This radio was made here in Waihi by Akrad Radio to mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth 2nd in 1953. The coronation emblem was on the top of these radios as a special feature, you can see it in the picture below. They are a 5 valve set with the valve lay out as follows, 7C5, EF22, 7C6,7Y4,7S7.
Akrad Radio was one of NZ's biggest radio producers for many years. From its small beginnings in 1932 by 1953 it had joined forces with a British company and began making PYE radios in NZ. In 1967 Philips of Holland had a 60% share in the company and in 1982 in a major restructure Philips wound up Akrad Radio Corp marking the end of an era for the small country town of Waihi.
Regent modle 513 made in1953