Zenith 500D Transistor Radio

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Zenith 500D

This is a vintage Zenith transistor radio. This particular style, called the Model 500D was manufactured in 1959. The Model D was the third generation of the 500 model Zenith radios that were first introduced in 1958. This model was only available in two other colors: tan and maroon.

Weighing about a pound, this radio, when new, would have sold for $75.00. These 8-transistor radios were powered by 4-AA batteries. Originally about 250,000 of them were produced. These have been nicknamed the “owl eye” radio by many collectors, because of the shape and placement of the dials.

Last updated: Oct 30, 2009
Filed under: Retro Museum, Technology Tagged with: 1950s, technology