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The 1958 Oldsmobile had a very interesting option. A first for the industry. It was a portable radio built into dash. You could pull out and take with you.

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The Trans-Portable radios were '58 & 59 options on Olds, Buick & Pontiac for sure. I have never seen this option available for either Cadillac or Chevrolet, but perhaps it was. I am certain GM never offered a RPO record player, but all ChryCo divisions did: '56 (for sure) thru '60 (off the top of my head). Just saw a gorgeous '56 DeSoto with a 'Highway Hi-Fi' unit this weekend.

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An under-dash record player is great...until you drive over a brick road. Seriously, though, I've heard of the Trans-Portable radio before. Allegedly, it was a fine portable unit, but a mediocre in-dash reciever. It naturally lacked the then-breakthrough SEEK feature found on the Wonderbar radios at the time. Like airbags, Guidestar, and CRT touch-screen displays, its yet another lost Oldsmobile/GM innovation...

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*raises eyebrow*

COOL! Heh...those portable radios look a bit more innovative than some things in cars today....


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I'm so obsessed with cars, I really need to get a hobby lol.  It's eating me alive.


*shakes head*

Nah, I'd say you already have a hobby ... cars ;). Keep the cool stuff coming, please!

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*shakes head*

Nah, I'd say you already have a hobby ... cars ;).  Keep the cool stuff coming, please!

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Absolutely!
More of an addiction than a hobby......but it's a good addiction!

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Is it ever an addiction. I always thought I was weird until I discovered a whole bunch of car nuts on the net that were just as obsessed. Now I don't feel so alone.

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As many Olds carshows as I have been to (which has to be a ton in my 24 years on this planet) I don't think I have ever seen one of those... Great find!

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