Why Did 1980s Datsuns Have Tiny Vinyl Record Players in Them?

Leave it to Sam Battle of Look Mum No Computer to discover this bizarre little bit of tech history.

In the 1980s, Datsun cars had a mini-record player built into them. It wasn’t accessible to the consumer, it was used to house a series of warning messages (“Lights are on,” “Brake is on,” “Door is open,” etc.).

Sam found a broken one online and fixed it. Sort of. He had to bodge it a bit and it only plays the messages at random. At the end of the video, he hooks the player up to a synthesizer and has his way with its output.


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