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Sorry Sold! 1959 Olympia SM4 in Black!
  • Sorry Sold! 1959 Olympia SM4 in Black!


    We are pleased to offer this near mint condition OLYMPIA SM4 DeLuxe typewriter manufactured in 1959. It is in superb condition in every way and has been professionally serviced, aligned and adjusted. The platen roller has been refurbished with new rubber by one of the oldest factories in Europe. It has a new "Acme Signature" blue ribbon with two original metal ribbon spools and comes with a hard case.

    This is an extraordinary typewriter that was produced during the second year of production of the SM4 model-line. With a rich-black body and glossy-black keys, it has an elegant and profound presence on your desk or in your office. This colour combination in early Olympias is not common and to find one in this condition is remarkable. This typewriter is truly a "statement" on the desk of any serious screenwriter, journalist, novelist or even the occasional letter-writer. It is an extraordinary writing instrument for an extraordinary person.

    This is a fully-working--as original--typewriter. The only thing that you have to do is sit down, put paper on the roller and start typing. This Olympia comes with the "Acme" lead certification seal attached to the typewriter under the keyboard. This seal permanently identifies this typewriter as a genuine Acme-restored typewriter and provides for a 6-month warranty at no charge. (See below for details.) 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 in 2021 by the Acme Type Machine Company. This can add value in the event that you wish to sell this typewriter in the future. And the fact that this has a new platen adds even more value.

    For many, the Olympia SM4 is considered to be the "King of the Typewriters". It is one of the most well-engineered, solid, durable and usable typewriter models ever manufactured. The SM series of typewriters from the Olympia factories in Germany are considered by many to be the "gold-standard" of what a modern portable typewriter should be. The SM4 is probably the pinnacle of that technical excellence and engineering brilliance among the SM models. It is perfect for a fast typer, or a slower one.

    The keyboard is standard US/UK (QWERTY), and the typeface is Olympia's Pica (10 c.p.i.). The keyboard has the all-important "@" key.

    Regarding the rubber: Platen Roller is newly refurbished. The Paper Feeder Rollers are smooth and soft. The Feet are clean and soft like new.
    Regarding the chrome: Perfect. No discernible marks or wear.
    Regarding the Body condition: No blemishes or fading anywhere. 
    Regarding the mechanical condition: Working perfectly, as originally manufactured.

    Comes with the original case which is in fine condition. On the outside of the case there are minor signs of wear including a crack in the wooden top piece. Nonetheless, it remains a sturdy carrier for your typewriter. The interior has minor marks where the typewriter feet have sat for decades and some discolouration. The original Olympia branded cleaning brush is included. 

    Based on the serial number (1465127) this machine was manufactured in 1959, the second year of production for the SM4.

    This superb example of an OLYMPIA SM4 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 for shipment.

    If you are shopping for a typewriter, please note that the Platen (the black, rubber-covered roller on which the paper is wound and which receives the strike of the metal key to imprint the letter) is one of the most important elements for the enjoyable use of your typewriter and for making a correct imprint on the paper. Over time, the rubber becomes hard. This hardness results in an unpleasant, loud clatter as you type, a harder shock to your finger bones, and a faulty imprint of the letter on the paper. In the glory days of typing, platens would be replaced every few years, just like replacing the tires on your car. The typical cost for a new platen is around 125$, not including labour costs. If you are spending hundreds of dollars on a typewriter, take the time to ask the seller about the platen. Ask the seller what is the hardness measurement of the platen. It should be between 85 and 95. Most dealers simply clean off the platen and don't mention the hardness in their description. At Acme we install new platens, at no extra cost, on any typewriter that needs one in order to ensure the best typing experience and the best, decades-long operation of your typewriter. 

    Notes on the 6-month Mechanical Warranty: Should anything require repair on the typewriter the Acme Type Machine Company (an established company in the Netherlands with Chamber of Commerce registration 74166247) will repair it free of charge when shipped to our workshop. Due to the costs of shipping and the possibilities therein for damage during the shipping process we will work with you to make any required adjustments or repairs at home prior to taking the step to ship it to our workshop in Holland. Should it be preferable due to costs involved, we will also discuss the possibility of bringing it to a local professional typewriter repair service to make the necessary repairs. 
    The warranty does not cover damage due to mishandling, incorrect use or dropping the typewriter, or for ordinary typewriter maintenance such as ribbon changing, platen roller renovation, character adjustment due to extensive use etc.

    If you have any questions or wish to see more photos, please don't hesitate to contact us.

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