There were in-dash record players, but you’d better not plan on driving anywhere, not unless the road was smooth as polished marble. So Bill Lear came up with a brilliant solution to the skipping experience of playing vinyl in the car: an enclosed four track cassette with stereo sound (thus 8 tracks) to revolutionize two industries, cars, and music. And for about a decade, it worked.
If you own a classic car then you need classic audio gear, of course! What about a retro in dash or under dash 8 track car stereo? Nowadays, there are still lots of collectors and 8 track enthusiasts so no need to search far. Also if you need your player fixed, no problem, there are lots of services offering repairs, like Kate's Track Shack.
The popularity of both four-track and eight-track cartridges grew from the booming automobile industry. In September 1965, the Ford Motor Company introduced factory-installed and dealer-installed eight-track tape players as an option on three of its 1966 models (the sporty Mustang, luxurious Thunderbird, and high-end Lincoln), and RCA Victor introduced 175 Stereo-8 Cartridges from its RCA Victor and RCA Camden labels of recording artists catalogs. By the 1967 model year, all of Ford's vehicles offered this tape player upgrade option. Most of the initial factory installations were separate players from the radio (such as shown in the image), but dashboard mounted 8-track units were offered in combination with an AM radio, as well as with AM/FM receivers. Muntz, and a few other manufacturers, also offered 4/8 or "12-track" players that were capable of playing cartridges of either format, 4-track or 8-track. With the backing of the U.S. automakers, the eight-track format quickly won out over the four-track format, with Muntz abandoning it completely by late 1970.
What's your 8 track car stereo worth in 2021? Here are some recently sold items with prices.
|Pioneer QP 444 Stereo Quadraphonic Car 8||09/2021||$ 768.27|
|New In Box 1975 JIL CAR AUTO 8 TRACK||06/2021||$ 753.94|
|PIONEER TP 727 SEALED NEW 8 TRACK Car||07/2021||$ 672.74|
|JVC 1350 4 CHANNEL DISCRETE CAR 8 TRACK||06/2021||$ 463.96|
|Rare Original BOOMBOX Craig Stereo 8||07/2021||$ 324.77|
|See all sold items on eBay for more prices||10/2021||-.--|