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SORRY, SOLD! "Summer of Love" 1968 Olivetti Lettera 31 Typewriter
  • SORRY, SOLD! "Summer of Love" 1968 Olivetti Lettera 31 Typewriter


    This Olivetti Lettera 31 from 1968 reminds me of the "Summer of Love". The finish is a groovy red colour. This is the original colour, it has not been overpainted. The Lettera 31 is a great Olivetti from this period. It is the same model, with a different name, as the Olivetti Dora. It has a cool, modern styling although it is almost 60 years old. It comes with the case, also in perfect condition, and the original User Manual and ribbon spools.

    The Olivetti Lettera model line is one of a handful of "iconic" portable typewriter designs--and rightly so. It is a triumph of fine engineering and superb design. 

    This Olivetti is in superb, as -new condition. It was brought to our gallery by a neighbour who said that she had bought it for a job in 1968. The job never "panned out" and so she put it in a closet where it sat for the last 50+ years. I have seen a lot of typewriters whose owners say it was never used or hardly used—this is the real deal, not a marketing ploy.

    The chrome and brushed aluminium parts are in perfect condition. The rubber on the platen roller is clean, soft and smooth. The hardness of the platen roller is a very usable 88 on the durometer scale (ideal is considered between 85 and 95). 

    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.

    Mechanically, this Olivetti works perfectly and is ready to type for another 60 years. It comes with two original Olivetti ribbon spools. The typeface is a compact Pica with 10 characters to the inch. The keyboard is original QWERTY, common to English language writers, and this one has keys for writing in European languages, too.  It has a new ribbon so you can start typing immediately.

    Don't hesitate to contact me for more photos or any other explanation of anything.

    This fine example of an Olivetti Lettera 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. It will be fully insured during shipment.

    See my buyer reviews on Etsy and you will have confidence in your purchase!

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