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This is an awesome retro looking display item in nearly perfect condition. It would look fantastic in your 50's or 60’s styled decor or make a great accent piece on its own. In the world of Mad Men, this vintage radio might turn up in Trudy Campbell’s house next to the Chip and Dip!

I love the Atomic Age looking logo on the tuning dial! What a fun juxtaposition between that and the happy pink radio it's on! With Sputnik circling the earth the year before this Radio came out, no doubt the Space Age was on and the modern world had arrived!

It does power up, the light in the back comes on and you can hear the speaker make some static sounds as you turn the tuning dial, but I could not get a station. The knobs both turn smoothly and it does feel like the tuning mechanism is intact and the hum gets louder as you increase the volume. There is a place for connecting an external antenna, but I expect it needs to be serviced to work correctly, since it is over 50 years old. Happily, these old radios can be serviced and have tubes or other parts replaced if necessary, unlike most modern electronics, which are designed to be disposable.

The pink plastic body is excellent with no chips, cracks. There are a few slight scuffs, but they are small and could be buffed out. The most notable issue is on the underside of the radio where there is a small warp/melt mark on the plastic in one spot. On the face, the gold lettering is somewhat worn off in the last L in “Packard Bell” and to the number 1 in the “12” on the radio numbers. The white grill and ivory power and tuning knobs are very nice. The thick cardboard backing on the rear is not only present, it is in fantastic condition! Often, these are water stained, torn or simply gone.

The white two prong power cord is good except one small area where it was abraded and there is exposed wire showing, however, this fact did not cause any problems when plugging it in to test it. I would *highly* recommend either replacing the cord or, at the very least, using a bit of white electrical tape to avoid any unpleasantness and it will still look nice either way!

Marked on the back of the radio, Model 5R5, Made in USA by Packard Bell Electronics, Los Angeles 64 Calif

I found it interesting that the Packard Bell Company that exists today purchased the name for use in 1986. This radio is made by the original Packard Bell, which was founded in 1926 in Los Angles, California, USA, by Leon S. Packard and Herbert A. Bell as a maker of consumer radios and later they also made televisions, military electronics and manufactured some of the earliest computers and eventually the company was sold to Teledyne in 1978.

Isn't Teledyne the company that made Skynet in the Terminator? Oh, wait...that was Cyberdyne! LOL

House of Awesome Item #1011

Vintage 1959 Pink and White Packard Bell AM Tube Radio Model 5R5


  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Materials: Plastic, Glass, Metal, Cardboard, Copper
  • Only ships within United States.
  • Favorited by: 107 people