It has been stored away in its original case in my family home for many years (at least 45) so I was delighted to discover that after all that time it still appeared to work... And it was time for some "refurbishment" from a typewriter non -expert! Here's what I've done. The drawband was detached and the main spring was unwound. The drawband looked a little frayed in the middle, so I wasn't keen on refitting it.
With help and advice from a YouTube video, I rewound the main spring and replaced the old drawband using strong fishing line, as recommended. The 4 original rubber case grommets had perished away, so the outer casing rattled on the main chassis. I added some spacers to take up the slack. This seems to work okay and they're hidden under the case/carriage most of the time anyway.
The existing type was a bit faint, so I fitted a brand new 2-colour ribbon. I tried out all the keys; a few were a little stiff so I applied (very sparingly) a little oil in what seemed the right place and voila!
They seem to work just fine again. The original instruction manual was missing, so I downloaded a copy and printed it out.
I gave the casing a gentle clean, but nothing too vigorous because I didn't want to spoil anything. It will probably come even cleaner with more effort.
I noticed a couple of other things. The rear casing (and adjacent baseplate) is very slightly out of shape, but it doesn't seem to affect the operation of the typewriter.I'm guessing it has had a knock or two in its lifetime. The left hand line spacing knob has a small piece of the rim broken off. Again, this doesn't affect its operation. Things seem to be moving quite smoothly now (particularly considering the age of this machine) and you can see an example of the type it produces in the photos. It seems to do all the things it is supposed to do, including typing, setting and removing tabs, advancing the paper correctly, setting margins... Pretty much all the things it mentions in thr manual, as far as I can understand. But PLEASE NOTE I'm neither a typewriter expert nor a typist! I think as a vintage typewriter, it would almost certainly benefit from a proper service by a typewriter technician. Original case, which appears in good vintage condition except for a.
Sewing repair to the zip on the left side, which seems to be holding okay. This lovely smart typewriter and case have been stored clean and dry, in a smoke-free and pet-free home - no stinky stuff here. Hopefully a discerning typewriter collector or vintage enthusiast will give it a new home.
Or hey - you could just enjoy typing stuff on it... Please note: this item will be posted to the UK ONLY. The item "Vintage Olivetti Lettera 22 Typewriter & Case Made In Italy Working, New Ribbon" is in sale since Tuesday, March 16, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectables\Pens & Writing Equipment\Typewriters". The seller is "djhendra" and is located in Morecambe, Lancashire.
This item can be shipped to United Kingdom.