Philco Predicta Experts, info needed please!

Philco Predicta Experts, info needed please!

Post by Eri » Mon, 15 Mar 1999 04:00:00



Hi all, I recently found an advertisment for a Predicta "Full Dress" console.
This is a large 21" floor model on a 4 legged swivel base. Model # 4658-SL

I have never seen one of these for sale anywhere and was wondering if anyone
else had, or is this something really rare.
I also wanted to know if one were to be found how much it would be worth?

I have pictures at: http://members.aol.com/thefiftys/temp/phil.htm

Thanks for your help,

Eric

 
 
 

Philco Predicta Experts, info needed please!

Post by Bonita Lee Genia » Mon, 15 Mar 1999 04:00:00


Philco used the "Predicta" name for their 21" and 24" sets in the 1959 model
year. There are two other 21" sets, a table model 4240, and another more
traditional console 4662P, that have the "Predicta" chassis as well as two 24"
consoles, the 6628 and 6632. None of these sets look anything like the futuristic
styling of the sets that we commonly refer to as Predictas today. It looks like
Philco was using the "Predicta" name to refer to the_chassis_that was used in the
set, not the actual styling of the cabinet. This is apparent in the full page ad
from Life magazine of 11-10-58 which shows all of the models described above, and
states these sets all contain the "S-F" picture tube and Predicta chassis.
Certainly some of these sets were sold, I remember a cousin having the 24"
console with the Predicta name on it, however I would think that due to the fact
they were relatively common looking sets, the poor quality of  the original
equipment CRT's, and the well known chassis problems that plague the 21" sets,
not very many of them survive today. It has been a couple of years since I saw
one of the 21" consoles here in the Midwest. Most people would  feel they are no
more collectible than other late 50's or early 60's TV's by any other
manufacturer. Therefore, I would not expect them to have a value anywhere close
to the other Predictas, which are in demand only because of their radical
styling. It would be worth whatever someone who wanted it was willing to pay for
it. It has been said the Predicta caused great problems for Philco both in and
out of warranty and was one of the big reasons that resulted in the sale of
Philco to the Ford Motor Company a few years later.
Quote:

> Hi all, I recently found an advertisment for a Predicta "Full Dress" console.
> This is a large 21" floor model on a 4 legged swivel base. Model # 4658-SL

> I have never seen one of these for sale anywhere and was wondering if anyone
> else had, or is this something really rare.
> I also wanted to know if one were to be found how much it would be worth?

> I have pictures at: http://members.aol.com/thefiftys/temp/phil.htm

> Thanks for your help,

> Eric


 
 
 

Philco Predicta Experts, info needed please!

Post by norml.. » Tue, 16 Mar 1999 04:00:00



Quote:
>It has been said the Predicta caused great problems for Philco both in and
>out of warranty and was one of the big reasons that resulted in the sale
of
>Philco to the Ford Motor Company a few years later.

This is an interesting point. I have always thought that Philco's demise
was precipitated by the Predictas and the Safari--the first transistor
TV--at about the same time. They both would seem to have had high
development costs and were relative flops in the marketplace.

Maybe there are Philco coporate history buffs here?

Norm

 
 
 

Philco Predicta Experts, info needed please!

Post by <mun.. » Tue, 16 Mar 1999 04:00:00


I don't claim to be a Philco history buff, but remember the "Apple" color
picture tube?  Another high cost development which went nowhere.
--
Crazy George
 
 
 

Philco Predicta Experts, info needed please!

Post by Eri » Wed, 17 Mar 1999 04:00:00


Thank you to all who replied. :-)

Eric

 
 
 

Philco Predicta Experts, info needed please!

Post by Bill Sheppa » Wed, 17 Mar 1999 04:00:00


Remember the Predicta line came out in the same time slot as the Edsel.

o.c.

 
 
 

Philco Predicta Experts, info needed please!

Post by LilMouse » Fri, 19 Mar 1999 04:00:00


Okay! So, the Predicta & Edsel came out in the same time slot. Sooo! Tell me
some more about both. I'm game on this one. I've owned both of them. Just got
one of them. Let's talk. We ownered a very nicely restored 1959 Edsel Ranger
2dr at one time. We restored it from the ground up with a really nice paint job
on her & from what I have seen & heard of her she is still running & looks just
as nice today. Not bad about those old American made metal monsters. Wish to
own another one of these days. Now I drive a old 1973 Cadillac 2dr CoupeDeville
& 1973 Ford Ranchero 500 do to that, beautiful old 1959 Edsel. One day will be
driving a 1957 through 1960 Desoto if life lets me have one. Ah! Predicta's &
Edsels what a combination. Just like old antique radios & the people who love
to restore them, here them & collect them. Thanks for your time. Paula Wood
 
 
 

Philco Predicta Experts, info needed please!

Post by LilMouse » Mon, 22 Mar 1999 04:00:00


This is to all the people on the newsgroup & Telstar electronics for helping me
with my Predictas paint speckle problem. The speckles are gone & she is up &
running like she's supose to be. Thanks again. Paula & David Wood     PS Didn't
have to use Brasso. Found out it would darken screen
Paula Wood of Keepers Antiques http://members.aol.com/eman1958/keepers1.html  
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