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SORRY, SOLD! 1960 Blue Bird Typewriter (Model 18B)
  • SORRY, SOLD! 1960 Blue Bird Typewriter (Model 18B)

    €720.00Price

    There are reasons why the "Model 18B" is one of the most coveted of typewriters. It is marvelous looking on your desk and a dream to type on. This is a fine example of a mid-century, two-tone Blue Bird, Model 18B, typewriter. It is a solid work-horse and is in excellent condition cosmetically and in full working condition mechanically. And this is the original paint finish; it has not been overpainted. It has a lovely two-tone blue and grey colour combined with the handsome silver keys. The typing action is wonderfully fast and solid. Collectors and users alike sing the praises of the Model 18 typewriter.

    Like all of our typewriters this is a fully-working typewriter. 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. 

    As an investment, this would be an excellent choice. The condition of the typewriter is extraordinary and with the full restoration and the Acme seal, it should retain its value and even increase over time. Even with regular use.

    This is a Model 18 "B" and therefore has the tabulator system. The Model 18B proved to be such a popular model typewriter, in so many ways, that it was produced under various brands (incl. Torpedo and Remington) and sold throughout the world. 

    The body finish is in top condition, and with very few signs of use or age. The keys and spacebar show minimal signs of use. The chrome is in fine condition overall.

    The Platen Roller is clean and smooth. The Paper Feeder Rollers are new-like and soft. The feet are in fine condition and are soft and grip the desktop well. (If you know Model 18's, you know that this is a weak point of the design--but not on this typewriter!) It is missing the extendable paper holder at the back but is otherwise complete and original in every way.

    The typeface is a lovely Elite with 12 characters to the inch (see photo). The keyboard is standard QWERTY and includes the "@" symbol. You can see in the photos an example of the crisp, clear and dark letters that this machine produces. It comes with a new bi-colour ribbon.

    This Blue Bird Model 18 comes with its original case which, unfortunately, has a broken zipper on one side. Nonetheless, the case will protect the typewriter well and will allow it to be transported easily and in full safety.

    For some interesting perspectives on the Model 18 typewriter, please see:
    https://typewriterreview.com/2015/02/19/torpedo-18/

    Please read the Introduction on the opening page of our Etsy shop for helpful details about our shop, warranty, policies, etc.

    This fine example of a Model 18 typewriter 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.

    See my buyer reviews on Etsy and you will have confidence in your purchase. And don't hesitate to ask for more photos or message me with any questions.

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