Camaro Radio Equipment

The radio in a Camaro has always been OPTIONAL. You can't delete it - if you don't want a radio, you don't order one. It was not uncommon for folks to NOT order a radio, not only because the factory radio was expensive (a high profit option), but it was usually considered inferior to what was available in the aftermarket at the time.

As time went by more radio choices became available. In the early 70's - AM was the hot ticket... as FM stations became more prevalent, the AM/FM radio becomes a more desirable option. 8 tracks and then cassette players show up as technology continued to improve. In the late 70's with the CB craze, a CB radio was offered as an option.

Note: most RPO designations stay the same, even if the radio physically changes.

Antennas:
RPO U76 is the windshield antenna option. It is automatically included with any radio option. The only time U76 would need to be ordered is when you DON'T order a radio and you WANT the antenna in the windshield.
All cars are equipped to accept the windsheild antenna connector, even if they're not ordered with it.
Tinted windshields include the antenna.

Speaker(s)
The stock speaker for a car ordered with a radio is in the front cowl area.
RPO U80 "rear seat speaker" - was available from 1970 - 1981 it required an optional non-stereo radio to be installed. Rear seat speaker is contained in package tray area.

Speaker/radio wiring diagrams: 1974 | 1980

Stereo radio systems would come with dual rear speakers, in addition to the front speakers.
The stock package tray has provisions to mount two 6x9" speakers regardless of what radio was ordered, if any.

Radio equipment availability, usage & interchange.

1970
1970 RPO U69 AM/FM radio 1970 is unique in that it's the only year the radio knobs are plain round knobs.

Radios offered are:
U63 Radio, AM pushbutton @ $61.10
U69 Radio, AM-FM pushbutton @ $133.80

1971 - 1976
1974 RPO U69 AM/FM radio In 1971 the radio knobs get international symbols on them.
Available radios are:
U63 Radio, AM pushbutton, $61 - $75 (1971 - 1976)
U69 Radio, AM-FM pushbutton $133 - $137 (1971 - 1976)
1974 adds stereo AM/FM (RPO U58)
U58 Radio, AM-FM stereo $233.00 - $226 (1974 - 1976)
1976 adds sterio tape (8-track) option, available in either AM (RPO UM1) or AM/FM (RPO UM2).
UM1 Radio, AM with stereo tape @ $209.00 (1976)
UM2 Radio, AM-FM with stereo tape @ $324.00 (1976)

1977
1977 RPO U69 AM/FM radio
1977 RPO U63 AM radio
1977 is unique as far as the interchange. I don't know why yet. (possibly the knob spacing changes, but wiring stays the same).

Available radio equipment remained the same and was:
U58 Radio, AM-FM stereo @ $226.00
U63 Radio, AM @ $72.00
U69 Radio, AM-FM @ $137.00
UM1 Radio, AM with stereo tape @ $209.00
UM2 Radio, AM-FM with stereo tape @ $324.00

1978 - 1981
1981 RPO Uxx AM/FM Stereo tape radio While I was jamming out to Aerosmith, BOC and Foghat this was also the disco era along with the CB craze (breaker-breaker-1-9).
Stereo tape means 8-track tape. Cassette is the smaller cassette tape most folks are familiar with.
Notice the RPO #'s stay the same as in 1977 (and prior years). Prices seem to go down for the AM radio, and go up for the AM/FM stereo. The price of the "high end" cassette, CB's and other fancy stuff was extremely expensive and didn't sell very well.

1978
Available radio equipment (same choices as 1977):
U58 Radio, AM-FM stereo 10,782 233.00
U63 Radio, AM 91,504 65.00
U69 Radio, AM-FM
UM1 Radio, AM with stereo tape 12,860 209.00
UM2 Radio, AM-FM with stereo tape 12,351 324.00

1979:
New choices: Cassette tape and CB radio. Power antenna and clock.

UM1 Radio, AM with stereo tape 6,875 248.00
UM2 Radio, AM-FM with stereo tape 37,713 335.00
UN3 Radio, AM-FM with stereo cassette 19,195 341.00
UP5 Radio, AM-FM with CB and power antenna 198 489.00
UP6 Radio, AM-FM stereo CB and power antenna 1,355 570.00
UY8 Radio, AM-FM stereo with clock

1980:
UM1 Radio, AM with stereo tape 1,746 249.00
UM2 Radio, AM-FM with stereo tape 18,196 272.00
UN3 Radio, AM-FM with stereo cassette 15,396 285.00
UP5 Radio, AM-FM (Mono) with CB and power antenna 49 473.00
UP6 Radio, AM-FM stereo CB and power antenna 491 525.00
UY8 Radio, AM-FM stereo with digital clock

UN9 Radio, Suppression Equipment
UP7 Radio Provisions - monaural
UP8 Radio Provisions - Stereo

1981:
(incomplete)

UM2 Radio, AM-FM with stereo tape 8,182 252.00
UN3 Radio, AM-FM with stereo cassette 23,665 264.00
UP6 Radio, AM-FM stereo CB and power antenna
U58 Radio, AM-FM stereo 26,008 178.00
U63 Radio, AM 25,031 90.00
U69 Radio, AM-FM

Radio harness

Radio/Speaker rebuilding

Fisher Body

Practicality


Last updated: 10/20/2011
Author: MadMike Maciolek

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