NEW!  Aurora FMR-1 AM/FM Stereo Conversion

For Original Antique Vehicle Radios

 Convert your original radio into a custom-built AM/FM stereo!

Aurora Stereo Conversion 

FMR-1 Stereo

Click on the photo above to view a quick video describing the new Aurora FMR-1.

Aurora Design  THIS IS IT -- the revolution -- the Stereo heard 'round the world!
Stereo conversions have been available for several years, and we proudly offered the best available at the time.  However in 2012 a downturn in quality and availability triggered a project to design and build something better.  In May 2013 we introduced the Aurora FMR-1 Stereo Receiver to the world, right here on this website, and the sparks began to fly!  In short order most reputable dealers switched to the new product line, and we haven't looked back.   THE NEW AURORA FMR-1 STEREO RECEIVER HAS TAKEN OVER AS THE NEW STANDARD FOR CONVERSIONS!
The Aurora FMR-1 is unique in several ways.  Unlike any car stereo you buy off the shelf, this is not a "Consumer-grade" product -- it is designed and built IN DETROIT, by AUTO ENGINEERS, to OEM STANDARDS.  The keywords from the beginning were "Bulletproof" and "No excuses."  Tested under extreme conditions -- ovens, high-voltage, etc., it is expected to perform flawlessly for several years despite desert heat or arctic cold.  Designed specifically for vintage car radios, you'll find yourself enjoying your stereo vs. putting up with it.  If you've experienced those expensive "repro radios" or older conversions you know what we mean.  The tuning is rock-solid digital, yet it has the easy-to-tune "feel" of an analog radio.  No fidgeting with the controls to get the station you want; no drift that forces you to keep re-tuning it.  No surprise bugs and idiosyncrasies to make you second-guess if the radio was worth the investment.  And no smoke if you accidentally touch a wire to the wrong place -- the PCB is fully protected against any such abuse you care to give it.
So what exactly IS an FMR-1 Conversion?  Simple -- we completely disassemble your radio, clean and adjust the controls and tuning mechanism as needed, then replace the primitive components with a new PCB that contains an AM/FM Stereo.  In the dash it looks totally original, but turn it on and you'll be treated to modern sound with AM/FM stereo, an audio input, and (optionally) Bluetooth and USB interfaces.  Operation is the same as before -- pushbuttons, Wonderbar, Town & Country, Electro-Touch, Rotomatic, and other tuning designs will work on FM in the same manner as AM.  Band switching, input mode, balance, fader, and other functions can be controlled with the radio's original controls.  Of course if you have an original AM/FM switch, balance control, etc., these will be wired to operate as original.
A note about LED indicators:  The PCB includes a tiny LED indicator, used for initial setup and diagnostics.  Older conversions often included a larger dial-mounted LED (we didn't use them) that indicated if you're on a station, and rotated three colors like a Christmas tree for input mode.  Although the FMR-1 has provision for a dial-mounted LED, we do not install them.  It detracts from the original appearance of the radio, may be annoying to look at, and does nothing to enhance the stereo's performance.  In the unlikely event that troubleshooting is required, the LED inside the radio can be utilized.
Instruction Manual And Specifications (PDF Format)
Back by demand!  Instructions for AAR Conversions

FMR-1 Accessories:

BT-1 Bluetooth Adapter:  Bluetooth Adapter  Bluetooth  This is NOT a cheapie makeshift cigarette-lighter plug with dangling wires!  Mounted inside the radio, it is a FULLY CERTIFIED, FCC Licensed professional module built to automotive standards and designed to operate seamlessly with the FMR-1 Stereo.  Just select the music on your phone, and you'll hear it on the stereo!  You can also take and receive phone calls, and best of all it's completely invisible!*

*With the exception of the included optional microphone, which can be mounted anywhere.  Suggested location is to route the wire inside the A pillar and mount it near the sun visor.

USB-1 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-1, this is designed to work seamlessly with the FMR-1 Stereo.

NEW!!!  BTU-1 Bluetooth/USB Module with Voice Command:  BTU-1If you want both USB AND Bluetooth, this is the one for you!  Not only does this new product offer new features such as Voice Command, the price is actually LESS 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.

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Prices:  We're trying to keep the pricing simple, but not all radios are the same -- they vary widely.  So we have prices that cover most models, then we list exceptions below them.  NOTE:  ALL prices are for 12 volt, negative ground electrical systems.  If your 6 volt car has been converted to 12, these prices apply.  if the vehicle still uses 6 volts and/or positive ground, a voltage booster must be added which adds $100 to the price.

PUSHBUTTON RADIOS:  For the vast majority of vehicles, stop right here.  This applies to any manual-tune or pushbutton radio, Rotomatics, and most any set that is not a signal-seeker type.

ALL-Transistor American AM-only radios (typically 1963 and later):  $385

All the rest:  $400

Exceptions:  1941-48 Cadillac, 1946-48 Lincoln:  $450.  European sets, including Blaupunkt, Becker, and Radiomobile:  $420.  Prewar sets:  Please call.  Since these sets require more labor, please allow extra time.

Note that many American imports such as Volkswagen, Triumph, Alfa-Romeo, and Volvo have American-made radios.  American prices also apply to most Japanese sets.

Radios we will not convert:  Tape players, Trans-Portables, CB radios, aftermarket stereos including repro sets, digital display sets, prewar sets with elaborate tuning.

SIGNAL SEEKER RADIOS:  Trademarked "Wonder Bar", "Town & Country", "Electro-Touch", Travel-Tune", or "Search-Tune", depressing a button or bar will cause the motorized tuner to search for radio stations.

Delco all-tube sets (GM, Packard, Studebaker):  $495

Delco hybrid or transistor (no vibrator) (GM, Packard, Studebaker):  $445

Mopar 1955-56:  $495

Mopar 1957 & later:  $445

Ford, Thunderbird, Edsel, Mercury (except 1956 Mercury):  $445

Lincoln/Mercury 1956, Continental Mark II 1956-57:  $545*  (Allow extra time for turnaround)

Lincoln all others:  $495  (Allow extra time for turnaround)

European sets -- Blaupunkt, Becker:  $495  (Allow extra time for turnaround)

*  Certain 1956-7 Lincolns, Mercurys, and Continentals used a Bendix "Travel-Tuner" design that incorporates a special synchronous motor.  For years many were told a conversion cannot be done with this tuner.  This video proves otherwise:


BT-1 Bluetooth Adapter:  Provides wireless connection from your smart phone.  Includes microphone for hands-free phone conversation.  $180

USB-1 USB/MP3 Adapter:  Play music/talking books/podcasts directly from your flash drive.  $100

BTU-1 Bluetooth/USB With Voice Command:  Provides Bluetooth and USB in one module with new features.  $230

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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For additional questions or information, please call 941-371-8924 or e-mail at


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