[T3] radio

greg knight gregtheknight at hotmail.com
Mon Dec 30 08:23:25 PST 2019

Great info.  Thanks.  I’m going to try and source a sapphire radio and gut the internals and get a bluetooth set up to work.  Glad to know that it was an aftermarket installation as I can apply for collector plates without having a radio.

> On Dec 30, 2019, at 8:09 AM, Jim Adney <jadney at vwtype3.org> wrote:
> On 29 Dec 2019 at 16:59, greg knight wrote:
>> Working on getting the final touches on my 70 fastback so I can apply
>> for collector plates.  My car never came with a radio installed that I can
>> tell.  Does anyone know if a  radio and speaker are an aftermarket feature
>> of this year? 
> Factory installed radios didn't exist for any year of aircooled VWs. They were 
> all dealer installed or later. VWoA owned the brand name "Sapphire" which 
> were made under contract by Bendix or Motorola, so that's what most US 
> dealers installed, but there were more expensive options, of which Blaupunkt 
> was the largest competitor.  
> Each radio installation required a bare radio plus an installation kit, that was 
> specific to the make, model, and year, and an antenna. So the total 
> installation required the purchase of the radio, installation kit, antenna, and 
> labor. Due to the change in the shape of the type 3 dash in 1971, '71-73 
> Type 3s required a different installation kit (Einbausatz, in German, for the 
> Blaupunkts.)
> The installation kit included the knobs, speaker, mounting brackets, and all 
> necessary hardware
> Blaupunkt also sold a noise supression kit, to lessen radio noise from the 
> ignition and generator, but I've never seen one of those. Installation 
> instructions, with photographs, are shown in the Einbausatz instructions.
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