HOW TO BUY A CLASSIC CAR RADIO

Like if this guide is helpful
Here at chromelondon.com we specialise in all original classic car radios. Your classic car just is not complete without one!
Best place to start is research the options that were available for the car when it was made, many had factory audio options but many more simply left the factory without a radio and it was up to the dealer to supply one. You can always drop us a line by email to mike@chromelondon.com or call us on 07799242626 and we will be happy to advise on the correct radio for your car, whether you are going for concours or simply want to return to originality, our advise is always honest and informed.
Your car will either have an original dash or at some point had the dash modified to take a modern DIN sized radio. If original then you will either have two holes either side of a central aperture (called a spindle fit) in this case the radio is installed from behind and through, secured with nuts and washers on the knob shafts or spindles as they are called. The other common dash slot will normally be a 7 inch by 2 inch rectangular slot, this is a simple slot in installation. The vast majority of 1960s-1980s radios have a body width of 7 inches and a body height of 1.75-2 inches making installation simple.

Although we always advise professional installation these analogue radios are very simply to fit. They are earthed on the radio body and this should be done before any other connections are made. Our radios are supplied with speaker plugs inserted which means you just insert the aerial, connect the speakers and finally add the live power wire. Always best to insulate connections and where possible add an inline fuse. We would recommend wiring via the cars ignition or fuse box and never directly to the battery.

At chromelondon.com we also offer mp3 leads free with our radios. These plug into the 6 pin din socket common on the rear of most classic car radios and connect via a 3.5mm jack to your digital device. Our new Model One lead has surge protection to stop your device burning out, one metre long for convenience and has both male and female inputs.

In the past you would have to marry up a negative earth radio to a negative earth car, the same for positive. However chromelondon can supply an inverter which is a small box allowing any negative radio to be fitted into a positive earth car. Saves you the expense of converting your entire cars electrics and gives you a much wider choice of radios.

We offer free ongoing advise which  you should take advantage of before, during and after you choose an original car radio.As we said from the start your classic car is just not complete with its original radio..
Have something to share, create your own guide... Write a guide
Explore more guides