BELL SOLID STATE COLT MK III (CIRCA 1975)

The Bell Solid State Colt Mk III was manufactured by Bell Radio-Television Corporation Ltd in about 1975, production ran for about 6 years.
This model is part of the Bell Colt series of radios.

The end of an era, the final ever Bell Colt - the Mk III.  Almost lost inside the now cavernous Colt cabinet, the Mk III circuit board is tiny compared to the chassis used in pretty much every other colt produced over the previous 25 or so years.

 

Early models had a grey back panel with the previous style chassis tag riveted to the outside, although this was replaced with a patterned brown panel with a paper serial number label glued on at some point in the production.

Its worth noting that this is the only model released to ever have both 'Bell' and 'Colt' on the dial glass (most just had 'Bell', although the odd one had 'Colt'), and the only model to shift the dial pointer to be vertical, moving left to right instead of up and down.  There were at least two different versions of the dial glass for this model as seen below, with the early version shown on the left.

Bell Colt Transistorised MKIII dials

The Bell Solid State Colt Mk III 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

Valves

Frequency Bands: 1

Chassis Notes(most schematics can be clicked to download a full size version) The chassis has finally been replaced with a printed circuit board, and the dial lights with miniature grain-of-wheat lamps which are quite difficult to replace and almost impossible to find.

Schematic might also work for MKII (Its unsure what Series II on the schematic means)