Here's an excellent example of a classic portable typewriter from Smith-Corona, the 1973 Sterling. It has a fresh ink ribbon and comes with its original Trimline carrying case and 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. In the course of 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 had a Sterling in its lineup from 1934 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. I've provided pictures from every angle to illustrate the typewriter's condition. It came to me with a scratched ribbon cover, which I have refinished with four coats of satin paint. The mechanism is corrosion-free, and the platen (paper roller) is in excellent condition.
The metal baseplate was removed for one image to display the inner works. 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 elite: at 12 characters to the inch, it's the smaller 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 Friday, March 5, 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.