Aurora FMR AM/FM Stereo Conversion

Aurora Design

The Best Conversion Products -- PERIOD!
Built by Automotive Engineers -- In Automotive Plants -- In Detroit
 Convert your original radio into a custom-built AM/FM stereo!

Aurora FMR-2     Aurora Stereo Conversion 

WATCH THE VIDEO -- Click on the photo below

Video depicts the FMR-1 -- applies to the FMR-2

FMR-1 Stereo


Designed and built in the USA by the same people hired by Detroit to design and build new cars!

NOTE --  Many have asked about the FMR-1 vs. FMR-2.  They are the same product, although the version 2 has a few minor design improvements.  As a major authorized dealer for Aurora, we naturally use their latest products in our conversions.  We restock about twice a week, so you can rest assured your stereo will be as fresh as the eggs in your local grocery store!
We convert YOUR radio, so it looks and feels totally original -- no visual changes whatsoever.  Controls, pushbuttons, Rotomatic, Wonderbar, etc., operate as before.  There are a few enhancements, for example on AM radios you can change to FM by turning the set off, then immediately back on.  On radios with a tone switch, the switch can turn your volume into a full tone control.  Balance, fader, and many Bluetooth and USB functions can be performed using the radio's original controls.  You get the best of both worlds -- vintage feel, with functionality and performance that exceeds most aftermarket sets!
Can you use your original antenna?  Absolutely, and no more trimmer adjustment -- it's automatic!  Power is connected as before -- and unlike most aftermarket stereos, there is no "memory" connection, so you can disconnect the battery for the winter without losing your settings.  Speakers -- we strongly recommend using new wiring and modern speakers as this stereo offers much more power and fidelity than before.  We have speaker options designed specifically for older vehicles -- or if you prefer to shop locally, most car stereo speakers are fully compatible.
A note about LED indicators:  The PCB inside the radio has a tiny LED which is used for setup and diagnostics.  Aurora offers provision for a dial-mounted LED, but we do not install them for the simple reason it would compromise the original look of the radio.  In normal use it does nothing to enhance performance, so we keep them off so as to protect the original appearance.

" . . . thank you for all your quality work on my [Studebaker] radio, I have installed it and it sounds magnificent, Bluetooth connectivity is fabulous as is the iPod/aux /USB ports . . ." -- Jeff, Australia

"The sound is amazing and I wanted to thank you for the awesome job you did." -- Mike, California

"Best investment I ever made for this 59 Corvette!" -- Bill, Florida

"I just wanted to let you know how pleased I am with my AM/FM radio conversion (1964 Buick) . . .I will gladly tell my “car friends” about your excellent service and product!" -- Mark, North Carolina


Instruction Manuals:
AAR conversions:  we no longer support them, but customers are still asking:  Instructions for AAR Conversions


FMR Accessories:

NEW! BT-2 Bluetooth Adapter:  Aurora BT-2  Bluetooth  This is a FULLY INTEGRATED, FCC CERTIFIED module that works seamlessly with the FMR-2 Stereo.  Voice Command lets you make hands-free calls, select music, or even get navigation without ever touching your phone or taking your eyes off the road!  NEW!  Supports Bluetooth 4.1, Voice Assist guides you through operations!

NEW! USB-2 USB/MP3 Adapter:  USB-1  Play music from your flash drive right through your new car stereo!  Use your radio's controls to pause/play, next/previous, oe sequential/random.  Just like the BT-2, this is designed to work seamlessly with the FMR Stereo.  NEW!  Supports new protocols!

NEW! BTU-2 Bluetooth/USB Module:  BTU-1  Offers Bluetooth AND USB with all the features listed above, at a lower price than purchasing both separately.

Line Outputs:  This low-cost option allows post-balance/fader, fully buffered connections to external amps.  This option provides 4 channels plus a mono subwoofer output.

Bluetooth Note:  All radios equipped with BT-2 or BTU-2 (since January 1, 2017) include an internal microphone.  Exceptions:  Manual-tune radios (no opening for the microphone) and radios with built-in speakers (will not work properly).  This allows the use of hands-free calls and voice functions without adding any external device.  However, the external microphone performs better, so all Bluetooth-equipped sets include an external mike.



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American radios, 1946 and later, 12 volt negative ground electrical systems:

All-Transistor AM radio, pushbutton or manual-tune:  $385

AM/FM pushbutton sets (Stereo or Mono):  $400

Tube or hybrid sets, pushbutton, Roto-Matic, or manual-tune (Except Cadillac/Lincoln as below):  $400

Exceptions, 1946-47 Cadillac, 1946-48 Lincoln:  $450


Most radios fall into four categories -- all-transistor AM ($385), AM/FM or early stereo ($400), all-tube or tube-hybrid AM ($400), and any Wonderbar or Town & Country ($445).  BUT there are exceptions, for example certain Cadillacs and Lincolns are higher, early Delco Wonderbars require more hardware and are higher, and if your 6 volt car is still 6 volts, an HPC Power Booster is needed.  Also, many European types are priced differently.

So here goes -- remember these prices apply to 12 volts:





  • Prewar radios:  usually $450 but please call to verify.

  • Wonderbar radios, GM and Studebaker/Packard, 1950-1957, also 1958 Buick and Cadillac:  $495

  • Wonderbar radios, 1959 and later Buick, Cadillac, 1958 and later all others:  $445

  • Cadillac 1957 Eldorado all-transistor:  $445

  • Town & Country, 1956-59 Ford, 1958-59 Edsel, 1956-57 Thunderbird, 1957 and later Mercury:  $445

  • Town & Country, 1956 Lincoln & Mercury, 1956-57 Continental Mark II:  $545

  • Town & Country, Lincoln 1957 and later:  $495

  • Mopar Electro-Touch, 1955-56:  $495

  • Mopar signal seeker 1957 and later:  $445

  • European Blaupunkt, Becker signal seeker:  $495

  •  Sets that we will NOT convert:  Tape Players, Trans-Portables, Radios with CB, newer sets with digital display tuning.

Foreign Cars & Trucks (1946 and later):

Many European imports, such as VW, Triumph, Volvo, and Alfa-Romeo have American radios.  Prices above apply.

Many Japanese vehicles such as Datsun and Toyota have basic radios similar to American, and the above prices apply

European radios including Blaupunkt, Becker, Radiomobile, and Pye, pushbutton or manual-tune:  $420

European Signal seeker sets (such as Jaguar E-Type):  $495

(I bring up the E-Type specifically, as this radio looks like a basic pushbutton set.  However you enable seek by pressing the tuner knob, and sensitivity is selected by the knob behind it.)

If your vehicle was originally 6 volts, and the car is NOW 12 volts negative ground, the above prices apply.  If still 6 volts, an HPC Power Booster is required.  The Price is $100.



BT-2 Bluetooth Adapter:  Provides wireless connection from your smart phone.  Includes microphone for hands-free phone conversation.  $180  NEW PRICE!  $170

USB-2 USB/MP3 Adapter:  Play music/talking books/podcasts directly from your flash drive.  $100

BTU-2 Bluetooth/USB With Voice Command:  Provides Bluetooth and USB in one module with new features.  $230  NEW PRICE  $220

Line Outputs:  Offers four post-fader line outputs for external amp and one mono subwoofer line output.  $15

Additional costs:  We try not to surprise anyone with additional costs, but there are a couple that cannot be avoided.  Florida sales are subject to 7% sales tax.  Return shipping is flat $20 for 48 states.  Please follow instructions for packing -- shipping damage may incur additional costs; this is preventable by following instructions.

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