a selection of the machines cleaned and made serviceable by Retrotype.co.uk
A 60 year old German machine of quality and substance (8Kg) this Primus has a history. Purchased on 7th March 1960 in Stirling, Scotland for £37.16.0 by Miss Booth. The typewriter has been well maintained and in remarkable condition having been protected by the lockable case which has sustained scuffs and scratches.
Often overlooked, late Adler typewriters have a quality build inside a lightweight yet strong plastic case. This Tippa model dates from around the mid-1960s and has a sans serif typeface. It is clean and very portable and a pleasure to use.
This Italian beauty from the 1950s was made for the German market so different keys! It is complete with original purchase and warranty documents and instructions.
This 'ultra-portable' has typical 70s angular lines in grey/beige plastic. Complete with navy blue vinyl box travel case, this retro machine is ready-to-use and easy to take away. Ideal for a college or Uni student wanting to express their individuality - printed text without having to rely on technology.
Another quality Italian vintage machine. The 'gubbins' of this modernist-style machine are virtually identical to that of the earlier Antares Annabella, Domus and p59. The compact has a metal alloy body and strong but light plastic case/cover. A great little typewriter with a light action and clean typeface (font)
Yet another super portable from the Italian Antares stable, this time a 'Compact'. Very similar to the P59, this one dates from the early 1960s. I really enjoy cleaning and fettling these machines and this one is a beauty.
A lovely find, this is a quality Italian made portable typewriter with classic mid-century style. A twin brother of the Annabella I sold earlier this year, Domus differed only by having a British QWERTY layout/ typeset and sporting a shiny black 'bonnet' instead of Annabella's lipstick red.
Soooo Orange, this LISA 30 is very much a fashion piece and is complete with the origin denim-look satchel. In great condition, clean and fitted with a new ink ribbon. The workings are that of the sought after Italian Antares in this instance no frills so easy to maintain.
The Little Star is an often overlooked gem from the 1950s. A neat ultra-portable design with some inovative features such as the Bakelite lid doubling up as a 'dock' making laptop use more comfortable. This example came to me with its gubbins covered in 60+ years of detritus, after a thorough deep clean and fettle Little Star is indeed just so!
Another member of the Italian made Antares stable, this P59 has very much the same mechanism as the Domus and Annabella below. The design is slightly more functional with a hard wearing crinkle type paint and plastic clam case. Ideal gift for mid-century enthusiasts, collectors and budding writers.
Another one for the collectors, this 1950s beauty, oozes quality the moment you tap the keys. Manufactured in West Germany and often labelled as 'Torpedo' and described as one of the very best of its era.
Right at the end of the manual typewriter era Brother finessed their succesful full-featured portable. Produced for the last decade (74-84) in some countries badged as Brother JP-5, I believe this example is Oct '84 by the serial number. It needed a good degrease and shift adjustment on the upper case alignment.
This Consul 232 was came out of the Czechoslovakian factory in 1962 and is a very stylish but sturdy little machine. I'd love to keep it for my own collection but I have to remain focused on restoring for others to enjoy! A clear serif font with jlight touch a great beginners vintage typewriter.
Another gorgeously mid-century styled typewriter, this one in duck-egg blue. Quite sought after among collectors - in fact I have to discpline myself not to add it to my personal shelf-creaking collection. The Consul 232 has a serial number dating its manufacture to 1962 in the Czechoslovakian city of Brno. A .pdf file of the 'Operating Instruction' is available to view/download (see Blogs, manuals & info)
Made in 1963 by SCM this Empire- Corona needed a bit of loving to bring it back to good working order. As SCM transfered across to plastic molded bodies, this model retained the sturdy pressed metal finish. A .pdf copy of the instruction manual is available on my info page.
Stand out from the rest with this sought after quality machine. Very tidy and precise, this Baby should continue to provide good service and raise an eyebrow in anyone's study. AZERTY keyboard
A 'Modern' (early 1980s) classic in light grey plastic. This Hermes Rocket weighs in at just 3.8kg, an ideal travelling machine. This one was made in Brazil for the Latin American market. At its heart is the precision Swiss quality Hermes are renowned for.
