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**Would like to replace 1979 308GTB Radio w/Origional**

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  1. christopher

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    Hello again "F"-chatters,

    Can anyone help me with this one?

    I'd like to fill the "hole" in may dash (where a radio used to be), with the origional. I believe it was Blaupunkt, but I appreciate any pics or any advice as to what it actually was. I know, from a tech. standpoint It'll probably suck for sound, but I'd like to go O.E.....Heck, who wants to listen to a radio when you've got that engine/exhaust note to listen to..............

    Thank you again,

    Chris.
     
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  3. ferrarioldman

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    !979 308's did not come with a radio from the factory. Only a blanking plate covering the hole for a radio.
     
  4. Peter

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    The radio in my '75 GT4 is a Blaupunkt CR-4096, which I believe, was the original. When hooked up to a decent set of 5 1/4" 3-way speakers, it sounded okay... On the bench at least... ;)
     
  5. paul 308

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    There's a firm in the UK that will supply an original looking period radio with modern FM inerds. They may even do them with CD player. If you're interested I'll dig out the details and post them here.
     
  6. Dave

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    "Heck, who wants to listen to a radio when you've got that engine/exhaust note to listen to"

    Me!
    As someone who has driven his Ferraris cross country,
    I can tell you that after a couple hundred miles of Tubi in your ear,
    Some driving music can hit the spot nicely.
    Unfortunately the stock radio in the 308 is a little anemic in the volume department compared to the exhaust note of the car.

    While I would never recommend changing out the stock radio from a car you are going to show, I don't show my cars, I drive them.
    So here is what I did...
    I still have the stock 308 radio stashed away nice and safe, along with any other stock parts I have removed to replace with high performance parts.
    I then decided after looking over all of the new car stereos,
    that I did not want a stereo which displayed dancing fish and and the like while I was driving. So I purchased an older high-end McIntosh head unit off ebay.
    Then replaced the stock door speakers with a pair from Polk Audio,
    and installed an Alpine power amp to drive the speakers.
    The sound, while not in the same league as my recording studio,
    is very nice, and gets much louder than the Tubi.

    All in all, a great addition for when you are in the mood for tunes on the go.
     
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  8. yelcab

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    Mine came with an ... 8-track (what's that ??)

    Since I never owned any 8-track tapes when they were in style, I threw it out in favor of an up-right CD player from Alpine.

    Not concourse original, but ... I am not showing the car.
     
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    Peter,

    I think we have the same Blaupunkt AM/FM/Cassette. Something like this?

    Barry
     
  11. christopher

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  13. christopher

    christopher Formula 3

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    Thank you for the response!, your reply I found interesting, for the hole in the dash was cut crudely, to say the least with a makeshift cover (same material as the dash) cover over it. I'm guessing the Dealer would install the Radio? Do you know what Radio would have been best suited for my 79308GTB?

    Thanks , Chris.
     
  14. f355spider

    f355spider F1 World Champ
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    This is partially true...while the cars did not come with a radio from Ferrari Spa, there appears to be some standardization on radios for the cars delivered in North America. I don't know whether the Blapunkt radios where installed by the importer or by the individual dealers, but I have seen several 1978 308s with the Blapunkt radio with the "gooseneck" controller mounted to the center console, forward of the gear selector. The cassette player was in the normal spot. My 78 308GTS had this set up, and I have seen a bunch of others that had same one, both in period articles/literature, and on the internet...
     
  15. parkerfe

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    Radios in 308s as with other Ferraris of the period were all dealer installed. While the dealer could pick whatever radio it wanted, they did all seem to pick high grade units of the time such as Blaupunkt.
     
  16. Peter

    Peter F1 Veteran
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    Yes, except the knobs are different on mine (Black ones are smaller).
     
  17. christopher

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    Please, I'd like to take you up on your offer!

    Thank you, Chris.
     
  18. christopher

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    Thank you for all that replied!!!

    I was wondering if anyone wouldn't mind send some pics of their 1979 308GBT/GTS radios. My car was built in June of 1979.

    I'm tring to get a feel (or mirror), of what the Dealer/Installer may have put in at that particular time-1979. A fellow "F"-chatter was very kind it send me a website link on a Company that sells vintage Blaupunkt radios/cassette players. From what you send will aid me in the selection process.

    Thank you very much!

    Chris.
     
  19. paul 308

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    Christopher

    Two firms advertise in Classic and Sports Car magazine

    www.vintagewireless.co.uk, email alan.vintagewireless@lineone.net, phone +44 (0) 161 973 0438

    also Autoradio Wagner in Germany www.0700carradio.com but I suspect from their ad that they only do originals, rather than conversions to modern performance.

    I have no knowledge of either of these firms, just read the ads in the mag.

    Hope it helps.

    Paul
     
  20. don_xvi

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    Heck, I'll sell you the THING I just pulled out of my 78 GTS last night cheap! It was dealer installed for THIRTEEN HUNDRED DOLLARS (what does that work out to in 2004 dollars?!!?!!?) I feel bad replacing it with <$300 of equipment now. I can't remember the model it was, but I'll post it tonight.
    Oh, I don't think it works, though... ;) But it does come with a schematic!
     
  21. 308 GTB

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    Chris,

    The Blaupunkt Heidelberg STEREO CR CASSETTE would be correct for your car. They have a European version on:

    http://www.oldautoradio.com/

    Barry
     
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  23. f355spider

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    YES!!! This is what was in my 78 308 GTS as well, and what I have seen in many others of the same vintage....I sold mine on Ebay complete for around $300....the guy was restoring a 76(?) 930 turbo.

    Dave
     
  24. sjtom

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    There's no need to suffer with poor sound just to keep the car original. Once you decide on what radio is most appropriate, look in Hemmings, there are numerous US-based radio restorers that specialize in replacing the innards with modern receivers while keeping the outside original looking. Thus, you can even buy a cheap dead radio and have it upgraded.
    Tom
     
  25. AFire

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    #22 AFire, Jun 6, 2004
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    Hello,

    take a look at this old GRUNDIG radio/cassette player. It seems to be original and is mounted in an Europian 308 GTB.

    Regards,

    AFire
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  26. Mike C

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    You won't lose points in an FCA Concours if you've upgraded the radio setup as long as it fits in the original dash cut-out without modification.
     

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