radiomuseum.org

 
Please click your language flag. Bitte Sprachflagge klicken.

History of the manufacturer  

Car Radio & TV Co Pty Ltd; (Austral), Sydney

As a member you can upload pictures (but not single models please) and add text.
Both will display your name after an officer has activated your content, and will be displayed under «Further details ...» plus the text also in the forum.
Name: Car Radio & TV Co Pty Ltd; (Austral), Sydney    (AUS)  
Abbreviation: carrad
Products: Model types Others
Summary:

Car Radio & TV Co Pty Ltd; Glebe, Sydney NSW and Chatswood, Sydney NSW.

The company started as Car Radio Co Pty Ltd in 1950 producing Austral brand car radios and servicing Car Radios. In 1956 the name was changed to Car Radio & TV Co Pty Ltd and production of TVs was commenced. In 1958 they produced a Battery Mantle and a Portable Radio - Both fully Transistorised. With the reduction of import tarrifs in 1975 the company started to produce Coursemaster Auto Pilots for boats and ships to 10000 tons. 

Founded: 1950
Production: 1950 - 1975
History:
This company started in 1950 as Car Radio Co Pty Ltd and produced between 200 and 300 Valve Car Radios using miniature (1 Volt) valves. They also serviced othr makes of car radios. With the advent of TV in the Sydney market in 1956, in time for the Melbourne Olympic Games the company was re-registered as Car Radio & TV Co Pty Ltd and produced 20 17 Inch TV sets which were direct sold to the public. Between 200 and 300 21 inch sets were produced and these were sold through specialist electrical retailers and one Department Store Chain. Some were sold under the Austral brand whilst others were sold under the "Store Brand"
In 1958 the company acquired "Bare Bones" kits of parts that enabled them to make about 1000 Battery-Mantle sets and about 500 6 transistor portables using germanium transistors. Car radio manufacture continued; some radios using up to 10 transistors and some using 2N301 power transistors in a Push-Pull configeration. Close to 2000 transistorised Car radios were produced between 1959 and 1975. Servicing and installation of car radios continued,
The first 1958 car radios used Point to Point wiring but later car Radios used Circuit Boards produced by Technico Electronics to artwork produced by Car Radio & TV. With the excaption of the 1500 transistor radios, the majority of the specialist parts for the TVs and Car Radios were sourced through AWA in Australia. Production slowed in 1975 and the owners registered "Coursemaster Auto-Pilots Pty Ltd" but Car Radio & TV is still a current company. The new company still produces its own Marine Auto Pilots and imports and sells a range of High End compatible electronic equipment.

This manufacturer was suggested by Brian Wilson.


Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
AUS  62 Austral Car Portable CP8-I 2N1637  This was a portable set that could be inserted into an underdash cradle and used as a c... 
AUS  70 Austral AR816 AS301  Austral AR816 This car radio could be used with negative or positive chassis vehicl... 
AUS  62 Austral Car Portable CP8-II 2N1637  This was a portable set (powered by an internal source of 7.5 V) that could be inserted... 
AUS  65 Austral Sapphire Eight AT68 2N1637  This car radio could be adjusted for 6 or 12 volt, negative or positive chassis.  ... 
AUS  65 Austral Sapphire Eight AT8 2N1637  This car radio could be adjusted for 6 or 12 volt, negative or positive chassis.  ... 
AUS  65 Austral AT6 2N1637  This car radio could be adjusted for 6 or 12 volt, negative or positive chassis.  ... 
AUS  68 Austral ARB16 AS301  This car radio could be used with negative or positive chassis vehicles my means of a p... 
AUS  62 Austral 5 Transistor Car Radio 2N1637  It is not clear whether the speaker is incorporated or external.  A 6 volt version... 
AUS  65 Austral ATC111 2N1637  This car radio could be adjusted for 6 or 12 volt, negative or positive chassis.  ... 
AUS  58 Austral 6 Transistor Portable OC44  Uses Solid State devices only (including OA79) Critical components (Tuning cap, coi... 

[rmxhdet-en]

Further details for this manufacturer by the members (rmfiorg):

Advertisement from The Sydney Morning Herald, November 29, 1952. Page 19.tbn_aus_austral_ad_smh_29_11_52_p19~~1.jpg

  
rmXorg