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    Posted: 01 May 2013 at 10:22pm
Further to the article in the May club magazine on 80s in-car entertainment (ICE) systems, here is are some more photos of classy units which there wasn't room for in the mag...

BMW Bavaria C looking uber cool in an E30 M3



Becker Mexico's feature in the 6 series Owners Manual and look right at home in an E24 (nice period phone too!)



Toronto SQR 48 (£460 in 1988): 8 watts x 4 channels, radio/cassette, CPS, DNR, CODEM III receiver, Dolby.


Atlanta SQR 47 (£345 in 1988): 26 watts x 2 channels or 7 watts and 4 channels, fader control, digital radio/cassette auto-reverse, CODEM III receiver, CPS.


Memphis SQR 88 (£633 in 1988): 20 watts x 4 channels, radio/cassette with a CD input to the front so should be possible to play an iPod or CD through it. CODEM III receiver, CPS, DNR, Dolby. Beware of all those little buttons for your finger tips to find when at speed.


New York SCD08 (£874 in 1988): CD/radio tuner. CDs are played within a cartridge as this was before reliable shock suppression had been developed. As with all Blaupunkts with codes, if you don't know the code it can usually be decoded over the web by providing the serial number.



Berlin IQR 88 (£1440 in 1988): 25 watts x 4 channels radio/cassette, RDS, PCI, CPS, AVC, cassette scan and code. The Berlin unit has always been the top of the Blaupunkt range and in 1988 the IQR 88 was state-of-the-late-1980s-ICE-art.


Old ICE Repairers:
•     Trevor at Premier Audio Tel: 01384 481 781, e-mail: praudio@talktalk.net. Address: Top Floor Pritchard House, 48 Brierley Hill Road, Wordsley, Stourbridge, DY8 5SJ. Will also modify units to play iPods
•     Justin at Orange Plastic Tel: 07427 199357, e-mail: agreen453@btinternet.com. Address: 77 Fanshawe Avenue, Barking, IG11 8RF. Also sells period ICE
•     Putnoe Radio Services Tel: 01429 869220, e-mail PutnoeRadioService@yahoo.co.uk   Address: Putnoe House, 12 Clifton Avenue, Hartlepool TS26 9QN. Becker Authorised Service Centre


Useful websites:

http://www.radio-code.co.uk/ - radio decoding online

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/partgrp.domodel=5382&mospid=47199&hg=65&fg=05 – lists the factory fitted radio options

http://www.radiomuseum.org/ - reference library with details on many radio/cassettes models

http://www.koenigs-klassik – usually has a selection of period radios for sale


Quote from RoboCop, a 1987 science fiction action movie

[Former city councilman Miller, holding the mayor hostage, makes demands of the police.]

Lt. Hedgecock: Okay, Miller! Don't hurt the mayor! We'll give you what you want!

Miller: First, don't f**k with me. I'm a desperate man! And second, I want some fresh coffee. And third, I want a recount! And no matter how it turns out, I want my old job back!

Lt. Hedgecock: Okay!

Miller: And I want a bigger office! And I want a new car! And I want the city to pay for it all!

Lt. Hedgecock: What kind of car, Miller?

Miller: Something with reclining leather seats, that goes really fast, and gets really sh**ty gas mileage!

Lt. Hedgecock: How about the 6000 SUX?

Miller: Yeah! Okay, sure! What about cruise control? Does it come with cruise control?

Lt. Hedgecock: Hey, no problem, Miller. You let the mayor go, we'll even throw in a Blaupunkt!
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A few more images of '80s ICE for your delectation...
 
Blaupunkt Kingston:
 
Blaupunkt Memphis
 
A Pioneer system with graphic equaliser and CD - cost £950 in 1988
 
Blaupunkt Hamburg
 
Blanpunkt Bremen
 
Blaupunkt Bamberg
 
Blaupunkt Montreux
 
Blaupunkt advert from end of the 1980s
 
 
 
 
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5th picture down is not a Memphis SQR88.

The SQR88 looks almost identical to the SQR48 Kingston in your pic but has more features.

Blaupunkt had multiple names for the same head units for different markets.

For example, the SQR 05 Bamberg in your pic was also called the New York.

Some more pics and info here.

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I've recently sold a bit of eighties ice - a Bavaria C and a Blaupunkt Cambridge. I'm finding now that a really nice E34/E36 era BMW Business RDS radio cassette has a value.
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are they going back into period cars - if so do you know which ones as interesting to see those that are now being restored or saved as likely to indicate car values also - just being a bit nosey really :-)
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I have a blaupunkt SQR 88 Memphis, BEQ S2 stalk equaliser and BQA160 amplifier in my E30 325i Sport combined with BMW HiFi pack tweeter housing and rear shelf speakers.

That little lot would have cost the best part of £1700 back in '89.

I've been hoarding some other period ICE and have several blaupunkt amps, EQ's and some pioneer stuff. All dealer fit audio from the 80's.
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The best ones for BMWs are:
- Blaupunkt: Berlin, Bremen, Toronto and New York, generally the higher end units.
- Becker Mexico or Grand Prix
- one of the better BMW systems, which were generally made by Phillips (then Grundig from 1992) although top end units were Becker
 
I have a Blaupunkt Berlin IQR 88 and swan-neck stalks on either side of the steering wheel, one for the graphic equaliser (BEQ S2) and one for the remote control, in my '89 M635CSi. It would have cost £1,842 in '89 - equivalent to £4,000 today - and is period perfect and sounds good enough.
 
I bought a spare Berlin on German eBay last week for not much, although 'shops' are asking a lot for them. Even started buying cassettes again so I can play them in it.
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As you can see, the SQR 88 was one of the higher end head units for '90 and also '88 and '89 as it was released in 1988.

The aux in on the front is one of the reasons what makes this one of the more sought after and valuable head units today.



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