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    I picked this up on eBay years ago, can anyone identify which model it's from?

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    Air Chief Diamond Dot All Transistor press button radio. They first appeared in this form in the very early sixties.

    Air Chief were made by REI which became Astor in the 60s, which was later taken over by Pye, and eventually Philips in the 70s.

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    Thanks for that, any clues which model Renault it's from?

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    I believe it was a generic version because no Renault came equipped with radio as standard. There was a tapered mounting for the back of the engine/firewall in the R16/TS and a glovebox mounting for the R10.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 68 404 View Post
    Air Chief Diamond Dot All Transistor press button radio. They first appeared in this form in the very early sixties.
    Just a few slight corrections.

    Astor was a good Australian brand commencing in 1927 by Radio Corporation Pty Ltd, which later (circa WW2) changed to Electronic Industries Ltd. The Diamond Dot car radio being introduced in 1962.

    Air-Chief was an Astor radio sold as a General Motors approved accessory.

    The Astor Diamond Dot pictured was a generic radio used by many of the Australian manufacturers, the brand on the front of the radio being altered to the particular manufacturer, such as Leyland, Peugeot, Chrysler etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by R10S FAN View Post
    I picked this up on eBay years ago, can anyone identify which model it's from?

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    Attached are a couple of adverts. Note on the 1947 Air Chief advert the reference to NASCO and GM-H, back then nobody had thought of putting an Astor Inside sticker on the box.

    Also an advert for the Renault Diamond Dot radio, at least Astor got a credit this time. The advert is from the 1971 Rallye Renault propaganda magazine, even by then the Diamond Dot was bulky and outdated, though still a quality performer.
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