Lou Metelko wrote
> There was never a factory installed radio in the 4A's. All radios were
> dealer installed so the speaker(s) could be anywhere. My original 4A
> (CTC64139) had a lone speaker mounted on the rear shelf.
Sorry, Lou - but with respect you're wrong! There were plenty of cars of all
factory fitted radios, but few if any had radios fitted to them in which the
exported for sale in another country. This was primarily to avoid a flood of
insurance claims for theft of radios in transit. Quite enough other stuff got
well. In any one year, between three and four thousand cars were sold under the
Personal Export Scheme in which the owner drove the car in UK or Europe before
shipment to the eventual destination market. The majority of those cars had
radios in them
and the factory approved units were only Smiths 'Radiomobile' AM receivers.
into Europe were fitted with Medium and Long wave units (five pushbuttons),
had Medium wave only (manual tune) and the Rest of the World had Medium/ Short
band manual tune.
Cars sold in the US as new imports had a dealer fit radio. This was not a
item and mostly sourced from within the US. Mostly they were branded Triumph
factory fitted units on the P.E. cars were clearly branded as Radiomobile.
Until about 1960/61, all factory fit radios had a separate valve (tube) pack on
scuttle with the tuner just ahead of the gear lever. Current consumption was
about 7 amps
with a one minute or so warm-up.
The TR4A loudspeaker location on factory fitted units was an oval speaker
mounted so that
it 'shouted' into either the driver or passenger footwell from its location on
transmission tunnel. TR6's often had a round speaker in a shallow square
in the centre of the fuel tank trim board aft of the seats