Black Bakelite cabinet with
chromium knobs and chromium ornaments in front of the
loudspeaker and station dial. The receiver has a backlit
tuning scale pointer. The design is probably by Wells
Coates. He also designed a matching black wooden
table for this radio. A redesign by Serge Chermayeff was
released in 1935 as AC86. The radio has six valves, automatic
volume control, noise and image suppression. Provision
is made for the connection of a gramophone and a high
impedance external loudspeaker.
frequency is 110 Kc/s.
models blended in well with the more traditional interiors
of that time. The black and chromium models were
favoured by people who liked the modern architecture of
that period. A good example of this style is the former Daily
Express building on 120, Fleet Street, London (picture
below). It was constructed in 1930-1932.
The façade has
large windows and black Vitrolite panels with chromium strips.
This architecture is characterised by clear, bright
spaces with white walls and austere furniture.
price was £13 12s. 6d. for the walnut model, £13 13s.
for the black and chromium model and an additional 10s.
6d. for a 25 c/s mains model. A rare white model was
also reported. The battery version is the B85.