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Telefunken radios

#1 Post by Brett Johnson » Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:06 pm

Is anybody out there an expert in the models of Telefunken radios found in early 356s? I don't mean repairing them, but knowing model names/numbers/dates manufactured -- that type of stuff. Here's the one I put in 5142. Didn't work, but filled the big hole well.
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Re: Telefunken radios

#2 Post by James Davies » Thu Feb 21, 2019 10:51 pm

Yeah, there were at least 3 Telefunkens factory-installed during the pre-A period and at least 2 Blaupunkts. Probably more.

Your pictured one is the first used I believe, the Telefunken IA51 (could be an IB50).

The Telefunken ID52V was very commonly factory-installed in 1952 and 1953, up through about ~July1953.

The Telefunken ID53V started being factory installed in Aug 1953 and continued through 1955 I believe.

There were some Blaupunkt A51EM radios factory installed in July/Aug 1953. Coupe 50960 and cab 60212 each had one. There are many period photos of Blaupunkts installed in 1954 and 1955 cars. You can tell these radios as they look like the 1954-55 Telefunkens, but the speaker grill is below the radio, not above it as the Telefunkens. Don't know the model of this one.

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#4 Post by Brett Johnson » Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:58 pm

Attached photo of the original Blaupunkt radio on CB -- 54205. It actually works! I don't know what model it is, but it is not a Köln, which was a signal seeker. It is AM/FM/LW with an abbreviated FM band that goes the wrong direction. There is a similar photo with model listing on Vintageblau. Regrettably, they are only model names and do not describe the differences. They also don't seem to answer inquiries -- at least timely. Does anyone have more detailed information about these models? The Gutefahrt folks don't show these models either -- just earlier and later ones. I can take a better photo when the weather gets better...
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Re: Telefunken radios

#5 Post by Spencer Harris » Fri Feb 22, 2019 7:20 pm

Drew Ogden wrote:
Thu Feb 21, 2019 11:01 pm
Here is some good info:

http://gutefahrt.com/radio/telefunken.html
Good reference site Drew. Thanks for posting!

And there's the rarely seen AM/FM TRUETONE model...
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Re: Telefunken radios

#6 Post by James Davies » Tue Feb 26, 2019 2:38 am

Very cool radio Brett! Here's a period photo of coupe 52280 that Mats Carlsson shared with us a while back.

radiomuseum.org is an excellent source for specs, though you need to be a member. Send me photos of your radio serial number and model number tag, and I bet we can figure out the model.
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Re: Telefunken radios

#7 Post by James Davies » Tue Feb 26, 2019 2:42 am

Brett, I think yours is this Frankfurt.

https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/blaupunkt ... 453_2.html

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