The Bell Explorer was manufactured by Bell Radio-Television Corporation Ltd in 1957.
This model is part of the Bell Colt series of radios.
The Bell Explorer is a dual-wave (described in sales literature as 'world wave') version of the Colt.
This was the only dual-wave colt made, although there was a Fountain dual wave radio that used a Colt chassis.The Bell Explorer is part of the Bell Colt series of radios.
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. There is considerable information on the main Colt page about this Kiwi icon.
The radios in this series are:
1951 Bell Colt Original
1954 Bell Colt 5B4
1955 Bell Colt 5B5
1957 Bell Explorer Colt
1957 Bell Planet Colt
circa 1957 Bell Colt 3B7 Champ Colt
circa 1957 Bell Colt Cadet
circa 1961 Bell Colt All Transistor
1967 Bell Colt 5B67
circa 1968 Bell Solid State Colt
circa 1975 Bell Solid State Colt Mk III