Cartridge Tape Recorder

Description (Brief)
Viking’s model 811R tape recorder was made for home use. The 8-track format was created in 1964 by a consortium led by Bill Lear, along with Ampex, Ford, GM, Motorola and RCA. Intrigued by Earl Muntz’s four-track cartridge, Lear wanted a tape system for his Learjet business aircraft. Realizing that the aviation market was too small, Lear convinced Ford and GM to offer optional 8-track players. The format became popular for several years, finally losing to Philips compact cassette. This Viking unit sold for about $170 in 1969, by 1972 the price had dropped to about $85.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1973
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
steel (overall material)
overall: 38 cm x 28 cm x 12 cm; 14 15/16 in x 11 in x 4 3/4 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
from Edwin Spirer
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Work and Industry: Electricity
Magnetic Recording
Data Source
National Museum of American History