The first automaker to offer an 8-track tape in vehicles 1965
The Stereo 8 Cartridge was created in 1964 by a consortium led by Bill Lear, of Lear Jet Corporation, along with Ampex, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Motorola, and RCA Victor Records. The 8-track tape is a magnetic-tape sound-recording technology that was popular in the United States.
On September 15th, 1965, The Ford Motor Company became the first to Put 8-Track Tape Players as an option in all its rang of vehicles.
Ford was particularly eager to promote in-car quadraphonic players as a pricey option, being the only “Big Four” American automotive company to do so.
Tapes were initially only available at auto parts stores, as home 8-track equipment was still a year away.
Extra Note: Ford was debating the adoption of the Lear cartridge in 1965, and looked to its Champion division for guidance.
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