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    Just a curiosity question; does anyone know when the Conelrad symbols first appeared on a Studebaker radio dial?
    Thanks, Howard
    Howard - Los Angeles chapter SDC
    '53 Commander Starliner (Finally running and driving, but still in process)
    '56 Golden Hawk (3 speed/overdrive, Power steering - Running, but not yet driving)
    '62 GT Hawk (4 speed, A/C, Power steering - running and DRIVING!)

  • #2
    1954.

    Craig

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    • #3
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CONELRAD

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      • #4
        Thanks Bob and Craig.
        Howard - Los Angeles chapter SDC
        '53 Commander Starliner (Finally running and driving, but still in process)
        '56 Golden Hawk (3 speed/overdrive, Power steering - Running, but not yet driving)
        '62 GT Hawk (4 speed, A/C, Power steering - running and DRIVING!)

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        • #5
          The CONELRAD symbols were required on radios manufactured starting in 1953. Every 1953 Studebaker radio that I have owned did not have these symbols on it. I assume that the radios were built in calendar year 1952 for installation in 1953 models or put in stock for sale to dealers for installation in 1953 models.
          Remember that at that time many cars, especially low priced models, were assembled without a radio. I have owned 1953 Commander Starliners that were built without a radio. Sometimes the dealer installed a Studebaker or aftermarket radio, sometimes the customer installed, or had installed, a radio later and some of the cars never received a radio.
          Gary L.
          Wappinger, NY

          SDC member since 1968
          Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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          • #6
            Originally posted by studegary View Post
            The CONELRAD symbols were required on radios manufactured starting in 1953.
            That may be correct for household radios, but according to the January, 1954 Motor Trend, Motorola & Chrysler get credit for being the first automobile radios to have them:



            Craig

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            • #7
              As previously mentioned - 1954.
              RadioRoy, specializing in AM/FM conversions with auxiliary inputs for iPod/satellite/CD player. In the old car radio business since 1985.

              17A-S2 - 50 Commander convertible
              10G-C1 - 51 Champion starlight coupe
              10G-Q4 - 51 Champion business coupe
              4H-K5 - 53 Commander starliner hardtop
              5H-D5 - 54 Commander Conestoga wagon
              56B-D4 - 56 Commander station wagon
              60V-L6 - 60 Lark convertible

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