Here's an excellent working example of a classic Smith-Corona portable typewriter, the Sterling, from 1973. It comes with a solid 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 this machine in action. Over the course of 40 years 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 typewriters for longer than any other -- from 1934 until the company stopped manufacturing manual machines nearly five decades later. This particular model (successor to the Super Sterling) was made from 1972 to 1975, and many examples endure thanks to its sturdy and reliable design. 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 color is a metallic brown, and the paint is in fine, lustrous condition -- with the faint scratches on the left-hand side of the ribbon cover that typically occur when a previous user has tried to slide the cover open before first moving the carriage (and its overhanging return lever) out of the way. I make a point of including clear images of the typed specimen page. Believe me, this is essential to see if you're serious about using a typewriter. Taken together, the print specimen and the demonstration video clip are the closest thing I can offer to a test-drive, and the print specimen is the more important of the two. The type pitch here is pica: 10 characters to the inch, the larger of the two most common sizes. The impression this machine places on the page is clear and sharp and even, really 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, altogether delightful. A patented feature of these Smith-Coronas was what their marketing people called its "piano key" action. Each linkage has the structure of a parallelogram and keeps the key level through its stroke rather than pivoting through an arc as you type. It should be good for hundreds of pages.
The item "Smith Corona 1973 Sterling typewriter, withcase & new ribbon Working beautifully" is in sale since Thursday, December 17, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Pens & Writing Instruments\Typewriters".
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