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Drive-In Speakers

March 10th, 2009 · 47 Comments

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Restored Drive-In Speakers

We restored a ton of drive-in speakers when we were in the restoration business. Why not? They are a great reminder of a simpler time when a Friday night meant piling in the car to go see a double feature on a warm summer night. Now they are great decor for a garage or TV room.

If you are thinking of sticking your toe into the hobby of restoration these might be a good place to start. You can still find them on eBay and they are an easy restoration. Scuff them up or sandblast them, apply paint or powder coating, make a stand and replace the speakers and wires and that’s that.
Good luck.

These items are not for sale. We show restored items in this blog to encourage discussion, prompt questions and further the hobby of collecting and restoration. We also enjoy sharing the photos of the many items we have restored over the years.

Tags: Restorations by Vintage Vending Inc.

47 responses so far ↓

  • 1 james tasich // Nov 29, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    I am writing to ask you if you know of any
    sources that have drive-in theater speakers for sale? I am looking for 1 set that I can display with my classic 1966 Mustang Convertible at car
    shows. Any information will be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much!
    James Tasich

  • 2 vintagevending // Nov 30, 2009 at 11:35 am


    We don’t know of any right now. Have you checked ebay or Craig’s List? If anyone else can help, please comment.

  • 3 mark // Dec 4, 2009 at 12:45 am

    i have some for sale $50 for the set of two. I have two sets (no poles )
    send me an e-mail if your interested and i will send you photos.

  • 4 Mike // Dec 10, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    I was wondering if you could give me information on where to get speakers, wire, terminal strips, etc.

  • 5 jim // Jan 16, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    i am looking for some speakers with stand

  • 6 alan Rosenblum // Apr 21, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    How much do these speakers cost

  • 7 Travis Cowger // Apr 21, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Hello I have several sets of Original Drive in Theater Speakers from The Dream Drive In located in Wattsville, VA. I have sets from the 50’s thru 70’s. They start at $45 a set. If interested please contact me. Thanks

  • 8 Don Yauger // Jul 5, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    I have a very nice set of restored drive in speakers with pole. paid 135.00 in 1998 make an offer.
    E-Mail yogigm@aol.com

  • 9 kevin cassidy // Jul 18, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    How much do you want for your silver drive in speaker set and what is the brand!

    Is in nickel??

  • 10 vintagevending // Jul 23, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Kevin -
    The speakers are no longer available. We had restored them quite a few years back and they were sold.

  • 11 Bill // Aug 17, 2010 at 10:04 am

    I am cleaning out the last of the drive-in speakers I own, I have several sets from a local Drive-In style some 1970’s. I also have car heaters Vintage as is where is 220 volts $5 Ea
    email me. they are selling as is . need pics please ask
    Thank you

  • 12 Bill // Aug 17, 2010 at 10:06 am

    The Drive-In Speakers Sets are $20 Ea+ Shipping You restore them
    Thanks for your Interest

  • 13 nicolas // Sep 20, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Hi, looking for a nice pair of drive in speakers
    please send me an email, pics and prices

  • 14 Lisa // Oct 22, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Hi, I am currently in the market for drive in speakers for my art. They do not need to work. I have searched on E-bay, but the prices are higher because they have been restored and are working. I do not need the junction box or stand. If you know of anyone please send me an e-mail. I would greatly appriciate it!

  • 15 Darrell // Feb 8, 2011 at 11:20 am

    where can i find knobs and the 4inch speakers i know theres repos out there some where

  • 16 Randy // May 31, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    I have a pair of d.i.t.m.c. mark II speakers that I would like to restore. But I can`t get at the screws that hold it together as they are recessed in the case. Needle nose pliers won`t fit in the recess, and my screw extractor won`t even scratch the head of the screw. Is their a special tool to use?
    Or some other way to get them out ?
    Please Help! Thank You

  • 17 Wing Dude // Sep 28, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    I am looking for restorable drivein speakers for a home project


  • 18 Rick // Oct 30, 2011 at 10:55 am

    I have a stockpile of old drive-in speakers for sale. Will ship anywhere in USA. $20 per speaker, plus shipping cost. Projected sound, RCA, and Simplex models. Condition is used, good condition, not restored. Pictures available upon request.

  • 19 Bruce // Nov 10, 2011 at 12:40 am

    Hi, I’m in australia and looking for some drive in speakers and holder to go with my 1960 caddy. Willing to pay fair price and postage.

  • 20 james tasich // Jan 21, 2012 at 5:40 am

    I am still looking for a restored or very good
    original condition of a set of 1960’s drive in
    speakers with a pole and junction box..wired and working. I would like to hook them up to a
    portable stereo system for car shows. any
    information will be greatly appreciated. Please
    Email me at jtasich@rocketmail.com.

