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The Best Classic Car Radio for your Vintage Car


Quick Overview

Classic car radios are brand new, modern radios that are designed to look old and fit in your original dash while providing you with the latest car audio technology. These radios allow you to keep your dash original without sacrificing the ability to play music via from you phone, add an amplifier, or even listen to an AM or FM station without the needle jumping on your because you hit a bump in the road. There are many different options available and prices range from $209.95 to $748. Most of the radios we sell are vehicle specific and come out of the box, ready to fit your dash and install. In addition, all of the radios we offer are backed by a 2 year warranty.

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Best Overall Classic Car Radio

Highlights

  • Bluetooth Built-In
  • 5 Ch. Pre-Outs w/ Subwoofer Control
  • 7 Color LCD Display
  • Working Rear Knobs
  • AM/FM Digital Tuner w/ AUX

The USA-740 is the top of the line classic car radio from Custom Autosound. It has Bluetooth built-in, 5 channel pre-outs, dual AUX inputs (front 3.5mm and rear RCA), working rear knobs, and a 7 color LCD display to match your digital gauges or the color of your vehicle. In addition, the USA-740 also has the same featues you get on the lower priced radios including a 45W per channel output, the option to add a CD player, and a USB port on the back of the radio. This is the most popular Custom Autosound radio and it will fit in your original dash location without forcing you to hack up your dash. If you need a radio to fit in the dash of your classic car and you want Bluetooth, this is our "Go-to".

Recommended For

  • Classic car owners that want Bluetooth
  • Those that want separate subwoofer control/pre-out
  • Those that want the best value
  • Classic car owners that want their radio to match their gauges or vehicle color

Not Recommended For

  • Concours restorations that need the radio to look 100% like the original
  • Classic car owners that don't care about sound and just need somthing to, "Fill the hole"
  • Those that want a GM or Ford badge on the radio itself

Most Original Looking Radio

Antique Automobile Radio OE Replica

Highlights

  • Looks Nearly Identical to the Original
  • Bluetooth Built-In
  • Working, Mechanical Pushbuttons
  • AM/FM Digital Tuner
  • AUX Input

The Antique Automobile Radio OE Replica, or AAR radios are designed to look exactly like the original radio that came in your vehicle, yet provide you with the modern features and technology you expect today. These radios differ from the Custom Autosound radios in their attention to detail and year-specific differences. The AAR OE Replica radios are metal where they are supposed to metal, plastic where they are supposed to be plastic, and the knobs are year and model specific. These radios have Bluetooth built-in, and the microphone is hidden between the pushbuttons to keep things looking as close to original as possible. You don't need to add or see any wires running to a plug-in, external microphone. The needle on the tuner dial moves when you change stations, but the back-end of the radio is digital, you don't have to worry about the radio losing the station when you hit a bump in the road. If you are building a show quality classic car or if you have a Concours restoration, the OE Replica is the best classic car radio, in our opinion.

Recommended For

  • Concours restorations
  • Classic car owners that want the most original looking radio
  • Those that have the budget to spend $600+ on a radio

Not Recommended For

  • Budget minded, classic car owners
  • Those that don't want to spend less than $600 on a radio
  • Resto-mods that have complete, custom interiors

Best Budget Classic Car Radio

Highlights

  • AM/FM Digital Tuner
  • AUX Input
  • "Fills the Hole"

The Custom Autosound USA-230 is the best radio for the budget-minded, classic car owner simply looking to fill the hole. The USA-230 has the basic features you might expect in a modern radio. The sound quality of the USA-230 is going to be worse than both the USA-630 and the USA-740. But, if you just need something, it will do the trick. It is also possible to add Bluetooth to the USA-230, but you will not get hands-free calling. We offer a 12V RCA, Bluetooth adapter that will convert your AUX input to a Bluetooth connection, so if you just need some sound and you want Bluetooth on a budget, the USA-230, and the CCS-12VBT will do the trick.

