FADA 1000 Vintage Catalin "Bullet" Radio; 1945; works. For Sale


FADA 1000 Vintage Catalin

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FADA 1000 Vintage Catalin "Bullet" Radio; 1945; works.:
$1,550

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Most people have seen the brightly colored, uniquely designed Catalin radios of the 1930s and 1940s.They look almost like hard candy.Many people refer to them as Bakelite.But although related to each other, Bakelite requires high heat in production so it is most often brown or black...Catalin does not require this heat, so it was made in a range of colors with two or more typically combined in one radio.Of these, the radio that has come to represent the group for many people is the FADA “Bullet”, and the color that tends to come to mind is butterscotch with red trim.

I have had a number of these in my years of collecting Catalin radios, but the example in this listing is one of the absolute best.

Many people don’t know that the butterscotch radios started their life as white, usually referred to as alabaster.But the white Catalin darkened over time and with exposure to light, and turned into the butterscotch we know.Since each radio found itself in differing places, circumstances and light, they all darkened a bit differently.The trick is to find one you like.I like a medium butterscotch; dark enough that you start to see variations of tone that give it a richness, but not so dark that it starts to turn brown.

For me, this one is perfect, with shades of slightly lighter and slightly darker butterscotch.The red is still bright.The radio has had just the right amount of polishing and restoration.There are no cracks, chips or hairlines.It is all original, except for the back, but this one has a replacement back made of Masonite (many replacements are cardboard) cut to the exact original shape with the same cutouts.Now, here are two key points:First, it plays well and pulls in AM stations clearly with its built-in coil antenna; secondly, it has a jack installed so you can plug in your smart phone, tablet, etc. and listen to your own music the way it would have sounded over the radio back then.


I don’t think you can find a FADA 1000 “Bullet” that’s nicer.You’d have to look long and hard (that’s what I do) and it still probably wouldn’t be nicer…just different, since each one does have its own unique look.

Shipping:Is an estimate here, and will need to be calculated based on the buyer’s location.Also, I will not ship these vintage radios without full insurance.For these reasons, do not pay at the end of the sale until you receive an invoice from me including the final shipping cost.


Packing: I double-box all radios.


Payment: Apple Pay is accepted in addition to Paypal.


Returns: The listing says returns are not accepted, but that is to prevent abuse of the policy. I will work with any buyer to fulfill expectations.

Note:This radio is also for sale elsewhere, and if it sells this listing will end.



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