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1959 Tokai Motorola X11

Shirt pocket radio, thermoplastic cabinet
4 1/8 x 2 5/8 x 1 3/16 inches / 105 x 67 x 30 mm
Six transistors (Toshiba), one diode (Toshiba 1N60), superheterodyne circuit
One standard 9-volt battery
Manufactured by Tokai Wireless Co., Ltd., Tokyo
Distributed by Motorola, Inc., Chicago, Illinois

Manufactured by Tokai for Motorola, this was Motorola's first transistor radio made in Japan. The transistors and diode were made by Toshiba.

A May 3, 1959 article in the New York Times, "U.S. Radio Makers May Import Parts Low-Cost Units From Japan Slated to Be Sold Under American Brands", highlights the X11 as America's first Japan-made shirt-pocket radio, though not naming it by model number.


Tokai Motorola X11RJ


Tokai Motorola X11B


inside back covers


two X11 chasses

back to 1959 Japan index page



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