Mr. Detrola wrote:
Looks like an aftermarket radio for a 1960 Chevrolet based upon the unique faceplate and the CH-60 label on the back of it. These were available by mail order and also sometimes installed by car dealers since they could make more profit on an aftermarket radio if they sold it for the same price as an OEM unit.
Since it does not have pushbutton tuning, it would probably be of no interest to car collectors, so feel free to do whatever you want with it. You might find that it still works. The only value there is probably in tubes and parts.
Perhaps I did not make my post too clear?
Reading the first line of Dennis’s post tells us that it is an aftermarket radio. While Stromberg-Carlson did make OEM radios for Edsel, the radio in question is not an OEM radio, and the difference in build quality is obvious. The Stromberg-Carlson page in AR-14 lists the following models, all with the same basic chassis:
CH-60M, CH-60-PB (For 1960 Chevrolets)
DA-60-PB (For 1960 Dodge Darts)
DE-60-PB (For 1960 De Sotos)
DO-60-PB (For 1960 Dodges)
FA-60-M, FA-60-PB (For 1960 Falcons)
FO-60-M, FO-60-PB (For 1960 Fords)
The difference between “M” and “PB” models is mechanical only, the electronics are the same. Some may have a fader for a rear seat speaker. None of the models are “Search-Tune”.
I’ve noticed that some aftermarket radios do have escutcheon features that at first glance would have you think it was an “upscale” or OEM model. One instance of this is the FO-60-PB pictured in AR-14. While the 1960 OEM Ford radio had the word “F O R D” on the escutcheon under the dial, the Stromberg-Carlson aftermarket version has four black dots spaced exactly like the OEM Ford letters. Knobs are almost duplicates of the original factory items.
By the way, Stromberg-Carlson apparently took advantage of the tooling for their OEM Edsel radios as they marketed their “C.A.R. 7” and “C.A.R. 9” models as aftermarket for 59 Edsel or Ford. Virtually identical to their OEM line. Have to wonder what Ford thought about that?