This Japanese manufactured Imperial 200 is a popular compact portable from the early 1970s. Made by Silver-Seiko they offered quality and reliability on a budget, this one has like many developed the characteristic random discolouration of the off-white plastic keys.
This Japanese manufactured Imperial 230 is a popular compact portable from the early 1970s. Made by Silver-Seiko, they offered quality and reliability on a budget. Featuring TAB, bichromic ribbon selector and touch adjuster, this 230 is a great example in super condition.
As the electric typewriter became prevalent and dawn of the word-processor around the corner, the Bulgarian Typewriter works based in Plovdiv reached out to for components from successful Japanese manufactures. This portable is very neat and well made, having the benefit of hardly any signs of wear & tear. Ideal for someone on the move.
Another Maritsa 30, this one found a new home in Northern Ireland
Another very neat and capable Martisa 30. The Bulgarian Typewriter works based in Plovdiv reached out to for components from successful Japanese manufactures. This portable is very neat and well made, having the benefit of hardly any signs of wear & tear. Ideal for someone on the move.
Manufactured in the mid/late 1950s in Glasgow this is another fine example of a design icon. What makes this one special is the original 'Pistachio' body colour, very 'Retro'! Very neat for its age is complete with brown nylon and leather case with working metal zippers.
An award-winning 1960 British made portable, this is a classic dream machine from the retro era. Awarded the Compasso d'oro prize in 1954. In 1959 the Illinois Institute of Technology chose the Lettera 22 as the best design product of the last 100 years. A great addition to your desk
At last another Lettera 22, it has been a while since we promised another but after considerable research and learning how to service/restore these machines here we are. This particular machine has 60 years of wear and the case zipper is damaged otherwise it works smoothly. The Lettera 22 has compact alloy cast body and is considered a design classic.
Another iconic award-winning 50s designed portable typewriter. With its characteristic soft 'tip-tip'tip' action and 'ting' close to the margin, the Lettera 22 is becoming a desirable machine among enthusiasts, retro/vintage collectors and writers. This example has only minor blemishes on the body paintwork. The case zipper works for about 2/3 closure.
This 1960s retro machine is a super example of reliable precision German engineering. The Splendid 66 is a dark horse from Olympia's stable of portable machines. Looking very similar in design to previous and latter models, this is my personal choice, Ready-to-use with red/black ink ribbon fitted and instruction manual, compact so easy to stow for travel or storage. Ideal for a college or Uni student - printed text without having to rely on technology. S/r 5-1501635
Quality 1960s West German manufactured portable typewriter. Very clear font (typeface), light action cleaned and serviced ready for your creative writing. This Splendid is complete with case which has signs of 50+ years of use hence it was priced accordingly.
Probably one of the newest machines I have for sale but still around 40 years old! This Olympia Traveller de Luxe S is fully featured and has a great adjustable touch. Having spent too many hours watching the coverage of Tokyo 2020 and now the Paralympics, I felt this Japanese machine was worthy of a service and freshen up and has now found a new home.
Fully restored, clean and working this Bavarian beauty is ready to grace your desktop. A sought after model the Princess 300 is easy to use, compact and precision made in Ausburg from the 1950s. Willy Schneider marketed these for the famous Swiss school of typing.
Introduced in 1955 after Royal merged with Dutch factory - McBee to provide a European base for the US long-established manufacturers. This Royalite is well presented in a tan leather-look case.
A portable classic, this Royal/Litton is ready to go having been thoughly cleaned and serviced. At nearly 50 years old it has a few minor scuffs on the powder blue metal casing and yellowing to the type keys and carry case/lid but is otherwise A1.
Mid 70s chic - some would say style over substance! Made in England but featuring the design and badging of the Italian coach builder Giacinto Ghia. Very much based on the SCM Corsair mechanics but has the extra 'power space' bar as an extra. This one arrived having sustained damage to the casing which was reflected in the lower than current market price.
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