

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I'm adding some pics of your console to this post for future searchers, ya never know.
Could be an Oldsmobile radio, such as the Motorola 380, with the speaker not installed in the chassis. Cheers.

Read about a 1942 Motorola Chairside at the 'Boat Anchor Pix' website. A total of 125,000 Motorola car radios were converted.: https://people.ohio.edu/postr/bapix/MotChrSd.htm


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 Post subject: Re: What to do with this Motorola car radio?
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While car radios were being installed in wood cabinets and sold to consumers, the engineers took up the challenge of providing mobile communications using FM frequencies - the Walkie Talkie and Handy Talkie, 1942.


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 Post subject: Re: What to do with this Motorola car radio?
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You all know greyhound will ship them too? It's sweet.


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 Post subject: Re: What to do with this Motorola car radio?
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How about this one? If shipping weren't so high, I'd almost bid on it.
https://www.shopgoodwill.com/Item/129364237


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 Post subject: Re: What to do with this Motorola car radio?
PostPosted: Sep Wed 08, 2021 12:01 am 
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I have a chair side with a Motorola car radio installed and it's factory.

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 Post subject: Re: What to do with this Motorola car radio?
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Jim Dutridge wrote:
I have a chair side with a Motorola car radio installed and it's factory.
Does it look like this one, with the Chrysler radio? If not, please post a pic.


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AuroraOldRadios wrote:
How about this one? If shipping weren't so high, I'd almost bid on it.
https://www.shopgoodwill.com/Item/129364237
Pretty sure that's a post-war radio but have no idea where the cabinet originated.


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 Post subject: Re: What to do with this Motorola car radio?
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AuroraOldRadios wrote:
How about this one? If shipping weren't so high, I'd almost bid on it.
https://www.shopgoodwill.com/Item/129364237


I don't understand this cabinet. Those columns are straight off the RCA 28X5 (1942 set) but none of the rest of it makes sense. Looks like something hacked together in the cabinet shop.


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 Post subject: Re: What to do with this Motorola car radio?
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That's a 1946 Silvertone car radio.

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https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/sears_roe ... 6285a.html

It could be that Silvertone adapted one of their farm battery radio cabinets to house Silvertone automobile radios. Interesting if this was done postwar. I don't see a speaker unless it's small and hidden by the chassis from view. There's always the chance that this is a frankenradio in which someone installed this Silvertone radio inside a blank or surplus cabinet.

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 Post subject: Re: What to do with this Motorola car radio?
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Thanks, Michael. That same radio from RM.org, same rust, is pictured and given the date of 1941(?).

https://sites.google.com/site/identifyi ... rs-roebuck

It just doesn't fit the cabinet very well. I don't think the Sears bosses would have approved it.
Maybe it has slipped down from the original angle. Somebody might have messed with the rear bracket. Somebody go buy it. :D

Sears Roebuck 57K 7091 ch 101.665 (Colonial)
Silvertone AM PB radio 6V
Universal 1941(?)
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Sears Roebuck 6285A 1946(?)
Sears Roebuck 101 666-1B 1951(?)

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 Post subject: Re: What to do with this Motorola car radio?
PostPosted: Sep Thu 09, 2021 12:02 am 
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westcoastjohn wrote:
Jim Dutridge wrote:
I have a chair side with a Motorola car radio installed and it's factory.
Does it look like this one, with the Chrysler radio? If not, please post a pic.


Yes, that is exactly what mine looks like. Took a year or so to find a replacement power transformer for it.

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