The ’50’s and ’60’s brought an invention that freed car audio fanatics from the reliance on AM and FM radio signals. As records began to sweep the country, it was only a matter of time before they would be available for car lovers to enjoy while driving.
The “Highway Hi-Fi” was the first to market. It was available from Chrysler in the 1956 Chrysler, Desoto, Dodge, and Plymouth. The 7-inch size was perfect because the 12-inch were too big but the 45’s did not last long for long car rides.
In 1960, Chrysler released a much more affordable option: the RCA Victor auto “Victrola.” For $51.75 ($410.47 today) you could play 45s of your choice.
The RCA “Victrola” held 14 records and could play for 2½ hours. This allowed drivers to focus on the road instead of being distracted by constantly changing music.