Recommended For

  • Budget-minded classic car owners
  • Classic car owners looking to "Fill the Hole"
  • Classic car owners that only listen to AM radio
  • Classic car owners that aren't concerned about sound quality

Not Recommended For

  • Concours resotrations
  • Classic car owners that want Bluetooth hands-free calling
  • High-end restorations looking for the most original appearance
  • Classic car owners that want the best sound without using an external amplifier

Most Original Looking Radio Under $600

Highlights

  • "Trap Door" Digital Display
  • AM/FM Digital Tuner
  • USB Port
  • Option to Add Bluetooth with BluKit (Sold Separately)
  • Option to Add a CD Player (Sold Separately)
  • Limited Applications

The Custom Autosound Slidebar is the best classic car radio if you are looking for something that looks very close to the original, but you don't want to spend the $600+ on an AAR OE Replica radio. The Slidebar radios have a trap door design that shows a classic looking, analog dial that disappears and re-appears when you push the slidebar to the left or right. The Slidebar radio has many of the same features as the USA-740, but the Slidebar radio does not come with Bluetooth built-in. You can add Bluetooth to the Slidebar radio with the BluKit, which is sold separately. The Slidebar + BluKit package is offered at a discount to give you the same price as the USA-740. The Slidebar radio has limited fitment offerings, which is a drawback, but if your vehicle is available for your car, adding it with the BluKit is one of the best options you have. From a features standpoint, the Slidebar has an AM/FM digital tuner, USB port, AUX input, subwoofer pre-out and control, a 7 color LCD display, and working rear knobs. The Slidebar radio is a more original looking USA-740 without Bluetooth built-in, but you can get Bluetooth added on for the same overall price.

Recommended For

  • Classic car owners that want as close to original appearance, but don't want to pay $600+.
  • Classic car owners that want a more original appearance than the USA-740
  • Value-minded customers
  • Classic car owners that want their radio to match their gauges or vehicle color

Not Recommended For

  • Concours restorations
  • Classic car owners that want their radio to look 100% original
  • Classic car owners looking to simply "Fill the hole"


Best Radio without Bluetooth

Highlights

  • USB Port
  • Option to Add Bluetooth with BluKit (Sold Separately)
  • Option to Add CD-1 External CD Player
  • Officially Licensed GM & Ford Logo
  • AM/FM Digital Tuner with AUX

The USA-630 is the middle-tier radio from Custom Autosound and features an AM/FM digital tuner, auxiliary input, and a USB port. The USA-630 will also allow you to add hands-free Bluetooth technology when you purchase the BluKit (sold separately). In addition to adding Bluetooth, you can also add a CD player with the CD-1 external CD player, which can mount in the glove box, under your dash, under a seat, or in the trunk. The USA-630 comes with an officially licensed GM or Ford logo for those specific vehicles which the USA-740 does not. The display on the USA-630 is a negative LCD display that has white letters and numbers with a black background.

Recommended For

  • Those that want a Vehicle Logo Badge
  • Those that want a CD player but don't care about Bluetooth
  • Budget minded customers that care about sound, but not Bluetooth

Not Recommended For

  • Concours restorations that need the radio to look 100% like the original
  • Those looking for the cheapest option to "Fill the Hole"
  • Classic car owners that want to add a subwoofer
  • Classic car owners that want their radio to match their gauges or vehicle color
  • Those that want a Bluetooth radio and don't care about the badge

Best Hidden Radio System

Highlights

  • "Black Box" Radio w/ 2" x 5" x 1" LCD Display
  • Display Mounts with a Bracket or Flush Mount Bezel Included
  • AM/FM Digital Tuner
  • Bluetooth Built In
  • USB Port
  • Option to Add a CD Player (Sold Separately)
  • Hockey Puck Style Remote Included

The Custom Autosound SecretAudio is the original hidden, classic car radio. The SecretAudio SST-V is the latest version and includes Bluetooth built-in. The SecretAudio SST-V consists of a "Black Box" style radio that can be mounted under a seat, in the drunk, in the glovebox, or wherever else you may have room. Then, an LCD display connects to the black box and you can mount the display by your dash, in your dash, in the glovebox, or in a console for a sleek, hidden appearance. The SecretAudio SST-V allows you to keep your factory radio in the dash, or allows you to install a radio without cutting a hole if you have an older street rod that never came with a radio.

