[collectibles] E-type Roadster Radio?

I have a Red xke a AM radio made by Swank approx. 7-8 inches
long, does anyone how collectable or is there any value to it.
Thanks Dan–
Daniel Bierbrauer
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Dan,

These are pretty common, I think. I’ve seen a bunch of them. I don’t think
they have a great collectibility or value.

I’ll bet if you search eBay for “Jaguar Radio” you’ll turn up one or more of
these and you can see what they bring there.

Best regards,

Gregory Wells 800-331-2193 x103
Coventry West, Inc. - Atlanta, GA www.coventrywest.com
New, Rebuilt, and Used Jaguar & Land-Rover Parts

-----Original Message-----
Daniel Bierbrauer posted:> I have a Red xke a AM radio made by Swank approx. 7-8 inches
long, does anyone how collectable or is there any value to it.

I have a couple of these. I think they go for about $25. You can’t get
anything worthwhile on AM radio these days.

Mike Frank

At 05:15 PM 8/7/2003 +0200, you wrote:> I have a Red xke a AM radio made by Swank approx. 7-8 inches

long, does anyone how collectable or is there any value to it.

Hi, Mike!

I have to disagree with you about AM radio. You see, here in Atlanta, the
Braves games are broadcast on an AM station.

In fact, today’s game starts in about an hour. Five home runs last night!;
wonder how many they’ll hit today?

If you were limiting your opinion to just music, I cannot much disagree with
you. :sunglasses:

Best regards,

Gregory Wells 800-331-2193 x103
Coventry West, Inc. - Atlanta, GA www.coventrywest.com
New, Rebuilt, and Used Jaguar & Land-Rover Parts

Mike Frank opined:>

I have a couple of these. I think they go for about $25. You can’t get
anything worthwhile on AM radio these days.

Having done a bit of research on Series 1 and 2 E-Type Jag radios, the more
“correct” radio is a Blaupunkt Frankfort and there’s another one for early
Series 1’s, the “Playmate” Radiomobile. USA dealers could install anything
they liked, and most often these were Motorola’s. I’ve not heard or seen a
Swank radio, but as long as it’s from the correct range of years, it’s okay
for your car. Personally, I think the Blaupunkt looks the best. In regards
to “worth”, a lot depends on the condition. Even if you find a working
unit, you should expect to spend some money on it to have it restored. I
paid $100 for a Blaupunkt Frankfort that was in fair shape. I didn’t even
try to plug it in. I sent it to an expert radio restorer and he fixed it up
to where all of the bands were working…cost another $100. But then again,
mine is a concours car (the current JCNA Nat’l Champion Series-1 E-Type).
For a driver, anything will do. Whatever you do, don’t cut any sheetmetal
to get it to fit. Stay away from pieces of crap that don’t work…not
worth the effort. Spend a little more and get something that will work and
compliment the car.

Cheers!
Patrick McLoad=======================================================

At 11:41 AM 8/7/2003 -0400, you wrote:

I have a couple of these. I think they go for about $25. You can’t get
anything worthwhile on AM radio these days.

Mike Frank

At 05:15 PM 8/7/2003 +0200, you wrote:

I have a Red xke a AM radio made by Swank approx. 7-8 inches
long, does anyone how collectable or is there any value to it.

Patrick,

Unless I am mistaken, the question concerned a radio similar to the one you
can see in eBay auction number 3039933068, rather than to an actual radio
one would install in an E-Type.

Best regards,

Gregory Wells 800-331-2193 x103
Coventry West, Inc. - Atlanta, GA www.coventrywest.com
New, Rebuilt, and Used Jaguar & Land-Rover Parts

Patrick Mcload wrote:>

Having done a bit of research on Series 1 and 2 E-Type Jag
radios (bigsnip)

Ohhh…a toy radio. Sorry guys. Yes, these are all over the place and are
basically worthless…unless you absolutely have nothing better to spend
your money on.
Regards
Patrick McLoad
www.mcload.com======================================

At 12:25 PM 8/7/2003 -0400, you wrote:

Patrick,

Unless I am mistaken, the question concerned a radio similar to the one you
can see in eBay auction number 3039933068, rather than to an actual radio
one would install in an E-Type.

