BELL COLT 5B60 (1960)

The Bell Colt 5B60 was manufactured by Bell Radio-Television Corporation Ltd in 1960. It's part of the Bell Colt series.

The 1960 variant of the Bell Colt.

Several different dial glasses seen, and it can be hard to identify.  It might have been the first model to use the newer push-on knobs and might also have been the first model Teevee Radio produced for Bell.


The Bell Colt 5B60 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): ECH81, EF89, EBC81, EL84, EZ80

Intermediate Frequency: 455kc/s

Frequency Bands: 1

Chassis Notes(most schematics can be clicked to download a full size version)

The only previously known schematic appears wrong when compared with 1960 models, but there may be significant differences between models as this was around the time Teevee Radio were producing Colts.  The hand-drawn schematic was reverse-engineered from an example but your mileage may vary.  Please make contact with any noted differences that appear to be factory done.

Bell Colt 5B60

Bell Colt 5B60

Bell Colt 5B60

Bell Colt 5B60