Here is a rare gem. This early Truetone was made in Kansas City, MO. in 1958 by the Western Auto Supply Company. It stands 5 1/2″ tall and sports a swing wire handle/stand. The plastic cabinet is of solid construction and the unique on/off volume control is a large knob on the top. The tuning knob is gold plated metal. The speaker grill is a gold metal mesh.
This radio is in as found condition and has some patina on the tuning knob and the plastic cabinet has lost most of it’s shine, but there is no damage like chips or cracks as the original vinyl carrying case has protected it. Even the speaker grill is without any dents or scratches. The electronics are in original and unrestored condition. This was designed to operate an old style Eveready #226 battery with clips, but when I tested it with a modern 9 volt battery, it amazingly played strong and pulled local stations clearly.
This model was produced in black or red with red clearly being the most difficult color to find. A true collectable and one of the few early transistor radios produced by the Western Auto Company.