Here's a lovely example of a classic portable typewriter from Smith-Corona, the 1973 Sterling. It has a fresh bicolor ink ribbon and comes with its original user manual, its Trimline carrying case and the locking key. This typewriter and its case are clean and ready for use. Everything works correctly: every key, every linkage, every control -- right down to the bright end-of-line bell. Here's a short clip of the machine in action.
1973 Smith-Corona Sterling typewriter demo. Over some 40 years collecting and repairing typewriters as a hobby, I've worked with hundreds of Smith-Coronas. "Sterling" was a name the company applied to perhaps more of its typewriters than any other -- SCM introduced its first Sterling in 1934 and had one in its lineup until the company stopped making manual machines nearly five decades later.
The first was the Sterling 1A; then came the 2A, 3A, 4A and the famous 5A which had its legendary run through the 1950s. In 1963 came a short-lived model that's one of my favorites, the Sterling 5AX, followed by a dramatic redesign released in 1966, a machine with the 6SS prefix called the Super Sterling. Smith-Corona seems to have applied the "Super" prefix to denote a major model change, not a minor evolution of their portable typewriter.
This machine is a sturdy workhorse among portable typewriters. Loaded into its case it weighs a bit more than 18 pounds.If you want something to take down to the local park or coffeeshop there are better typewriters for you, but if you want a reliable machine for everything from quick thank-you notes to full manuscripts, this Sterling will serve you well. I've provided pictures from every angle to illustrate this typewriter's condition. The chrome is beautiful, the paint pristine (Smith-Corona called this color "atomic blue"). Inside, the mechanism is entirely corrosion-free, and the platen (paper roller) is in excellent condition.
The metal baseplate was removed for one image to display the inner works. Aside from cleaning and checking every function, the only repair work I've done to this typewriter, if you can even call it repair, has been to reinforce both carriage release levers with epoxy. My sense of this particular typewriter is that its previous owners must have valued the machine and cared for it very responsibly. I make a point of including clear images of a typed specimen page -- it's what you need to see if you're serious about using a typewriter. Taken together, this print sample and the demonstration video clip are the closest I can offer to a test-drive.
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 beautifully aligned. The typing touch is exactly what you should expect from a properly-set-up Smith-Corona: light and quick. Smith-Coronas feature what their marketing people touted as the "piano key" action.Each linkage includes a parallelogram which keeps the key level through its stroke. You won't need to replace this machine's ribbon anytime soon, however: It should be good for hundreds of pages. Please do reach out if you have any questions about the condition, use or care of this machine. The item "Smith Corona 1973 Sterling typewriter withfresh ribbon & case working perfectly" is in sale since Sunday, May 30, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Pens & Writing Instruments\Typewriters".
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