  • 21 Ed // Feb 3, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    I have a few different speakers, RCA, Reed, in unrestored condition that I’m hoping to restore. I have find several site to get parts etc. Question? Any one have a location for restoration information (cleaning and repair). Any photos of how some where put together. I have some that the speaker isn’t screwed in place and supposedly held with a spring. I have one speaker that has the handle or arm that is placed on the junction box but missing the second (need arm). It is the type that is hels on by a nut not all one piece. I have another set where the arm is part of the speaker casting.
    Ed at eryden616@gmail.com

  • 22 Brian // Mar 11, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Rick, do you still have those speakers?

  • 23 larry // Jun 12, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    looking for the top cover for reed drive in speakers

  • 24 tim kowalczyk // Jul 30, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    I am a trompe l’oeil ceramic artist and i am looking to recreate a drive-in speaker. One problem I do not have measurements. I was wondering if anyone would be willing to take or give me very specific measurements of one?

  • 25 Bob Polai // Aug 2, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Hi i am looking for one EPRAD drive in theater speaker i am in Ontario Canada let me know if you have one and how much i would pay postage USPS to Canada Thanks Bob

  • 26 Mario // Oct 3, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    I also live in Ontario Canada, any one know were we can purchase used drive-in speakers in ontario so that shipping doesnèt kill us and we can actually restore and not break the bank in doing so. Thanks in advance.

  • 27 Blair // Oct 17, 2012 at 11:28 am

    I am looking for a dozen sets of speakers for an event that I am working on.

  • 28 DICK // Oct 18, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    i have a lot of old speakers some are EPRAD. I GET 50.00 EA. I HAVE A LOT OF TOPS. THANK-YOU, DICK. toysforboys@unitelc.com

  • 29 dayton // Oct 20, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    hey everyone i am currently fixing up 24 sets (48 speakers) with pole junction box and all wont be done from anywhere from 3 weeks to 2 months but ill check back in when i am

  • 30 John morris // Nov 5, 2012 at 12:03 am

    Looking for at least 10 for prototype guitar amps
    John Morris 916-204-9333

  • 31 John morris // Nov 8, 2012 at 10:14 am

    I’m looking for a bulk but to make speakers into guitar amps!
    John Morris. 916 204 9333

  • 32 Israel Velazquez // Dec 29, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Looking for six drive-in speaker shells. istvelazquez@sbcglobal.net

  • 33 andy // Jan 2, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    I live in Kitchener Ontario and have multiple posts with speakers for sale. Photo available. $75 plus shipping for two speakers and post. andyandma@rogers.com

  • 34 Darrell // Jan 10, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Looking to buy multiple speakers and junction boxes to restore.

  • 35 Jessica // Jan 25, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    This is a question for Dayton, I am interested in all of your speakers if you still have them or, have them ready. If available can you send pricing and photo’s. Thank you, Jessica jessica.hohberger@decorandmore.com

  • 36 andy // Feb 1, 2013 at 4:12 am

    Just sold 12 posts and 24 speakers – only a few left – Feb 1/13

  • 37 michael wakley / Mpowerd Imagery // Mar 10, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Looking to rent a single unrestored drive-in movie theater speaker enclosure for a photo-shoot. If you know where I might find someone to rent me one, I would greatly appreciate it.

  • 38 ken // Mar 15, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    I have a set that is restored with 4″ 80 watt Pionneers installed, polished to a shine. Powered by hi fi thicker RCA cables for an authentic look. Also have top of post. The speakers are manufacured by Projected Sound and do not have a theater stamp. Great for parties… Make offer.

  • 39 Theresa // Mar 22, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Ken I’m interested in your set of restored speakers. Can you email me with pics and price? tja6357@yahoo.com

  • 40 Ted // May 7, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    I am after a set of drive-in speakers and post, restored or not. I am in Australia. tedcooper48@gmail.com

  • 41 Steve // May 10, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Looking for a pair of speakers with junction box that lights, all must be restored. Please send pictures and prices. Thanks. Steveschmidtdesign@gmail.com

  • 42 Droop // Jun 26, 2013 at 5:22 am

    I am looking for some untouched speakers for my store. I saw someone who said they had a bunch at $20 a pair. Please email me at droopsjoint@gmail.com, or anyone else that has a good deal on these. Thanx!!

  • 43 Lelane // Aug 30, 2013 at 8:48 am

    I am in South Africa and looking for a set of drive-in speakers… even if I need to have them posted. If you can help please inbox me on lelanedesousa@gmail.com


  • 44 calvin mason // Nov 7, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    i am looking for 2 drive-in speakers.

  • 45 George // Mar 6, 2014 at 8:55 am

    I’m always looking and restoring speakers and junction boxes. I’ve been updating them to work with today’s MP3’s and cell phones. Let me know if I can help you.
    Thanks. GNLCollectibles@gmail.com

  • 46 Erin // Mar 10, 2015 at 10:08 am

    Detroitdiesel has the speakers and all other parts for sale @ driveinspeakers.com

  • 47 derek // Mar 12, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    i have a set of drive in speakers on a coke stand they work and are for sale

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