One different looking transistor radio made by Zenith in 1958 was the Royal 200. This model’s unique feature was it’s size. At 6 1/2 inches tall, it is larger than most other coat pocket styles and rivals the Emerson 888 series in that way. It’s awkward size and fragile plastic case contributes to the fact that it is hard to find these without some kind of cabinet damage. Royal 200’s were offered in brown, white, green, and coral colors with green and coral being the hardest to find. This model is not known as one of Zenith’s best performing radios, therefore, they were not hot sellers. The seven transistor chassis was designated as 7AT48. These had a suggested retail price of $44.95
|Colors:||Charcoal, White, Coral (Pink), Green|
|Dimensions:||6.5″ H, 4″ W, 2″ D|
|# of Transistors:||7 (Chassis 7AT48)|
|Powered by:||4 AA batteries|
|Undistorted output:||100 Milliwatts|
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The Royal 250 – The All American
A year later in 1959, Zenith would introduce a whole new batch of models, most of which tried to address the economic competition in the market. There would be changes made to the materials used in the cabinets, but the electronic components were something that Zenith just did not believe in compromising.
The 250 was one of these lower priced sets. It was a basic 6 transistor set in a coat pocket-sized polystyrene cabinet (vs. unbreakable nylon) and was only offered in Black, White, or Tan. Nothing fancy here, but it did have a nice gold trim strip. These sold for $39.95
The Royal 275 “Statesman”
Also in 1959, Zenith offered a slightly upscale model from the 250. The 275 had an extra transistor, Vernier tuning, and four two-tone color cabinet combinations. The seven transistor chassis with Vernier tuning actually performed much like the early Royal 500’s but had a price tag of only $49.95
The Royal 265 – 1962
Three years after the introduction of the 275, Zenith produced the 265 which was again a basic 6 transistor coat-pocket radio much like the 250, except now the 265 had Vernier tuning. The price continued to drop as this one was $29.95 and these are harder to find suggesting that they did not sell well.
The Royal 270 – 1965
An 8 transistor coat-pocket set with great output offered at only $19.95. My how prices had come down!
The Royal 280 – 1965
The Royal 285 – 1964