This is one of the last versions of the Tippa made by Gossen before it was taken over by Grundig. The Pilot can take red/black ribbons, unlike standard versions, with color or stencil selected by a sliding knob on the right side of the case. It also features a variable platen knob. The large knob on the left is for touch control. For travel, the carriage return level folds down and engages into a slot on the casing. The basic design continued in production as Adler and Triumph versions. Made in West Germany.
Status: Typewriter Hunter
I have collected typewriters since the early 1970s. My first collectible machine was a Mignon, but I also had everyday typers then, first a Voss ST-24 and an Olivetti Praxis 48, and then a Hermes 3000 and a Hermes 10. Over the last decade or so, I've turned my focus from early machines (Lambert, Blickensderfer, Hammond, Smith-Premier, etc.) to portables.
Besides typewriters, I also am avid about Studebakers, and have had a 1964 Studebaker GT Hawk since 1979.