It sounds, to me, like you already appreciate the overall looks of the radio so why not go all the way and restore it to do what is was originally designed to do, tune in radio stations. Go ahead and post some photos of your radio on this forum. It sounds like you may have something worth restoring.
If you don't know how to post photos on this forum, send them to me in full size format at firstname.lastname@example.org
and I'll post them for you.