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Unique Cars - - MORLEY’S WORKSHOP -

We now take car ra­dios for ab­so­lute granted, but the whole idea nearly didn’t make it. The two Amer­i­cans try­ing to make the car ra­dio con­cept work­able back in 1929, Wil­liam Lear and Elmer Wa­ver­ing, had built a pro­to­type and in­stalled it in a Stude­baker. They vis­ited the lo­cal bank to get a loan to go into pro­duc­tion and de­cided to help things along by in­stalling a spare ra­dio in the bank man­ager’s Packard. Thirty min­utes later, the Packard caught fire. No, they didn’t get the loan. But the brand they even­tu­ally es­tab­lished? Mo­torola.

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