Chrysler's 1956 Highway Hi-Fi Phonograph

Just because you're driving in your car, it doesn't mean that you can't take your hi-fi music with you. Here's a Chrysler innovation: a phonograph for your car.

In 1956 they teamed with CBS to create the “Highway Hi-Fi” – an under-dash phonograph that played vinyl records at a super-slow 16-2/3 revolutions per minute. The slow speed allowed a small disc to pack up to an hour of entertainment on each side. Special mechanical engineering reduced the number of times and distance the needle would skip across the disc as the car drove over bumps in the road.

With innovations like these, we simply can't believe the how the company got into the economic trouble they're in right now!

Link - via Sunshine Supercars, Thanks Jo. A. Borras!

Previously on Neatorama: 10 Things You Didn't Know about General Motors

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My friend, Larry had a Philips HiWay Hi-fi in his '57 Ford, It worked pretty well. He left a bunch of 45s on the shelf under the rear window,in the sun. They looked like lasagna ! My friend, Dave fixed it one day & had it hooked up to a 12 power supply. He turned it upside down & it still played ! It hooked into the radio thru the antenna.

Peace ----------------------------------- Mike.
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i have a highway 7 found it in our family repair shop that we opened just after ww2 we just closed it,it was located in the motor city, it has slight rust on the top of it, but other then that it looks new even has original instructions and the needle is there make offer it could be yours you can contact me at
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They didnt have photo shop in '56. They didnt even hace tape decks, lol.

Come on get a clue, its an ad not a documentary. Who cares if they fudged the photo?
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