BELL COLT 5B4 (1954)

The Bell Colt 5B4 was manufactured by Bell Radio-Television Corporation Ltd in 1954, it was in production for 1 year. It's part of the Bell Colt series.

Other radios based on the same chassis:

Second model of Colt, and early versions were not all that different to the original version.

Early 5B4 models used the original ETA round IF cans, later models had newer square IF's

Early versions also used either the ECH41 or ECH42 mixer / oscillator valve (far left hand side looking from the back).  This is easily distinguishable from later models which used the improved ECH81 which had no rimlock base like all the other valves in this set.

1954 Bell Colt 5B4

The Bell Colt 5B4 is part of the 'Bell Colt' series.

There is considerable information on the main Bell Colt page about this long-running Kiwi icon.


Bell Colts ran from 1951 through until 1980 - the longest running model of NZ built domestic radio.  It saw many different engineering changes over the years, and the last few models dropped valves in favour of new transistor technology.

Please note that not all radios shown in this series were known as Colt's - the Planet, the Mercury etc were models in their own right - but they have a Colt chassis in them and so are included here as part of the wider Bell Colt dynasty.

The items in this series are

Technical Information

Valves (5): ( ECH41 or ECH42 or ECH81 ), EF41, EBC41, EL41, EZ40

Intermediate Frequency: 462kc/s

Frequency Bands: 1

Chassis Notes(most schematics can be clicked to download a full size version) Early versions used all rimlock valves, however later versions replaced the ECH41/42 with a noval ECH81. Some chassis' were stamped with 5B4, but not all of them.

Other documented models using this chassis (2 in total)

1954 Bell Oak Mantle