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Cork Platen! 1957 Triumph Perfekt Typewriter
  • Cork Platen! 1957 Triumph Perfekt Typewriter


    What makes this typewriter extra special is the rare cork platen. Cork was used as an alternative to rubber from time to time. It makes an excellent medium for the platen and is quite durable. This typewriter comes with its original metal case, and original User Manual and factory typing test.
    At Acme we call this version of the Triumph Perfekt typewriter the "Safari model" Triumph. This has to do with the fact that with its "khaki & cream" colouring and beautiful lines we can envision a very stylish person typing on it while it rests on a folding camp table on safari somewhere. The external design is beautiful and evocative of the late 50s or early 60s. The internal mechanics are as good as they come. Those who know Triumphs know what I am talking about. And what a feel! The typing is tight and fast and there is no carriage in the entire typewriter kingdom that moves as smoothly or lightly.

    This is a near perfect example of the Perfekt typewriter. This model comes with a tabulator system and was considered a "high end" typewriter when it was introduced. This one is in exceptionally fine cosmetic condition and it is working perfectly. The typeface is a very handsome "Congress Pica" and the keyboard is QWERTY. This typewriter has been fully serviced, completely cleaned, aligned, adjusted and lubricated for years of good service. It has been outfitted with a new bi-colour ribbon so you can start typing immediately. 


    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 store in the Netherlands and delivery time to the US averages only 3 days—this is a quicker delivery time even than most shipments from-and-to a US address! In the last 7 years, our typewriters arrived damage-free 99.4% of the time. So please don’t be concerned about buying from us just because we seem far away. 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 platen roller is in lovely condition, smooth and clean. The paper feed rollers, which are a composition material of rubber and cork, or simply cork, are in fine condition and grip the paper well. The rubber feet are still in fine condition and soft, holding the typewriter well to the desktop. The chrome is shiny and unblemished. The painted finish is in excellent condition however with some small signs of wear.

    The original hard metal case is a composite material that was an unfortunate decision on the part of Triumph. It is wonderfully solid and strong but the metal is prone to losing the paint. This case is in fine condition with the external Triumph badge intact but the bottom of the base plate has lost most of its paint. I have chosen not to repaint it because the problem will always persist. The chrome and the handle are in very fine condition.  

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    Short History of the Triumph Typewriters: Two Germans, Siegfried Bettmann and M. Schulte, founded the“ Triumph Cycle Company Ltd” in England around 1890. In 1896 they decided to establish a subsidiary “Triumph-Fahrrad-Werke AG” back in Nürnberg.  In Germany, the company began to focus on the manufacture of typewriters instead of bicycles and motorcycles. During World War II production of typewriters ceased as arms production was started. In 1953 Triumph was taken over by Grundig, merged with Adlerwerke and renamed Triumph-Adler and in 1957 the popular Gabriele portable typewriter and an electric typewriter were introduced. In 1979 the company was acquired by Volkswagen and in 1986 by the Italian typewriter company, Olivetti. Typewriter production was closed down in 1997. (some information from:

    This exceptional example of a Triumph Perfekt will be packed and shipped with the greatest care to preserve its condition and beauty.
    Check our reviews on Etsy to see how our friends react to the care we take in our packing. It will be fully insured during shipment.
    If you have any questions or wish to see more photos, please don't hesitate to contact us.

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