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SORRY, SOLD! 1961 Torpedo Tow-Tone, Model 18, Typewriter
  • SORRY, SOLD! 1961 Torpedo Tow-Tone, Model 18, Typewriter


    What an extraordinary typewriter! In nearly-new condition, it is a gorgeous example of the finest quality mid-century design and construction. The famous "Model 18" from Torpedo is one of the most respected of typewriters. It is a handsome looking typewriter and a dream to type on. Here is an extraordinary example from 1961 in a fabulous, original two-tone colour combination. The colour finish is all original—it has not been over-painted. It is a solid work-horse and is in excellent condition cosmetically and in full, original working condition mechanically. It has been outfitted with a new Acme Signature Blue ribbon.  The typing action is wonderfully fast and solid. With the new platen, it is a true pleasure to type with. 

    Acme typewriters have been the choice of discerning collectors and writers more than 1,000 times since we began selling online in 2016. We safely ship your typewriter from our gallery in the Netherlands and delivery time to the US averages only 3 days—this is a quicker delivery time even than most domestic shipments within the US!  Acme typewriters are covered by a 1-year warranty, and come with lifetime customer-care. 

    With an ACME Typewriter, you know you are getting 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. Your typewriter comes with the "Acme" lead certification seal which permanently identifies it as a genuine Acme-restored typewriter and provides for a one-year warranty at no charge. In terms of an investment, the Acme Seal proves that this machine was restored in 2023 by the Acme Type Machine Company. This can add value in the event that you wish to sell this typewriter in the future.

    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. 

    Cosmetically, this typewriter is nearly new. All the chrome is in perfect condition. The body finish is almost entirely without a blemish. 

    Mechanically, this Model 18 is in perfect working condition. The platen roller on this typewriter is clean and smooth and takes the imprint well (see photo).  The feet are in excellent 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!) 

    The typeface is a lovely Pica with 10 characters to the inch (see photo). The keyboard is QWERTY with characters for European languages. It comes with a new ribbon and two, vintage, metal ribbon spools.

    A case, in excellent condition, can be ordered with this typewriter at a cost of 50$. 

    For some interesting perspectives on the Model 18 typewriter, please see:

    This Torpedo 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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