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Vintage Aftermarket 8-Track Tape Decks are Stylish “Day Two” Accessories

Posted May 22, 2014 8:04 AM by dstrohl
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[As you read this, the June 2014 issue of Hemmings Motor News has just hit the newsstand, and in it is a story about acquiring vintage 8-track tapes for display or to actually use in your classic car. We thought we'd also offer here a few ideas regarding aftermarket 8-track players.]

For many vintage vehicles owners, the cost of adding a factory 8-track tape player has become prohibitive in recent years due to their rarity and collectibility. There is a lower-cost solution, however.

After decades of restoring cars to factory stock, the recent "Day Two" trend has made it desirable (or at least more socially acceptable) to add era-correct aftermarket accessories. That opens up a whole new affordable world of possibilities regarding 8-track tape decks. Aftermarket examples from the 1960s to the 1980s are still plentiful in online auctions and in classifieds and still turn up at swap meets for about $25 and up depending upon condition. By comparison, factory 8-tracks usually draw hundreds of dollars and ultra-rare and NOS ones even more.

Get the low-down on vintage audio for your vintage car.

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05/22/2014 10:14 AM

Yeah, really miss those....

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Not only did the tape occasionally jam, ruining the 8-track cas...

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05/22/2014 2:01 PM

...sette, but there also that annoying click, pause, whirr, clunk, in the middle of a song as it shifted to the next track to finish the song.

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05/23/2014 6:49 PM

My favorite one was the deck that could play 8-track tapes AND cassette tapes!! I sold these when I worked at Radio Shack after electronics school in the late 70's.

I thought it was brilliant how the mechanics could detect the width of the cartrige installed and raise the cassette head if needed or just let the 8-track continue on to it's head.

Little did I know buying dozens of these MAY have been a better investment than stocks of Microsoft!!!!

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05/24/2014 11:05 AM

Never mind that new fangled stuff, what about installing an in-car record player.

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