PHILIPS

Philips was manufactured by Philips Electrical Industries of N.Z. Ltd, they had various distributors. Currently there are 68 documented models.

Initially, Philips imported radios from England and Holland for the NZ market.  Between 1934 and 1936/7 they supplemented their lineup with local sets made for them by Radio Corporation of New Zealand and others imported from Australia.  Once RCNZ ceased making sets for other brands in 1937 Philips returned to importing their stock.  In around 1938 when import restrictions / tariffs were increased, it no longer became financially viable to bring sets in from overseas and so in 1939 Philips began local manufacturing for the 1940 year.  This only lasted a few years due to wartime restrictions on industry across the country.  After the war production resumed, and grew in leaps and bounds - Philips being the 'last man standing' by the end of large-scale domestic audio production in New Zealand, having taken over Pye NZ, who in turn had earlier taken over both Radio Ltd and Radio Corporation of New Zealand.

Model numbers follow a reasonably standard code from around the post-war era, although this sometimes gets mixed up (sometimes a code will be BZ126A, later on the format was switched to something like B1Z26A where the luxury code appears before the country code, most likely to avoid confusion over the year indicator between two decades):

BZ126A

B = Type: Tabletop radio
Z = Country: New Zealand
1 = Luxury Indicator: Budget model
26 = Model Code, first digit often relates to year of release (1952 in this case)
A = Power: AC

Types:

A  Tuner
B  Mantle / Tabletop Radio
F  Console / Radiogram / Stereogram
G  Tablegram (later. stereogram, separate speakers) Not sure...
H  Tablegram
L  Portable
N  Car Radio
P  Portable / Car Radio ?
T  Television

 

Power Options (sometimes in combinations, eg: AB for mains and battery operation):

A  AC Mains (230V, 50Hz in NZ)
B  Batteries
T  Transistor - Battery (most likely 6 or 9V)
U  AC / DC Mains - Hot chassis sets - beware!
V  Vibrator / Accumulator sets

 

The luxury code is 0 to 9, with 0-2 being cheap budget sets, 3-7 being mid range sets and 8-9 being very high-end and expensive.

 

Notes: car radios are often code (N), then country code (Z) - giving them an extra 'Kiwi' flavour

21Rxxxx and 23Rxxxx appears as a style of code in later years (60's-80's), similar system used in other countries for Philips models but the meaning of the 22/23 is currently unclear.

68 Documented Philips Models
IMAGEYEAR MODEL CODE VALVES BANDS
1934 Philips 5H 5  Broadcast 
1934 Philips 5V 5  Broadcast 
1934 Philips 6V 6  Broadcast 
1935 Philips 666A 'Pylon' 6  Dual Wave 
1936 Philips 666D 6  Dual Wave 
1936 Philips P516 5  Broadcast 
1936 Philips P636 6  All Wave 
1937 Philips P715 'Twilight Dial' 7  Broadcast 
1940 Philips model 042 4  Dual Wave 
1940 Philips model 152 5  Dual Wave 
1940ish Philips model 157 5 + magic eye  All Wave 
1940ish Philips model 158 5 + magic eye  All Wave 
1941 Philips model 153 5  Dual Wave 
1941 Philips model 155 'Super Five' 5  Dual Wave 
1941 Philips model 252 5 + magic eye  Dual Wave 
1945 Philips model 540 'Philette' 5  Broadcast 
1945 Philips model 593 'Polyband' 5 4
1946 Philips model 596 8 + magic eye  All Wave 
1947 Philips model 599 5  Dual Wave 
1947 Philips model 601 8 + magic eye
1947 Philips model 647 5  Dual Wave 
1947 Philips model 648 5  Dual Wave 
1947 Philips 648V 5  Dual Wave 
1948 Philips model 209 5  Broadcast 
1949 Philips model 305 6  Broadcast 
1949 Philips model 499 'Roll Top' 6  Broadcast 
1949 Philips model 545 'Double-Duty' 6  Broadcast 
1949 Philips model 602 8 + magic eye 5
1950 Philips model 208 4  Broadcast 
1950ish Philips model 210 5  Dual Wave 
1950 Philips 210A 5  Dual Wave 
1950 Philips model 234 5  Broadcast 
1950ish Philips model 235 5  All Wave 
1950ish Philips model 405 6  Broadcast 
1951 Philips model 645 'Double Duty' 5 + metal rectifier  Broadcast 
1952 Philips BZ126A 4  Broadcast 
1952 Philips LZ536UB 'Town and Country' 5 + metal rectifier  Broadcast 
1954 Philips BZ146U 4  Broadcast 
1954 Philips BZ446A 5 + magic eye  Broadcast 
1955 Philips BZ156U 4  Broadcast 
1955 Philips BZ737A 6+magic eye 5
1956 Philips BZ166U 'Philette' 4  Broadcast 
1956 Philips BZ167U 'Philette Fiesta' 4  Broadcast 
1956 Philips FZ866A 'Stockholm MKI' 7  All Wave 
1956 Philips LZ546UB 'Town and Country' 5 and metal rectifier + magic eye  Broadcast 
1957 Philips FZ876A 'Festival Hall MKI' 7 + magic eye  All Wave 
1957 Philips L4Z65BT 'Transworld Portable' 3 valve, 1 diode, 3 transistors 4
1958 Philips B2Z69U 'Riviera' 5  Dual Wave 
1958 Philips B3Z75U 'Continental' 5  All Wave 
1958 Philips FZ886A 'Festival Hall MKII' 7 valve + transistor pre-amp + magic eye  All Wave 
1958 Philips L3Z73T 'Transistor Ace' 7 transistors, 1 diode  Broadcast 
1959 Philips B4Z69A 6 + magic eye 4
1959 Philips F6Z96A 'Albert Hall' 7 or 11  All Wave 
1959 Philips F8Z96A 'Westminster Hall' 13 + magic eye  All Wave 
1959 Philips L4Z95T 'Town and Country Transworld' 7 transistor, 2 diode 4
1960 Philips F5Z06A 'Philharmonic' 6  Broadcast 
1961 Philips B3Z96T 'Continental Cordless' 7 transistors, 2 diodes 4
1961 Philips F9Z06A 'Festival Hall MKV' 15 + magic eye  All Wave 
1961 Philips FL517A 'Hilversum Conbrio' 8 + magic eye 4
1961 Philips L3Z74T 'Transistor Ace' 7 transistors, 1 diode  Broadcast 
1961 Philips L3Z90T 'Personic' 7 transistors, 1 diode  Broadcast 
1962 Philips B0Z17T 'Philette Transistor' 6 Transistor, 2 Diode  Broadcast 
1963ish Philips F5Z37A 'Celestial' 8 (including two rectifiers)  Broadcast 
1965ish Philips B2Z56U 4  Broadcast 
1965ish Philips F5Z19A 7  Broadcast 
1966ish Philips 23RL475 'Four Aces' 7 transistors, 3 diodes  Broadcast 
1967ish Philips F4Z37A 'Concorde' 8 (including two rectifiers)  Broadcast 
1967ish Philips F5Z67A 'Celestial' 7  Broadcast