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Zenith 5-S-319 "Racetrack Dial" (1939)

Zenith 5-S-319 "Racetrack Dial" (1939)
Sold by David Spivey on November 16, 2019
Listed price on date of sale - $469.00
This Zenith 5-S-319 "Racetrack Dial" was introduced in the summer of 1938 for the 1939 model year. This model, and the model 5-R-317 "World's Fair" glass Rod radio, are two of the most unique and desirable Zenith radios among collectors. The 5-S-319 had an introductory price of $29.95. It has a five-tube chassis that performs much like a radio with a higher tube count due to Zenith's superior engineering. It's a two-band radio tuning the standard AM band and a short wave for the old Dick Tracy police alerts. The AM band tunes and plays all my AM stations clearly without any problems. The set has an antenna wire which I have lengthened for nice reception. The dial lamp works fine. The knobs, pointer, and pushbuttons are all original The walnut case is also in nice original condition. These sets are incredibly difficult to refinish as you almost always destroy the faux zebra stripe on the top and right front of the case. There are a few nicks and minor scratches, but for an 80 year old radio, I would say it's in excellent original condition. A very compact table radio at 13"W x 9"H x 8"D.
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