This is a RARE radio!
made by Crosley, model 165
This item is
NOT for sale
Since I acquired this radio, I'm seeking any historical information on
it to include on this page.
My interest in radio began as a child in the
early 1950's (see my
page). Most of the old radios I acquired then would end
dissected. Around the age of 12 - 13 years, I found a radio
just like the one pictured above and repaired it. I was so proud of
myself as this was the very first time I did such a thing. Up 'til
then, they usually ended up as parts stored in several coffee cans.
The copper wire which I removed from the speaker fields and
transformers I sold at the scrap yard for spending money.
My Special Interest
Ever since I started collecting radios (in the mid 1960's), I
would occasionally think about that large "Coca-Cola" bottle radio I
had back then and what a nice piece it would be for my collection. I
have no idea what became of it, I probably sold it for $5.00 and it's
likely sitting on the shelf of a "Coke" memorabilia collector
I restored the electronics for the previous owner (Cal Nicholson of
Hanover, PA), he did the beautiful restoration of the cosmetics and
painstaking repainted it being very careful to match the original
color perfectly. Afterwards he offered me the opportunity to purchase
the radio. Since the one of my childhood, I had never seen or come
across another until this one (and I've seen a lot of radios and
collections in my lifetime). So acquiring this piece has a lot of
special meaning to me. I understand few were made and most all of them
are in the collection of those who collect Coca-Cola memorabilia.
For those of you who are technically oriented, the circuitry used in
this is a bit unusual. First, it is a Super-Het with the IF frequency
of 456 Kc. (or KHz for you modernaires). The unusual part is the
volume control circuitry, it's like that which is used in the TRF type
radios of the late 1920's. The volume is controlled by a variable
resistor in the antenna circuit. When the volume level is decreased,
the antenna is shunted to ground while the cathode resistor value of
the IF amplifier is increased (reducing the gain of that stage). A
very poor way to control volume.
I modified the
circuitry a bit by removing the antenna control, fixing the bias of
the IF amp, adding a variable resistor in the grid circuit of the
audio amplifier and adding AVC. This greatly improved the performance of the radio without
any alterations to the external appearance of the chassis. Since
no schematic for this radio could be found, I spent several hours
detailing and drawing one.
Case: painted Bakelite
Finish: perfect like new
Chassis: very clean
Tuning type: capacitance, super-het
Power transformer: yes
Grille cloth: N/A
No. of tubes: 5
Electronic condition: restored, excellent
Flaws, cracks, blems : none
Frequency coverage: AM, standard broadcast
Antenna requirements: long wire
Measurements: 24" tall x 8" dia.
Schematics for sale
I offer for sale;
professionally drawn schematics for the model 165 Coke Bottle Radio.
The package includes:
My improved circuit modifications schematic
Chassis pictures (inside & out, before & after restoration).
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also available, replica dial scale