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1958 Zenith Royal 1000-D "Trans-Oceanic"

Large portable radio, nickel-plated metal cabinet, "genuine leather" overlay
12 5/8 x 10 1/4 x 4 3/4 inches / 321 x 260 x 121 mm
Nine transistors (Zenith, 121-44, 2x 121-46, 2x 121-47, 121-48, 121-49, 121-75, 121-76), superheterodyne circuit
Nine 1.5-volt "D" cells
Manufactured by Zenith Radio Corp.; Chicago, Illinois

Manufactured shortly after the 1957 Royal 1000, there's little to differentiate the two models, the biggest difference being that the 1000-D added a long wave band. The Royal 1000 series was of course the first transistorized version of the famous Zenith "Trans-Oceanic" multi-band portable radios that began production in 1941 or '42. And, as found on many of the tube models, the 1000 series had its own "Wavemagnet" detachable antenna, a time zone chart, and a pull-out reception guide and log. Surely this was the finest multi-band transistor portable radio of its time!

1958 Zenith Royal 1000-D, chassis 9AT41Z2

1958 Zenith Royal 1000-D, chassis 9AT41Z2

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