Here's a near-mint example -- and I don't use that description lightly -- of a classic 5-Series Smith-Corona portable: a 1958 Sterling, properly set up and ready for use right out of its original Holiday carrying case. I've cleaned, adjusted and lubricated this machine and have loaded a fresh ink ribbon on a pair of vintage, period-correct steel spools.
Every feature of this typewriter now functions as it was intended to in the year of its manufacture -- I've checked and rechecked every key, every linkage, every control. Here's a short clip of the Sterling at work. 1958 Smith-Corona Sterling portable typewriter demo.Sixty-three years old and working like new -- that's not particularly unusual for a Smith-Corona portable from the 1950s. These are famously durable machines. What is unusual is to find one in such fine cosmetic condition. Do your research, and you'll find that Smith-Corona portables from the 1950s get near-unanimous praise and respect from collectors and users of vintage typewriters.
Writers who used this series of machines include Arthur Miller, T. Cummings (and there's no truth to the rumor that the shift mechanism on his typewriter was broken). The Smith-Corona typing touch is beloved among typists -- it's quick and light, with a parallelogram design in the linkages which keeps each key flat through its stroke. The SCM marketing people called this feature comfort touch. The Sterling (prefix 5A) was the middle machine in the line and included a system for setting tabs that will remind you where the word comes from -- for tabs is what they are, actual pieces of metal that fit into a slotted bar behind the platen.
The type size you see here is pica, 10 characters to the inch -- the larger of the two most common typewriter print sizes. I hope you'll save the vintage steel spools and wind your new ribbon onto them when the day comes -- it's the work of a couple of minutes, and they share a fundamental quality with the typewriter that contains them: nobody makes these anymore. For a sense of the cosmetics, I encourage you to enlarge the photos.This machine is so clean, so free of any corrosion, that it's almost uncanny. 1958 was one of the last years this model was manufactured with the classic green keys. The Holiday case (Smith-Corona's premium carrying case) has been scrubbed clean and is also in excellent condition. Most important here, in my view, is the impression this typewriter places on the page. This typewriter displays beautifully -- you can be proud of it on the bookshelf -- but if you seek a machine for serious use, the quality of the specimen page should weigh heavily in your shopping decision. Please be in touch if you have any questions about the condition, use or care of this machine. The item "1958 Smith Corona Sterling typewriter withcase, new ribbon. Working perfectly" is in sale since Monday, May 24, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Pens & Writing Instruments\Typewriters". The seller is "spanghew" and is located in Edgartown, Massachusetts. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Montserrat, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Uruguay, Russian federation.