This selection of vintage radio sets are for people who want to have a go at a DIY restoration.  We check them all  for obvious faults, and completeness.  A full description is given for each set,  together with a difficulty rating, so you should have a good idea what is required before you purchase an item. Where we have the service data,  it is included with the radio free of charge.   If you would like more details about a set,  then please feel free to telephone or email us.

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Due to the ongoing Covid-19 virus restrictions we have not been able to obtain any new items for the project DIY radio page.  As soon as we have something,  it will be listed here.
Thanks for your understanding.    RB 7/4/20

Not much left now..  New items once we can get back on the road and make a collection.

C1954 Ekco A110  (valve)
A switched "pre-set" tuned valve radio built in quite a heavy wooden cabinet.  Lots of fluff and dust,  it is a fairly standard chassis minus a tuning capacitor.  Once you have it overhauled the stations are set with the trimmers and inductors accessible from the rear panel.    A oddball offering from Southend-on-Sea which I suspect had the same innards as many Radio Rentals switch tuned sets (which were built in the same factory). 
Frequency Coverage :- LW/MW preset tuning.
Dimensions 16" wide, 13" high, 7" deep
Antenna -  Internal frame with sockets
Restoration Difficulty  1.5 intermediate. 
Price  £20 to clear    UK Delivery £14  most of EU £26  - £38
Sorry this one has now sold.

1962 Ferguson 3120  (transistor)
Another nice,  slightly older Ferguson radio,  commonly known as the "bookend" model.  The bookend unfortunately has lost some of it's brass effect paintwork which needs a re-spray and there is a bit of a battery leak on the bottom but it does not look bad inside.   However the all important brass telescopic antenna has survived and the rest of the cabinet is clean and tidy.  Good dial too.    Not a common radio and worth spending some time and effort restoring.  A good project. 

Coverage :- LW / MW / 2 SW ranges
Dimensions 9" wide, 5" high, 2" deep
Antenna -  ferrite rod / whip with sockets
Batteries   4 C cell 1.5V type
Restoration Difficulty  1.5 intermediate. 
Price  £15  UK Delivery £9  Most of EU £22 - £36)

C1955 Ever Ready Sky Countess   (90V dry battery valve)
All good and original with a clean cabinet.   Only thing I can spot are two missing screws to fix the chassis into the cabinet,  and bit of the covering material needs sticking back down on the inside of the lift up lid.  Very good.     
Frequency Coverage :- MW / LW
Dimensions 8" wide, 8" high, 4" deep
Antenna -  internal ferrite rod.
Restoration Difficulty 1.5 intermediate
Batteries 90V ht 1.5V lt
Price  £15  (£call overhauled)  UK Delivery £10  Most of EU £20 - £36

Mid 60's Pye All transistor mini portable 
Time for a few "pocket" radios.  You would need a big pocket for this one as it is slightly larger.  Very pretty though and has not faded one bit.  There is no damage to report  -  it won't be here long I guess!   
Antenna - Internal ferrite rod
Batteries  -  6V using cell pack
Frequency coverage   -  LW / MW
Dimensions  -  little  (forgot to measure it!)
Price  £10   UK Delivery £6.50  Most of EU £18 - £36)


C1965 Standard SR-H501 "HiFi" Japanese portable.  (transistor)
In view of the trade descriptions act I must say take the HiFi label with a pinch of salt.  Yes it does have two speakers and it is nicely made but HiFi is going a bit far.  Oh well you could get away with this in the 60's.  I love looking at the old adverts  (soon to be on the new website) which amuse no end with the blatant lies.   Back to this little radio,  the leather case has done its job well and protected the case of the radio.  It has not aged quite so well and is now starting to fall to bits.  Everything looks to be intact,  do have a close inspection of the photos.   
Antenna - Internal ferrite rod with sockets
Batteries  -   3 D cells
Frequency coverage   -  MW / SW
Price  £10  UK Delivery £6.50  Most of EU £20 - £36)
Sorry this has gone. Sold.

