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.