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.
> 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,