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1950s Vintage Red Roberts R66 2 Waveband Valve Radio

1950s Vintage Red Roberts R66 2 Waveband Valve Radio


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1950s Vintage Red Roberts R66 2 Waveband Valve Radio

This 1950s Vintage Red Roberts R66 2 Waveband Valve Radio is a British Made Portable Radio. Extremely well engineered, it works directly from the mains, using the built in red braided lead, or requires a 90volt HT and a 1.5volt LT Batteries (Cells): which are not included.

As this is a more than 60 years old radio it may have some age related defects, but in general it looks stunning and will be a great addition to any radio collection.

  • It has recently been fully checked, serviced, cleaned and polished. It is complete and original, and in pretty good cosmetic condition for its age.
  • The radio is working on both MW and LW. NB: the radio does not have FM/VHF
  • Original red rexine leather cloth covered wood cabinet is intact and in pretty good condition: it does have surface scuffs and two of the bottom corners are quite worn. The defects in the corners are not immediately obvious when displayed.
  • Cream bakelite knobs are in good condition and the display is still bright and colourful, albeit with some surface marks.
  • It has a very good red leather carry handle and a rotating turntable disc on the base.
  • Red enamel Roberts badge is bright and in good condition.

The R66 is a 4 valve 2 waveband radio covering the medium and long wavebands from an internal ferrite rod aerial and featuring slow motion tuning. It was introduced in April 1956 at £13. 19s. 9d. (around £400 at today’s prices!)


  • Wave bands: Medium Wave (MW) and Long Wave (LW) only from an internal ferrite rod aerial
  • Work from the mains using the in built lead (AC only) or requires a 1.5volt LT and a 90 volt HT Batteries/ cells. The batteries are not included due the difficulties in shipping anything with batteries.
  • The wooden case is finished in a red rexine leatherette cloth
  • It has a red leather handle.
  • A large hinged door on the back gives access to the battery compartment and valves.
  • Approximate Dimensions excluding handle(WHD): 26 x 18 x 12.5 cm / 10.2 x 7.1 x 4.9 inch

Additional Information:

Country: Great Britain (UK)
Manufacturer / Brand: Roberts Radio Co.Ltd., East Molesey, Surrey, UK
Year: 1956 Category: Broadcast Receiver
Reception principle Super-Heterodyne (Super in general)
Loudspeaker: Permanent Magnet Dynamic (moving coil)

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