SOLD! - Nov 5, 2017 - MELLOW YELLOW Mid Century Vintage Retro 1959 Admiral 296 Tube AM Clock Radio Sounds Great! Rare Color!
MELLOW YELLOW Mid Century Vintage Retro 1959 Admiral 296 Tube AM Clock Radio Sounds Great! Rare Color!
DIMENSIONS: Approximately 15" x 6" x 6" (l x w x h)
COLOR: Gold-ish, yellow
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DESCRIPTION: This is a rare color for this period. Most yellow molded color radios are actually ivory. This is a factory molded yellow color. No repaints. No touch up. None needed. The other color offered in the model was the pastel green color which is slightly more common. Like this one. I rarely see this beautiful yellow color in this model.
This radio was introduced the same year as the 1959 Ford Thunderbird, called the 'flair' bird. This is the second generation Thunderbird that follows the first generation two seater Thunderbird with its iconic rear pillar porthole. The second generation Thunderbird was larger, square, with plenty of bright work!
This Admiral Model 296 is kin to the 1959-60 Ford Flair Bird, in matching yellow! It, too, is boxy with plenty of shiny gold trim that bespeaks of luxury and youthful energy!
Tabletop tube AM clock radio alarm manufactured by Admiral in 1959 excellent+ working condition. Picks up AM stations clearly and loudly up and down the dial without need of external antenna attachment. Cabinet is in excellent condition with no cracks, splits, or missing material. Still glossy with just minor scratches and abrasions. This radio is almost 60 years old! The knobs are in excellent condition. Clear dial face has two stress fractures emanating from the knob posts. No missing ink, smudges, or rub-off on clock dial lettering. The tuning dial works fine and smooth no slipping. All paper and wax capacitors have been replaced with modern equivalents so this radio has another 50+ years or more of playing time! The clock works and keep accurate time for a mechanical analog design. The radio alarm works. The buzzer works. The clock and alarm set function work. There is a appliance timer function in back. The tubes are working fine. All out-of-spec resistors have been replaced with modern correct value and voltage equivalents. There is no loud or pervasive hum. There is no loud or pervasive static between stations unless you operate near modern megahertz devices. The set has been aligned according to factory specifications. The power cord and plug are good original working condition with no cracks, or splits. No exposed wiring. The radio has been thoroughly cleaned and inspected. All wiring has been thoroughly checked for possible bridging and weak solder connection. Comes from non-smoking, mature, clean professional environment no pets. This thing belongs in a museum!