Flashback: in-car record players


Car Design News takes a look back at the unlikely trend to integrate turntables in the cockpit 

The year 2023 may best be remembered for its long, hot summer and if you are inclined to brave the heat and venture out on that road trip, then taking your tunes along would not only be nice, but practically a necessity.

The idea of a personal soundtrack to accompany us in all our wanderings is an old one, but for many years it remained just a dream. In the US, car radios began appearing in vehicles in the 1930s, usually as an aftermarket item – and an expensive one at that. But within a decade AM radios became an affordable luxury, with FM following after World War II.

Radio – AM radio – ruled the airwaves in

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