In the metallic paint finish Smith-Corona called Atomic Blue, here's an excellent example of a classic portable typewriter, the Sterling, from the first year of this model. It comes with a sturdy carrying case and has been fitted with a fresh ink ribbon. This typewriter and its case are clean and ready for use. Everything works: every key, every linkage, every control. Here's a short clip of the machine in action.
During 40 years of collecting and repairing typewriters as a hobby, I've worked with more Smith-Coronas than any other brand. "Sterling" was a name Smith-Corona applied to perhaps more of its typewriters than any other -- beginning in 1934 and continuously until the company stopped manufacturing manual machines nearly five decades later. There was the Sterling 1A, the 2A, 3A, 4A and then the famous 5A which had its legendary run through the 1950s. Next came a short-lived but excellent transitional model, the Sterling 5AX series, followed by a machine with sharply redesigned bodywork, the Super Sterling.The model you see here, successor to the Super Sterling, was the second iteration of that new design, made from 1972 to 1975. Thanks to its sturdy reliability, many examples endure. This machine would be an excellent choice for someone who wants a typewriter for writing use and not merely for display. It's a full-sized, full-featured home portable. I've provided pictures from every angle to illustrate the condition of this typewriter.
The paint is in fine, lustrous condition -- with a scratch at the top left-hand edge of the ribbon cover, and a few scuffs on the typewriter's back panel from being transferred in and out of its carrying case. The machine has a full metal baseplate, which I removed for one image so you can see the condition of the inner works.When I offer a typewriter for sale, I make a point of including clear images of a typed specimen page. This is what you should want to see if you're serious about using a typewriter.
Taken together, this print specimen and the demonstration video clip are the closest thing I can offer to a test-drive, and the printed page is the more important of the two. The type pitch here is pica: at 10 characters to the inch, it's the larger of the two most common sizes. The impression this machine places on the page is clear and sharp and even, as good as any I've seen from a Smith-Corona of this vintage. The typing touch is exactly what you should hope for from a properly-set-up Smith-Corona: crisp, light and quick. A patented feature of these Smith-Coronas was what their marketing people touted as the "piano key" action.
Each linkage includes a parallelogram which keeps the key level through its stroke rather than describing an arc as you type. It should be good for hundreds of pages. The item "Smith Corona 1972 Sterling typewriter, withcase & new ribbon Working beautifully" is in sale since Sunday, December 27, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Pens & Writing Instruments\Typewriters".
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