1985 Roberts R900   (transistor+IC's)   
At its time of release this was the Roberts Radio flagship model,  and it is a good quality substantial effort.   The earlier versions like this example have the angular front panel which sets them aside from any other Roberts radio.   All in good condition and working well as found,  apart from LW where it is very quiet  -  you can just hear R4 in the background.   I would expect that to be either the ferrite rod antenna winding or a dirty switch contact.  Either way we are clearing out and you can sort this one out!   Particularly good on VHF FM with full coverage to 108 MHz.  Mains or battery operation.    Dark blue colour.
Antenna - Internal ferrite rod with sockets
Batteries  -   9V PP9 or use internal mains psu
Frequency coverage   -  MW / LW / VHF FM
Dimensions 12" wide, 6.5" high 3.5" deep.

Price  £25   UK Delivery  £9  Most of EU £20 - £36)

C1959 / 1960 Philips L3G91T  (transistor)
Here we have a nice, well preserved original Philips radio from the time when transistors were cutting edge technology in portable radio sets.  No damage to report and the red plastic has kept most of its colour.    OC transistor series in this one.   
Antenna - Internal ferrite rod with sockets
Batteries  -   1 of 9V PP9 
Frequency coverage   -  MW / LW
Dimensions 9" wide, 6.5" high 2.5" deep.

Price  £18   UK Delivery  £8  Most of EU £20 - £36)

C1962 Philips L3W22T/15F   (transistor)
Philips fab world of model names.    This one being a bit different is Austrian  -  and a pretty looking thing it is too.   It has VHF coverage and uses sensible D cell batteries.   The antenna is a typical Austrian swing style telescopic.  No damage to report and the battery compartment is clean.   I like this.     
Antenna - Internal ferrite rod with socket + telescopic
Batteries  -   4 D cells 
Frequency coverage   -  MW / LW / VHF FM
Dimensions 11" wide, 6" high 3" deep.

Price  £25    UK Delivery  £8  Most of EU £20 - £36)
Sorry this has gone. Sold.

C1973 VEF 206   (transistor)
Back in the USSR…  This model sold all over the Soviet block and some were exported into western Europe.  I have one myself and as a simple turret tuned radio it does a great job.   This is a nice clean example, with good internals  -  the battery compartment only has very slight corrosion.   With 6 short wave bands and LW / MW you should be able to find plenty to listen to.    Good fun comrade!
Antenna - Internal ferrite rod with socket + telescopic
Batteries  -   4 D cells 
Frequency coverage   -  MW / LW / VHF FM
Dimensions 11" wide, 6" high 3" deep.

Price  £23    UK Delivery  £10  Most of EU £20 - £36)

C1935 GEC AC4  (valve)   
It has been a while since we had a proper 1930's upright superhet wireless to put in our restoration projects bit of the website.   This one came in a few weeks back,  in unmolested condition.  It does have a few marks here and there but nothing too serious  -  the whole thing needs a good clean for starters.   It is all things said nearly 85 years old!   The only non original bit that I can see on the electronics side of things is a 1960's radiospares capacitor dangling off the output transformer which looks like it has been there since the 1960's.  There is a small hole starting to wear on the edge of the speaker cone / baffle.     Time to get clicking the pictures.. 
Frequency Coverage :- LW/MW
Dimensions 14" wide, 18" high, 9" deep
Antenna -   simple wire needed as per most early valve radios.
Restoration Difficulty  1.5 intermediate / more advanced,   
Sorry this is sold.

C1958 HMV 1373  (valve) 
Original red painted HMV AC/DC offering,   which is nice and bright.  The case needs a good clean,  I might be tempted to re-paint the cream grille just to finish it off.   Electrically identical to a similar looking Ferguson,  it is all quite straightforward as VHF valve radios go.   Watch out for leaky heater cathode shorts causing hum.   
Frequency Coverage  LW/MW/VHF FM

Antenna - internal ferrite rod and VHF dipole with sockets.
Dimensions 14" wide, 9" high, 7" deep
Restoration Difficulty  1.5 intermediate
Price  £30      (£120 overhauled)   UK Delivery £14  most of EU £28   - £40
Sorry this is sold.

