Vintage Arvin Radios
Vintage Arvin Radios are collectibles radios produced from the 1930s until the 1970s by the American manufacturer Arvin Industries.
Brief history and description
Arvin Industries is based in Columbus, Indiana, and started manufacturing Arvin radios in 1927. The company then started producing auto mobile radios in 1933, followed by home radios in 1934, and televisions in 1948. The company also started manufacturing radios for Sears which were sold under the Silvertone brand name up until 1971.
Arvin radios come in a variety of different shapes and sizes. Some may be round and circular, while others may be square, rectangular or sometimes even oval. Some Arvin radios may even come with chrome piping details or vertical grilles and knobs which also come in a variety of different colours.
These radios can also be tuned in to several different stations, and are able to transmit programs in a variety of different languages; however, it is only accessible via an AM frequency. Some vintage Arvin radios may also come with a built-in clock or antenna as well.
Many Arvin radios have covers or shields to protect various parts (such as the tubes) due to the fact that many of the radio's parts are sensitive and delicate.
Notable auction sales
Vintage Arvin radios
RM Auctions sold four vintage Arvin radios including one Arvin 402-A (circa 1939), one Arvin 540-T (circa 1951), one Arvin 440-T (circa 1950), one Arvin 444-A (circa 1946) as well as two vintage Silverstone radios for $2,100 in June of 2008.
Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, California sold three vintage Arvin tabletop tube radios (currently not operating) with a chrome case for $150 in May of 2008.
Bonham's in New York sold:
- A vintage Arvin radio (circa 1938) with tortoise knobs, a grille and a yellow case for $1,440 in December of 2007.
- A vintage Arvin radio (circa 1938) with a maroon case, yellow knobs and a grille for $900 in December of 2007.
- A vintage maroon Arvin 532 radio (circa 1938) with yellow knobs and a grille for $976 in December of 2009.
- A vintage Arvin 532 radio (circa 1938) with a maroon case, yellow knobs and a grille for $1,342 in December of 2010.
Aristocrat Auction Services, LLC in Denver, Colorado sold a vintage Arvin radio (circa 1950s; 7.5" x 14") along with its original green plastic case for $15 in July of 2008.
Vintage "Hopalong Cassidy" Arvin radios
Burley Auction Group in New Braunfels, Texas sold a vintage "Hopalong Cassidy" Arvin tube-type radio (5" x 8") which needs rewiring for $325 in January of 2008.
Guide for collectors
The Arvin "Hopalong Cassidy" model radio is considered to be the most rare and valuable among Arvin radio collectors, and some collectors state that models such as the Arvin 422 are incredibly hard to find as well.
Restoration of a vintage Arvin radio is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. Although restoring a vintage Arvin radio may decrease its value, many collectors consider the restoration of vintage Arvin radios as a hobby as well.
For more information regarding vintage Arvin radios, visit the Arvin Radio's official website or Radio Museum.
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