Best regards,

Gregory Wells 800-331-2193 x103
Coventry West, Inc. - Atlanta, GA www.coventrywest.com
New, Rebuilt, and Used Jaguar & Land-Rover Parts

Patrick Mcload wrote:

Having done a bit of research on Series 1 and 2 E-Type Jag
radios (bigsnip)

Whilst not disagreeing with Patrick, this comment should probably be
prefaced as being relevant to USA market cars only. Blaupunkt was
certainly not either the preferred, nor a common fitment in Series 1 and 2
E-Types in either UK or other export markets other than USA, and I would not
be overly sure that Blaupunkt were factory fitment anyway for USA market
cars, more likely USA dealer fitment, or aftermarket accessory?, although I
do have paperwork for a USA sale 3.8 roadster, picked up from factory in UK
for use in Europe prior to import to USA with all its special order
Blaupunkt radio paperwork.

Roger Payne
GPO Box 39
CANBERRA A.C.T. 2601
Australia----- Original Message -----
From: “Patrick Mcload” mcload@ev1.net
To: collectibles@jag-lovers.org
Sent: Friday, 8 August 2003 2:01
Subject: Re: [collectibles] E-type Roadster Radio ??

| Having done a bit of research on Series 1 and 2 E-Type Jag radios, the
more
| “correct” radio is a Blaupunkt Frankfort and there’s another one for early
| Series 1’s, the “Playmate” Radiomobile. USA dealers could install anything
| they liked, and most often these were Motorola’s. I’ve not heard or seen a
| Swank radio, but as long as it’s from the correct range of years, it’s
okay
| for your car. Personally, I think the Blaupunkt looks the best. In regards
| to “worth”, a lot depends on the condition. Even if you find a working
| unit, you should expect to spend some money on it to have it restored. I
| paid $100 for a Blaupunkt Frankfort that was in fair shape. I didn’t even
| try to plug it in. I sent it to an expert radio restorer and he fixed it
up
| to where all of the bands were working…cost another $100. But then
again,
| mine is a concours car (the current JCNA Nat’l Champion Series-1 E-Type).
| For a driver, anything will do. Whatever you do, don’t cut any sheetmetal
| to get it to fit. Stay away from pieces of crap that don’t work…not
| worth the effort. Spend a little more and get something that will work and
| compliment the car.
|
| Cheers!
| Patrick McLoad
| =======================================================
|
|
| At 11:41 AM 8/7/2003 -0400, you wrote:
| >I have a couple of these. I think they go for about $25. You can’t get
| >anything worthwhile on AM radio these days.
| >
| >Mike Frank
| >
| >At 05:15 PM 8/7/2003 +0200, you wrote:
| >> I have a Red xke a AM radio made by Swank approx. 7-8 inches
| >>long, does anyone how collectable or is there any value to it.
| >
| >
| >

Roger,

I purchased a Blaupunkt for my 1953 XK120 and the price was dear back
then. The worst part was my SE OTS was so loud you couldn’t hear it. As
I recall, the cost of the radio was not too much less than the car. My
“new to me” 1954 has no radio, I’d rather listen to the exhaust

I just wandered down to the barn to check out the radio in my one owner,
1963 Series 1 E Type. It’s a Motorola AM only, but all transistor
(Wow!), which obviously was installed in the States.

Hope that helps the goose chase.

