This unusual Motorola Portable AM Radio is Model #5A7 and has a serial #18987. It is date stamped inside "Sep 18 1947", which is clear in the photos attached. Encased in a steel and painted dark maroon, it has six tubes. The face and front grill is made of bakelite. Clicks open with a spring action and closes by just pushing the bottom front until it clicks. The back comes open with a push of a button on the top rear. Not only did it run on batteries but it also has a 110V plug in cord option. The cord is original but the plug is not and it's in much too frayed a condition to plug in, so it is not operable. There are no parts missing so I assume it can be refurbished by a professional if desired. The handle on the top is red leather and has a spring action when pulled and one side slips out when pulled too hard. In a dark maroon color The overall look is terrific although it is a little dirty and has a few small marks here and there (that's paper stuck to the bottom in the photo). Remember our motto "Don't Mess With The Patina".
Very early model of the "small" portable radio era, it measures 5" high by 8" wide and is 4" deep. This is a rare and unusual radio that looks sharp and will make a great addition to any radio collection at home, office or gallery. Please e-mail us with any questions.
Item ID: PR 101