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  • First Studebaker Radio

    Does anyone know the year Studebaker first offered a radio. I am thinking 1934. (A Studebaker option, not a add on).

  • #2
    I have three radios listed for 1931: AC-3, AC-4 and AC-176.

    AC-176 is also listed for 1933.

    Curiously, I have none listed for 1932.
    RadioRoy, specializing in AM/FM conversions with auxiliary inputs for iPod/satellite/CD player. In the old car radio business since 1985.

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    10G-Q4 - 51 Champion business coupe
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    • #3
      Originally posted by RadioRoy View Post
      I have three radios listed for 1931: AC-3, AC-4 and AC-176.

      AC-176 is also listed for 1933.

      Curiously, I have none listed for 1932.

      Were those Philco's? Were they offered across the entire Studebaker line?

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      • #4
        For 1931:
        AC-3 is a Philco Transitone model 7
        AC-4 is a Philco Transitone model 8
        AC-176 is a 5 tube Philco Transitone model 6

        For 1933:
        AC-174 is a single unit Philco radio for open cars.
        AC-177 is a 6 tube Philco Transitone model 9.
        AC-176 is a 5 tube Philco Transitone model 6

        "Single unit" most likely refers to a model that does not have a separate tuning head connected to the radio with speedometer cable technology.

        Except for the open cars, my information does not say what car models these fit, but Mr. Quinn might know. When I wrote my unpublished monograph 30 years ago, I used a number of sources. Among these were Turning Wheels articles, Sams Photofacts and Riders perpetual troubleshooters manuals.

        As far as I know, all factory Studebaker radios from 1931 through 1955 were made by Philco. All 1956-1966 Studebaker factory radios were made by Delco.

        There were some radios marked Transtar that were made by Motorola. These would be for the new dashboard that the trucks got in 56 or 57.

        There were aftermarket car radios built by other companies for almost all of these years.
        Last edited by RadioRoy; 01-11-2020, 05:51 PM.
        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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        • #5
          Have lots of original documentation and advertising on early Studebaker radios starting in 1930.
          Richard Quinn
          Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review

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          • #6
            All closed body Rocknes were also wired for radio.
            We have a Rockne radio for ours that says Rockne on the tuning head.
            Bells Studebaker Diner & Museum
            Bellingham, WA.

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            • #7
              Thanks all for the help, I have been researching first Automotive radio for our website www.rrvcsdc.org and as always wanted to include how Studebaker stacked up against the industry.

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              • #8
                The Majority of the Aftermarket Radios were Motorola, they MAY have also made the Sears Allstate's.
                StudeRich
                Second Generation Stude Driver,
                Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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                • #9
                  I posted a Philco Tranistone in a 1931 President here--------> https://forum.studebakerdriversclub....8-auto-history

                  Craig

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                  • #10
                    While not exactly a radio per se, does a radiotelephone count? Note the molybdenum reference as well.

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                    Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
                    Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
                    sigpic'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée"

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