Car Radio [AWA Datsun]

Maker and role
Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Limited, Manufacturer
Production date
Circa 1970
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Car radio from a Datsun car, made in Australia by AWA for the Nissan Motor Company. Push-button mechanical "memories", plus manual override knob. Stamped on chassis GW 7011. Receives AM only.
Brief History
The Datsun brand was used by Nissan, the Japanese vehicle manufacturer, for cars exported from Japan between 1958 and 1986, to countries including New Zealand and Australia, where this AWA car radio was made.
Car radios first became available in America the 1930s, and although Blaupunkt was the first manufacturer to introduce FM to its car radios, in 1952, this 1970s AWA model receives AM signals only. Commercial broadcasting on FM frequencies began in the 1980s in Australasia.
Credit Line
Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Limited. Circa 1970. Car Radio [AWA Datsun], 2002.109. The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).


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