1959 Bush VHF80   (Valve)
We just sold the red and white dial version of this model, which is currently being overhauled in our workshop.  Well guess what…  erm … here is another one.  This time with the standard trim.  Brown!  It's a bit dirty but will clean up to make a good set.   Always been very impressed with this design  -  for a simple AC/DC chassis they outperform most other compact valve vhf sets in this class.   
Frequency Coverage :- LW / MW / VHF FM
Antenna -  internal aerials for all bands with socket.
Restoration Difficulty  1.5  intermediate
Price  £28    (£100 overhauled)  UK Delivery £14  Most of EU £25 - £36 
Sorry this is sold  Was overhauled here.  Looked great with a paint job. 

1954 Bush AC41   (valve)   
It is likely you will want to re-finish the cabinet on this set  -  maybe Colron antique oil would be a good place to start.   It's all nice and original but has a lot of scratches and the finish has lost some of its colour.   Give it a good clean up and apply several coats of oil over a week or so and it will eventually look a whole heap better.   You should be able to save the logo transfer on top,  this bit is well preserved.   Chassis wise all is ok  -  the eagle eyed will notice that a couple of valves are missing.  They will be replaced before sending out.  Not sure who nicked them!    The four control knobs need soaking in a bath of washing powder solution to lift out the grime which is lodged in the knurled edges.   The AC41 despite being a short superhet always seems to perform well  and it is not too big.    We have another, very smart example almost ready to go on the overhauled items page. 
Frequency Coverage  LW, MW and SW
Antenna -  simple wire aerial needed. 
Dimensions 16" wide, 13" high, 7" deep
Restoration Difficulty  1.5  intermediate
Sorry this is sold.

1953 Pye P75   (valve)
The P75 is one of those small woody radios with internal aerials that are very popular,  and rightly so as they are easy to work on and well made.  This one is nice and original, with plenty of dust and fluff.  The walnut cabinet has faded a little on top but is nothing too serious and really just needs a good polish up.  Maybe a buff with some burnishing cream would be a good idea.  I like the type made by "lake-one" which they call French polish reviver.  It sorts out a multitude of sins and is very easy to apply.   No sign of any messing inside the case.  All good. 

Frequency Coverage :- MW / LW / SW
Antenna - internal frame for LW/MW with sockets for external.
Restoration difficulty   -  1 easy
Dimensions  16" wide 12" high, 7" deep
Price £35   (£130 overhauled) UK Delivery £14  Most of EU £25 - £36

Sorry this is sold.

C1965 Murphy B815 Transistor 8 
This is quite an interesting Murphy transistor set which has survived apart from a couple of cracks and chips on the top rear edge of the tuning dial surround.  Shame as the rest of it is in really good condition.   They are not the most substantial engineering effort but a but good one, properly aligned has the sound quality not too far of Hacker Herald territory.   Like all things mid 60's expect the AF117's to be in their, lurking, waiting to grow tin whiskers.  Or you may be lucky.    The rubber straps that retain the batteries are like new on this example. 
Frequency Coverage  LW/MW
Antenna - Internal ferrite rod  with a socket
Batteries  -  2   PP9 9V
Dimensions 12" wide, 7" high, 4" deep
Price £12   (£70 overhauled)   Sorry this is sold.

1953 Vidor CN435  (valve dry battery 90V) My Lady Catherine
More fake snake,  this time in blue.  Which is a good thing as there are not many blue Lady Catherine models out there to be found.  It needs a good clean,  all the gubbins  are in intact.  They clean up well with foam spray and a washing up brush.   Battery sales will be through the roof again...
Frequency Coverage :- MW / LW
Dimensions 8" wide, 8" high, 4" deep
Antenna -  internal plate aerial.
Restoration Difficulty 1.5 intermediate
Batteries 90V ht 1.5V lt
Price  £30  (£call overhauled)  UK Delivery £10  Most of EU £20 - £36
Sorry this is sold.

