- first car radios
Enthusiasts had already been finding creative ways to integrate radios into their cars for over a decade, but the first true car radios weren’t introduced until the 1930s. Motorola offered one of the first car radios, which retailed for about $130. Philco also introduced an early head unit around that time.
When inflation is taken into account, $130 translates to a price tag of about $1,800. Keep in mind that this was the era of the Model T, and you could buy an entire car for around two to three times the asking price of Motorola’s first car radio.