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Automatic Radio

8-Track Players

I remember back in the late 60's while living in Northern NH, of riding the school bus for just about an hour each way.  The owner of the bus company (Ham Ford), thought of this wonderful idea of installing stereos in the busses to keep us kids quiet.  

The make of choice seemed to be Automatic Radio.  I remember at least 3 different models with the largest bus being the one that you really wanted to ride, because it had 4 speakers!!

Most of the earlier models only had a blue power indicator light and the later models used green to actually indicate the channel.  As far as I know, the exception was the 811, which used a white back-lit rotating wheel to indicate the channel.

I'm still looking for images of AR players, so if you happen to have one, please let me know!!  Thanks....

AR206

The majority of the busses had the model above.

 

The largest bus had one of these, pictured above, for a while.

Another photo with the AC Power Supply for home use.

I know at some point, at least one of the busses had one of these.

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

4 Track Players

 

 

RAL530 Quad - Not positive about this one, it claims to be made by "Rally", but notice the "AR" logo in the center of the name along the top center edge.

 

 

 

 

Above had FM radio. Model SPC5002

Above was 2 channel Stereo or 4 channel quad.

 

Another version, No FM and Stereo only

 

 

Same as other two above except no Fine Tune or Repeat

 

Similar to the previous one with addition of FM

Titans

STS2450

QME2445B

CFE-8001, 4 & 8 Track

 

In-Dash Players

 

  

 

CET6750

 

Portable Players

PEX1032

SEP9800

PEL2501

PEM2523

PEM2523

 

PXL-2545

Cassette Players

Didn't know they made a Cassette player too....

Radio Adapters

And an AM/FM to 8-Track converter...

Home Stereo Units

SMX9901



HRP-1356 Recorder

 

HGE-6779A

Unknown why there's an antenna on the back, unless there's some internal connection for the 8-track <> FM tuner adapter.



HSX-7000 Recorder, tuner, amp for turn table.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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