C1970  Ferguson Caravelle 3156   (transistor)
Well this has survived in remarkably good condition,  the case and chrome are all spot on.  There is a smidge of wear on one of the knobs but nothing much else to report.   Works reasonably well as found, on all bands.  Being the later version this one is silicon transistors so no AF116's to replace.   It's a bit crackly but you can hear the audio is above par on VHF. 

Coverage :- LW / MW / SW / VHF FM
Dimensions 12" wide, 6" high, 3.5" deep
Antenna -  ferrite rod / whip with sockets
Batteries   single 9V PP9
Restoration Difficulty  1.5 intermediate. 
Price  £22 (£85 overhauled)  UK Delivery £10  Most of EU Most of EU £22 - £36)
Sorry,  sold.

1954 Pye P114 BQ  "Jewel"
Yet more 90V battery valve radios to play with.  Sales of PP9 batteries will never be as high again!    Here we another good quality example of Pye engineering.   The very shiny Jewel which has great chrome work  -  everything present and correct.  Well almost everything,  the leather bit of the handle is falling to bits.   Humbug.    Where have I heard that before? 
Frequency Coverage :- LW / MW
Antenna -  internal frame. 
Dimensions 9" wide, 8" high, 4" deep.
Batteries   90V HT 1.5V V LT
Restoration Difficulty  1.5 intermediate.
Price  £30   (£call overhauled)  UK Delivery £10  Most of EU £20 - £36

Sorry this one is sold.

1959/60 Roberts RT7  (transistor) 
Ancient offering from Roberts.  The cabinet is in good condition too,  it's the tan version of the RT7.  I don't know about other Roberts collectors but this model and the RT8 too seem very hard to find.   Surprising really as quite a lot were manufactured.  Electrically it's similar to the RT1 using the same 6V power source.  But it has a much larger speaker fitted inside the upright standing case.  The leather covering material on the handle is missing and one of the control knobs is wrong.   However the Rexene covering is very smart and tan is usually the dirtiest of all the Roberts colours.   They never seem to be clean,  this one is! 
Antenna - Internal ferrite rod with sockets
Batteries  -  Should be PP1 6V which is obsolete.  Suggest a 4 D cell conversion
Frequency coverage   -  LW / MW
Dimensions 12" wide, 10" high, 4.5" deep
Price  £20   UK Delivery £10  Most of EU £22 - £36)
Sorry this one is sold.

1947  Roberts P4D  (90V dry battery valve) 
Apparently a tasty radio, as it has been slightly nibbled by our common enemy.  Nothing too serious thankfully there are a few holes in the front and some on the bottom cover  -  luckily being a dark blue colour they are easy to cover up with blue polish or a wax crayon.   Otherwise the radio is not too bad,  there is a bit of light corrosion on the hinges and as usual the handle is past its best.  The electrical side of things and innards generally look absolutely fine.  Untouched.   Oh and before I get asked,  yes the woodius wormius has been treated.   It was already dead,  it's now well and truly embalmed.   I nearly gassed myself in the process. 
Frequency Coverage :- MW / LW /SW 
Antenna - internal frame with sockets for external aerials.
Restoration Difficulty 1.5 intermediate
Batteries 90V HT 1.5V LT
Dimensions  12" wide 10" high, 7" deep
Price  £25  UK Delivery £14  Most of EU £25 - £36
Sorry this is sold.

1959 Bush VHF90A (valve)
Another Bush for you to have a go at.  This model is not common and when they do turn up usually the dial is distorted.   The reason for this is that folk in the past tended to put the wrong wattage bulb in the radio,  which would get far too hot and eventually melt or badly distort the top part of the red plastic dial.  Glad to say this one is not damaged at all, and equally the clear tuning knob is indeed clear and not the common milky white colour that UV light turns them to.   Another well designed chassis which is very easy to work on.   No AM bits to make it over complicated.  This one again is original as found.   
Frequency Coverage :- VHF only
Dimensions 13" wide, 9" high, 7" deep
Antenna -   has internal dipole with a socket.   
Restoration Difficulty  1.5 intermediate
Price  £35  UK Delivery £14  Most of EU £25 - £36
Sorry this is sold.

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