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1959 GM Delco Oldsmobile Transportable

Automobile/portable radio, plastic cabinet, nickel- or chrome-plated face
6 15/16 x 3 11/16 x 1 11/16 inches / 176 x 94 x 43 mm
Eight transistors (Delco, DS11, DS12, 2x DS14, DS16, DS19, DS21, DS501), superheterodyne circuit
12-volt rechargeable circuit
Manufactured by Delco Radio Corp.

One of a number of "transportable" radios made by Delco for GM cars at the time, including Pontiac and Buick models. All of these were seated in their car's dashboard or underneath it, where their rechargeable 12-volt batteries were powered by the car's battery — and the big bonus was that they could be removed from the dashboard to become portable.

Oldsmobile Transportable

photo from a January '59 article in RADIO & TV NEWS on the Delco transportables

chassis photo 1 — click on the photo for a larger image

chassis photo 2 — click on the photo for a larger image

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