In terms of features, the SST-V has virtually everything you would want with an AM/FM digital tuner, Bluetooth, USB, and AUX. You can add a CD player by purchasing the CD-1 separately. In order to get AM/FM reception, you will need to ensure that your antenna cable reaches the black box, or you can opt for our hidden amplified antenna. The box itself measures 6.5" (D) x 6.7" (W) x 1.96" (H). The display measures 2" (H) x 5" (W) x 1" (D) and it connects to the SST-V with a 10 foot long cable. If you need a longer cable we offer extension cords. Finally, the SST-V comes with a hockey-puck style remote control which allows you to turn the unit on and off, adjust volume, and adjust tracks.

Recommended For

  • Those that want to leave their original radio in the dash, but still have a modern radio.
  • Those that have a vehicle that never came with a radio and they don't want to cut a hole.
  • Those that have a custom, shaved dash and don't like the look of a radio in the dash.
  • Classic car owners that want their radio to match their gauges or vehicle color

Not Recommended For

  • Those that a functioning, original looking radio in the dash.
  • Classic car owners looking to simply "Fill the hole"

Best Radio for a Cut Dash

Highlights

  • DIN Size Radio with Classic Chrome Appearance
  • AM/FM Digital Tuner
  • Bluetooth Built In
  • USB Port
  • CD Player
  • AUX Input

If the dash in your classic car has been cut to accomodate a DIN size radio, the Custom Autosound USA4-DIN radio is the best option to keep things look classic. The USA4-DIN radio features a ribbed chrome face with round knobs on either side to give you a DIN size radio, but something that looks like it's old. The USA4-DIN is designed to look as close as possible to one of the USA series radios but with a "Chrome Faceplate." This radio has virtually all of the features you want in a modern radio with AM/FM, Bluetooth, CD, USB, and an AUX input. The faceplate folds down and detaaches to deter theft and the CD playder plays both standard and MP3 CDs.

Recommended For

  • Those that have a cut dash, but want a classic appearance.
  • Those that insist on having a CD player in the dash.
  • Vehicles that came with DIN radios, but want it to look classic.

Not Recommended For

  • Those looking for the cheapest DIN size radio option.
  • Resto-mod vehicles that would look fine with a modern DIN radio.
  • Those looking for the most feature-packed DIN radio (See KDC-X304)

Best Radio Bluetooth-to-Amplifier Solution

Highlights

  • DIN Size Radio with Classic Chrome Appearance
  • AM/FM Digital Tuner
  • Bluetooth Built In
  • USB Port
  • CD Player
  • AUX Input

If you grew up with car audio and you want the best sound possible, you may say to yourself, "I don't need a radio, I just need to connect my phone to my amplifier." You can put a USA-230 in the dash or leave the stock radio in the dash and bypass it completely. Instead, you spend the money on a nice amplifier and some nice speakers. With our 12V Bluetooth receiver, you connect the device to power (switched most likely) and ground. Then, you can play your songs from your phone through your amplifier and get amazing sound quality. This is like having a Bluetooth speaker in your car, but it will sound way better and it will run off of 12 volts. Our 12V Bluetooth adapter uses the latest in Bluetooth technology with the APT-X chip. It has two channel RCA connections to go into your amplifier. You adjust volume with your phone and away you go.

Recommended For

  • Those that have a factory radio, but want to use an amplifier and don't care about having an actual working radio.
  • Those that are tech-savvy and understand how to install a car audio amplifier.
  • Those that nevery listen to radio and only play musuc off of their phone.
  • Those that don't want or care to use a volume knob. You are fine using your phone for everything.

Not Recommended For

  • Want a radio or device with a user interface in the dash
  • People that want to listen to AM/FM.
  • Those that read the paragraph above and think that it sounds like a foreign language.
  • Those that do not consider themselves somewhat tech-savvy.
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