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SORRY, SOLD! 1964 Facit Privat Typewriter
  • SORRY, SOLD! 1964 Facit Privat Typewriter


    With a typing feel that is as smooth and soft as they come, this is an uncommon and highly-sought-after typewriter: a 1964 Facit Privat, in lovely light body colour with deep-charcoal keys. It has been fully serviced, and is ready to type. It has a new two-colour ribbon and comes with a beautiful carrying case in wonderful condition.

    The Facit typewriter has been called the "Prince of the Typewriters" by the great and respected Robert Messenger. He says that it is "attractive to the eye, has a nice light typing touch, yet is still very workmanlike". I cannot improve on his description. This typewriter has a "basket-shift" making it very easy on the fingers while typing. There is an innovative system for allowing the carriage to roll back and forth and this mechanism gives the Facit the lightest touch in mid-century typewriters.

    PRO TIP! When you see a Facit for sale at a bargain-basement price, beware! The Facits' escapement system and some other parts (notable the ribbon spindles) were lubricated with a lubricant that later turned out to be a disaster. It turns to glue which, one can imagine, is not ideal. It has to be carefully removed and replaced with suitable lubricant. So check with the dealer before you buy a Facit.

    This one has the normal QWERTY keyboard, NOT the Scandinavian QWERTY which has a hard-to-get-used-to period (full-stop) and comma placement. Facit typewriters were made in Sweden by the same company that made the superb Halda typewriters. The Facits have many of the same mechanical and typing qualities as the highly-regarded Haldas. 

    About Acme (more about the typewriter below):
    Acme typewriters have been the choice of discerning collectors and writers more than 1,000 times since we began selling internationally 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 guaranteed to arrive safely at your door, 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.

    (back to the typewriter...)
    The body finish is in really superb condition, the chrome is perfect and everything about the typewriter speaks of very little use and excellent care when it was used. The Platen Roller is clean and smooth and takes the imprint well (see sample). It has a softness measured at ~91 (Ideal being considered between 84 and 94). The Paper Feeder Rollers are new-like and soft. The beautiful large base plate is soft and grips the desktop well. (This can often be a weak point on Facits and Haldas.)

    The typeface is a lovely Pica with 10 characters to the inch (see photo). The keyboard comes with extra keys for European languages. It comes, of course, with a new ribbon so you can start typing immediately.

    For a discussion of Facit typewriters, please see:

    It comes with the original case which, too, is in super condition except for a gouge on the front cover. Bu, please note!, the case did what it was supposed to do and protected the beautiful machine within. The interior is a beautiful red colour with a few minor signs of age. Inside the case is a flap on the top to hold paper etc., which is in excellent condition with a working snap closure.

    This fine example of a Facit 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 and you will have confidence in your purchase.

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