The Bell Planet was manufactured by Bell Radio-Television Corporation Ltd in 1957.
This model is part of the Bell Colt series of radios.
The Planet was a Colt in a solid oak cabinet. Sales literature shows it to be a standard AM broadcast only model although JWS refers to it as a dual-wave. Its probable that there were dual wave sets sold in these unusual cabinets as well.
The solid oak cabinet was an oddity since most timber cabinets were veneer over ply. Being solid it was thicker that usual and appears quite chunky. They also seem prone to warping and cracking.
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