First in the series of Transportable broadcast band portable transistor radios.
Note the brass backing plate behind the Pacemaker logo and the hinged back cover - these details were dropped on subsequent models.
The brass nameplate on the front has TRANSISTOR 8, however the inner transistor layout label has TRANS-PORTABLE on it, which is also the model code on the service information - howerver for searchable reasons the model is refered to by the labeling on the front and the commonly known 'Transportable' name for this series of radios.
The first radio (in the world?) to have an RF stage - possibly an unnecesary feature for a broadcast band transistor radio, but still an interesting historical artifact.
The Pacemaker Transportables were battery portable transistor radios from Collier & Beale. The first model appeared in 1957 and was world-leading in that it had a (possibly the very first ever) transistorised RF stage.
The first 3 models were released in an oak cabinet, with the original model being easily identifiable as it has a brass backing plate behind the Pacemaker logo on the front and a hinged back panel. All subsequent models had just the logo with no plate and a slot-in back panel.
The dial cover should be totally transparent, but most are opaque from time / UV damage, dust and scratches... if the cover isn't totally broken and gone. Underneath is the dial plate with North and South Island stations separated onto their own sides.
The last 2 models came in red or cream material covered cabinets of a similar size to the earlier releases.
Interestingly, the original models bore a striking resemblance to the Sony TR-72 (externally, at least).
The radios in this series are:
Intermediate Frequency: 455kc/s
Frequency Bands: 1
General Construction Notes for Collier & Beale Ltd:
Model numbering followed no real sensible scheme until around 1940 - and prior to 1934 apparently no model numbers were assigned at all.
From 1940 a 3- or 4-digit system was employed where the first digit indicates the number of valves, the second digit is the number of bands and the third is the year of manufacture. From 1950 the last digit became two digits, eg: 5151 is a 5-valve broadcast-band only from 1951.
From 1957 model numbers were replaced with model names, ie the Pacemaker Buffalo - which makes the year of manufacture hard to determine unless service info is consulted (although C&B often released service info after the radio, and the date on the service info was for its release, not that of the model.