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"L" Shaped Radio???

Not sure if I am seeing what's actually under the dash of my '67 230, but the radio seems to be shaped like an "L". From behind the dash, it goes straight toward the firewall (parallel to the ground), then it bends 90 degrees downwards (perpendicular to the ground). Am I looking at the correct thing, and is that "normal"? Everything looks original.

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You are seeing the correct thing.

The older Beckers are pretty big - some are even two piece units, and that's without any options such as shortwave add ons or tape adapters.

If you have any questions about them, call Ed or Tom at Becker North America. They know these radios very, very well, and can work with you to make it work as-new.

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Ok. Thanks Dan.

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There are two reasons that I can think of that you would have an L shaped radio in 1967 - first is that you have a 1-piece Europa TG. Google becker europa tg and see if that is what you have. It's sort of a hybrid radio that has some transistors and some tubes. Not my favorite radio to deal with. The second reason is that you have a becker with a separate amp but the amp is connected directly to the radio with a bracket. If you loosen the connecting brackets on both sides, you can pivot and adjust the amplifier into various configurations. These are easier to work with than the TG. But you probably have the TG.

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Thanks. Will try to look under the dash this weekend.

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Hi Scoot, I checked the radio yesterday. It's actually a Blaupunkt, and it does have the brackets with the amplifier attached below. On the amplifier is a label for a company in Arkansas. Interesting.

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Hi Scoot, I checked the radio yesterday. It's actually a Blaupunkt, and it does have the brackets with the amplifier attached below. On the amplifier is a label for a company in Arkansas. Interesting.
Actually that isn't surprising. Blaupunkt was used for dealer-installed radios. Becker came from the factory (at least in most instances). I'm less familiar with the blaupunkt but the mounting is the same - bracket on radio and on amp so that the whole thing can pivot into different shapes as required for the applicaton. My 250SL had a blaupunkt in it when we got it...

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