COLUMBUS

The 'Columbus' brandname was introduced in 1937 and lasted until 1960.

Columbus was manufactured by Radio Corporation of New Zealand Ltd, they were distributed by Columbus Radio Centre Ltd. Currently there are 84 documented models.

Columbus was the house brand of Radio Corporation of New Zealand and was introduced in 1937 after the growth of Radio Corp outstripped its financial means and it was reorganised into a public company.  At this time almost all of the arrangements that RCNZ had with other companies were terminated, and brands such as Pacific, Stella and CQ went their own way leaving just Columbus and Courtenay (which was by now a brand of Turnbull & Jones).

Columbus continued to be manufactured until 1960, by which time Pye / Akrad had taken over the company.

84 Documented Columbus Models
IMAGEYEAR VALVESBANDSMODEL CODE
1937 5  Broadcast  Columbus model 15
1937 6 + eye  Dual Wave  Columbus model 18
1937 5 + eye  Broadcast  Columbus model 24
1937 5 (+ eye on some)  Dual Wave  Columbus model 25
1937 6 + eye  All Wave  Columbus model 38 'Spiral Dial'
1937 5  Dual Wave  Columbus model 39
1938 5 + eye  Dual Wave  Columbus model 35
1938 6 + eye  Dual Wave  Columbus model 36 'Helmsman'
1938 5  Dual Wave  Columbus model 60
1938 5 + eye  Broadcast  Columbus model 84 'Skipper / Challenger'
1938 5  Dual Wave  Columbus model 85
1939 5 + magic eye  Broadcast  Columbus model 54
1939 6 + eye  Dual Wave  Columbus model 65 'Clipper'
1939 9 + magic eye  All Wave  Columbus model 88
1939 5  Broadcast  Columbus model 94
1939 5  Dual Wave  Columbus model 95
1940 5  Broadcast  Columbus model 051
1940ish 5  Broadcast  Columbus model 12
1940ish 6  Dual Wave  Columbus model 172
1940 5  Dual Wave  Columbus 52S
1940 6  Dual Wave  Columbus model 62
1940 6 + eye 5 Columbus model 75
1941 5  Broadcast  Columbus model 201 'Portable'
1941ish 5  Dual Wave  Columbus model 56
1941 6  Dual Wave  Columbus model 66
1941 6  All Wave  Columbus model 69
1942 6 + eye 5 Columbus model 90
1945 5  Broadcast  Columbus model 14
1946 5  Broadcast  Columbus model 42 'Corvette'
1946 5  Broadcast  Columbus model 53 'Corvette'
1946 5  Dual Wave  Columbus model 55 'Corvette'
1946 5  Broadcast  Columbus model 6 'Miniature'
1946 6  Dual Wave  Columbus 66A
1947 5  Broadcast  Columbus model 301 'Portable'
1947 6  Broadcast  Columbus model 32 'Exeter'
1947 6 (or 5)  Broadcast  Columbus model 402 'Portable'
1947 6  Dual Wave  Columbus model 61
1948 5  Dual Wave  Columbus model 27
1948 5 + magic eye  All Wave  Columbus model 34 'Oxford'
1948ish 6 (or 5)  Broadcast  Columbus 402X
1948ish 6 (or 5)  Broadcast  Columbus 402Z 'Portable'
1948 6 + magic eye  All Wave  Columbus model 44 'Cambridge'
1948 6  Dual Wave  Columbus model 70
1948 5  Broadcast  Columbus MC7 'Car Radio'
1949ish 6?  Broadcast  Columbus model 132
1949 6  Dual Wave  Columbus model 166 'Balfour'
1949 5  Broadcast  Columbus model 19 'Dover'
1949 5  Broadcast  Columbus model 5 'Bristol'
1949 6 + magic eye 5 Columbus model 96
1950 7 + magic eye 5 Columbus model 91 'Windsor'
1951 5  Broadcast  Columbus 5A 'Bristol'
1951ish 5  Broadcast  Columbus 5M 'Bristol'
1952ish 6  Broadcast  Columbus model 032
1952ish 5  Broadcast  Columbus 26N 'Exeter'
1952 4  Broadcast  Columbus model 4 'Clock Radio'
1952 6  Broadcast  Columbus model 502 'Portable'
1953 5  Broadcast  Columbus 26P
1953ish 6  Broadcast  Columbus 32A 'Exeter'
1953 5  Broadcast  Columbus model 45
1953 5  Dual Wave  Columbus model 46
1953ish 5  Broadcast  Columbus 5B 'Bristol'
1954 5  Broadcast  Columbus model 565 'Malvern'
1954 6 + magic eye 5 Columbus model 92
1955 5  Broadcast  Columbus model 504 'Snowdon'
1955 5  Broadcast  Columbus model 563 'Greenwich'
1955 6  Broadcast  Columbus model 653 'Portable'
1956 5  Broadcast  Columbus model 501 'Argyle'
1956 5  Broadcast  Columbus model 521 'Minuette'
1956 5  Broadcast  Columbus model 521 'Oceana'
1956 5 + magic eye  Broadcast  Columbus model 605 'Elite'
1956 6 4 Columbus model 606
1957 9 + magic eye 4 Columbus model 1006 'Rembrandt De Luxe'
1957 5  Broadcast  Columbus model 515 'Challenger'
1957 6  Broadcast  Columbus model 601 'Chilton'
1957 6  Dual Wave  Columbus model 602 'Stafford'
1957 6 + magic eye  Broadcast  Columbus model 705 'Somerset'
1957 6 + magic eye  Dual Wave  Columbus model 708 'Somerset De Luxe'
1958 5  Broadcast  Columbus model 619
1958 7 + magic eye  Broadcast  Columbus model 809 'Plymouth'
1958 7 + magic eye  Dual Wave  Columbus model 810 'Plymouth and Somerset'
1958 7 transistors, 1 diode  Broadcast  Columbus 897P 'Transistor Seven'
1959 5  Dual Wave  Columbus model 566 'Champion'
1959 6 Transistor, 3 Diode  Broadcast  Columbus 694P 'Transistor 6'
1959 7 Transistor, 3 Diode  Broadcast  Columbus PZ117 'Transistor Seven'