Highway Hi-Fi: When Cars had Built-in Vinyl Record Players

A car record player seems almost comical today, but they were probably the hottest item on the market when they were first introduced. In the 1950s, some American cars came with more standard equipment than a troop of boy scouts. A few had car gramophones that played 45rpm singles, which meant turning over these hit-tastic platters approximately every three minutes.

Eventually, the mechanisms that prevented the needles from skipping ground the records to death, but these devices were sold as extras in Europe well into the 1960s.

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