Regards, John M.On Fri, 8 Aug 2003 18:11:45 +1000 “Roger Payne” rpayne@austarmetro.com.au writes: Whilst not disagreeing with Patrick, this comment should probably be prefaced as being relevant to USA market cars only. Blaupunkt was certainly not either the preferred, nor a common fitment in Series 1 and 2 E-Types in either UK or other export markets other than USA, and I would not be overly sure that Blaupunkt were factory fitment anyway for USA market cars, more likely USA dealer fitment, or aftermarket accessory?, although I do have paperwork for a USA sale 3.8 roadster, picked up from factory in UK for use in Europe prior to import to USA with all its special order Blaupunkt radio paperwork. Roger Payne GPO Box 39 CANBERRA A.C.T. 2601 Australia Original Message ----- From: “Patrick Mcload” mcload@ev1.net To: collectibles@jag-lovers.org Sent: Friday, 8 August 2003 2:01 Subject: Re: [collectibles] E-type Roadster Radio ?? | Having done a bit of research on Series 1 and 2 E-Type Jag radios, the more | “correct” radio is a Blaupunkt Frankfort and there’s another one for early | Series 1’s, the “Playmate” Radiomobile. USA dealers could install anything | they liked, and most often these were Motorola’s. I’ve not heard or seen a | Swank radio, but as long as it’s from the correct range of years, it’s okay | for your car. Personally, I think the Blaupunkt looks the best. In regards | to “worth”, a lot depends on the condition. Even if you find a working | unit, you should expect to spend some money on it to have it restored. I | paid $100 for a Blaupunkt Frankfort that was in fair shape. I didn’t even | try to plug it in. I sent it to an expert radio restorer and he fixed it up | to where all of the bands were working…cost another $100. But then again, | mine is a concours car (the current JCNA Nat’l Champion Series-1 E-Type). | For a driver, anything will do. Whatever you do, don’t cut any sheetmetal | to get it to fit. Stay away from pieces of crap that don’t work…not | worth the effort. Spend a little more and get something that will work and | compliment the car. | | Cheers! | Patrick McLoad | ======================================================= | | | At 11:41 AM 8/7/2003 -0400, you wrote:

| >I have a couple of these. I think they go for about $25. You
can’t get
| >anything worthwhile on AM radio these days.
| >
| >Mike Frank
| >
| >At 05:15 PM 8/7/2003 +0200, you wrote:
| >> I have a Red xke a AM radio made by Swank approx. 7-8 inches
| >>long, does anyone how collectable or is there any value to it.
| >
| >
| >

In reply to a message from Patrick Mcload sent Thu 7 Aug 2003:

Patrick your radio is ok for the period and so you got no demerits
for it. The ‘‘correct’’ radios are listed in the rear of J30/J37/J38
and the series II parts suppliment. My 63 E has it’s Motorola with
the much desired Jaguar wings on the face. Correct Factory radio
for a series II is a 5 button Phillips which is in fact a pretty
good radio and will push up to 4 speakers. Your radio was possibly
ordered special but as you know you would have to prove that. It
was probably installed later.–
George Camp
Columbia SC, United States
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Thanks George, I’ll look it up. The Blaupunkt Frankfurt(er) that I now have
in my car is one that I personally pulled out of a 64 or 65 rust bucket
E-Type Roadster parts car. Paid $75 for it and another $100 to have it
restored. Actually, my E-Type had a cheap-looking Motorola in it…which I
still have.
Thanks for the information.

Patrick McLoad==================================

At 04:09 PM 8/23/2003 +0200, you wrote:

In reply to a message from Patrick Mcload sent Thu 7 Aug 2003:

Patrick your radio is ok for the period and so you got no demerits
for it. The ‘‘correct’’ radios are listed in the rear of J30/J37/J38
and the series II parts suppliment. My 63 E has it’s Motorola with
the much desired Jaguar wings on the face. Correct Factory radio
for a series II is a 5 button Phillips which is in fact a pretty
good radio and will push up to 4 speakers. Your radio was possibly
ordered special but as you know you would have to prove that. It
was probably installed later.

George Camp
Columbia SC, United States
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