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1957 Optima Elite 3 Serial # 966996 1957 Optima Elite 3 typewriter, Serial # 966996 Thomas Wyse's 1957 Optima Elite 3 typewriter. 2024-01-28 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Thomas Wyse: 1957 Optima Elite 3 Serial # 966996 A gift from a local collector. Missing its cover, paper support and the platen rod screw that lets the left knob turn the platen. A 3, but no 3 on the back of the machine. I lightened the touch and it types fast. Not as crisp or precise as an SM-3, but a nice machine to use. The carriage return isn't smooth, and there's some roughness in the return I can diagnose. Hard platen but the feet keep the machine planted firmly. A really good machine for getting letters on the paper since it gets out of the way, but not a high end machine.

1957 Optima Elite 3 #966996

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Thomas Wyse (tcwyse)
Created: 01-28-2024 at 08:12AM
Last Edit: 01-28-2024 at 08:13AM


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A gift from a local collector. Missing its cover, paper support and the platen rod screw that lets the left knob turn the platen. A 3, but no 3 on the back of the machine. I lightened the touch and it types fast. Not as crisp or precise as an SM-3, but a nice machine to use. The carriage return isn't smooth, and there's some roughness in the return I can diagnose. Hard platen but the feet keep the machine planted firmly. A really good machine for getting letters on the paper since it gets out of the way, but not a high end machine.

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Hunter: Thomas Wyse (tcwyse)

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