Tinkering with and collecting typewriters has been a hobby for some 40 years, and I have enjoyed refurbishing several variants from this generation of Remingtons based on the famous Torpedo 18. Built first in Germany and later in Holland, these Remingtons are an impressive family of typewriters, producing clean copy and featuring a quick and pleasant keyboard touch.
It's been my experience that this typewriter compares well -- in terms of build quality and user experience -- with two of my favorite portable typewriter lines, the Olympias and Adlers. This particular Remington Ten Forty dates to between 1970 and 1974. Every key and control on this typewriter now works as intended. Here's a short video of the machine at work. Remington Ten Forty portable typewriter demo.The Ten Forty is a quality machine with a form factor that places it in an interesting, in-between niche: It's more substantial than your traditional ultra-portables designed for ease of transport -- think, traveling journalists back then, or jaunts to the local cafe today. It's a bit smaller and lighter than your full-sized home portable machines, the ones expected to take up residence on a desk or table and pretty much stay there. The Ten Forty weighs just 11 pounds 5 ounces unpacked from its case, but it's a full-featured machine: basket-shifted, with keyset tab features and a complete keyboard including the numeral 1 and the exclamation point. This typewriter also includes a touch control under the hood -- it's the red knob visible in the photo of the typewriter with its cover removed. Please study the photos above for a sense of this typewriter's cosmetic condition.
This is truly an international machine. Remington, of course, is a legendary American typewriter maker with a history dating to the 1860s. The mechanical heart of this typewriter was built at Remington's factory in the Netherlands, the Cycolac bodywork was made in Milan, Italy -- and the carrying case (in great condition and with its original locking key) is from Germany.Robert Messenger, that guru of the typewriter universe, has a wonderful article about these Remingtons in his blog. He goes deep into the details and distinctions between the high-end, quality Remingtons of this period and the cheaper, flimsier machines the company was also offering for sale. The difference turns out to be not so much the design, as the metallurgy and precision of the build: the best of the Remingtons, like this one, are just built out of sturdier materials. Messenger writes, is a top-class, solid little typer. This typewriter will come to you with an original user manual, with a fresh bicolor ink ribbon installed, and I'll include a rubber typing pad that helps quieten everything and keep the machine planted on your desk. I invite you to study the images of the specimen page, because this is what you most need to see if you plan to use this typewriter. The type here is the size called pica -- at 10 characters to the inch, it's the larger of the two most common type sizes. Line spacing can be set at 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5 or 3 lines. The finer ratchet on the carriage makes this number of choices possible; it's a nice feature that gives you more control of the printed page. The item "Remington Ten Forty Portable Typewriter withcase, ribbon, manual Works perfectly" is in sale since Sunday, April 25, 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.