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SORRY, SOLD! 1953 Remington (Torpedo) Senior-Riter Typewriter
  • SORRY, SOLD! 1953 Remington (Torpedo) Senior-Riter Typewriter

    €910.00Price

    This is a strikingly fine example of a mid-century Remington Torpedo, Model 18 typewriter: the famous-but-uncommon Senior-Riter. The  lovely burgundy finish gives this typing machine an exceedingly striking look. This typewriter is in as-new condition, if you can believe it! 70 years old but seldom used and perfectly maintained. It has been outfitted with a renovated platen, and has been fully serviced, adjusted and aligned. 

    The Model 18 is well-known as one of the finest desktop typewriters ever made and I believe that it will be hard to find another Model 18, of this age, in such excellent condition as this one. This is really a marvelous machine. Manufactured in 1953, it shows very minimal use over the years. Every internal mechanism is tight and, unworn and in excellent condition.   The paint finish is excellent condition and uniform in colour. The chrome is in wonderful condition, shiny, bright and uncorroded. 

    Like all of our typewriters this is a fully-working typing machine. It comes with the "Acme" lead certification seal attached to the typewriter which permanently identifies it as a genuine Acme-restored typewriter and provides for a one year warranty. We guarantee safe delivery and provide careful and attentive after-purchase advice and assistance from the date of purchase to the end of eternity to ensure your full satisfaction. In terms of an investment, the Acme Seal proves that this machine was restored by the Acme Type Machine Company. This can add value in the event that you wish to sell this typewriter in the future. 

    Mechanically, this Remington works like new. It has been professionally serviced with all aspects of its mechanical functioning having been checked and adjusted and aligned as needed. It has been appropriately lubricated. The platen, as mentioned, has been newly renovated and will give the user a decade or two of a  very pleasurable typing experience. The paper feeder rollers are in top condition and the rubber feet are soft and grip the desktop well. 

    The Senior-Riter is a relatively uncommon model of the Torpedo Model 18. Many later (late 50s and 60s) Senior-Riters, finished in military-green colour were used by the Royal Netherlands Military Forces and show up from time to time for sale. The Senior-Riter in market-oriented colours (before this one, I have only known them silver-gray like this one and a blue-gray colour) seems to have only been marketed in the Netherlands. Although this assumption is open to more research. The Torpedo factory, in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, was a  subsidiary of Remington for some years. While most Torpedo’s were branded Torpedo some, branded as Blue Bird or Bluebird were destined for Great Britain and some, branded as Remington, were sold through Remington sales channels. At the time it was apparently still cheaper to avoid long shipping distances, so Torpedo made some models of Remingtons for European markets. 

    The hard case is in excellent condition. The exterior shows very minor signs use but the feet are like new. The chrome is like new!

    The typeface is a handsome Pica (10 cpi). The keyboard is an international layout with QWERTY (English standard) and having keys for accent marks for foreign languages. This typewriter comes with a new ribbon so that you can start typing immediately. The typing action is wonderfully fast and solid. 

    For some interesting perspectives on the Remington/Torpedo and the Torpedo Model 18, please see:
    https://writelephant.com/2013/11/14/the-remington-torpedo/
    https://typewriterreview.com/2015/02/19/torpedo-18/
    Don't hesitate to contact me for more photos or any other explanation of anything.

    This fine example of a Remington Senior-Riter will be packed and shipped with the greatest care to preserve its condition and beauty. We have a lot of experience in shipping typewriters and have an excellent track record for proper packing and safe delivery. It will be fully insured during shipment.

    See my buyer reviews on Etsy and you will have confidence in your purchase!

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