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1961 Torpedo 18s Serial # 1310313 1961 Torpedo 18s typewriter, Serial # 1310313 Tas Kyprianou's 1961 Torpedo 18s typewriter. 2023-01-20 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Tas Kyprianou: 1961 Torpedo 18s Serial # 1310313 Easily the least "previously used" typewriter I've ever bought. Almost mint in its condition. Very lucky.

Bought to replace my 1961 Bluebird 18b that's soon on its way to a friend. The sale was going to leave a hole that just had to be filled.

This is just as beautiful to type on as the 18b and I think it looks nicer too. Sadly plastic has entered the manufacturing arena and the ribbon cover and a few other little bits and bobs are now plastic instead of metal. Makes ZERO difference to the feel and sound of the machine. It's every bit as gorgeous to use.

I will live in constant fear that the teensy tiny little plastic locating lug on the ribbon cover will snap off. Until that day comes, I will enjoy every second of this gem and can highly recommend them. My photos don't do it justice. It has a real presence.

*I've never seen Blue Bird AND Torpedo logos used on the same machine before.

1961 Torpedo 18s #1310313

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Tas Kyprianou (Tas)
Created: 10-01-2022 at 11:52AM
Last Edit: 01-20-2023 at 10:48AM


Description:

Easily the least "previously used" typewriter I've ever bought. Almost mint in its condition. Very lucky.

Bought to replace my 1961 Bluebird 18b that's soon on its way to a friend. The sale was going to leave a hole that just had to be filled.

This is just as beautiful to type on as the 18b and I think it looks nicer too. Sadly plastic has entered the manufacturing arena and the ribbon cover and a few other little bits and bobs are now plastic instead of metal. Makes ZERO difference to the feel and sound of the machine. It's every bit as gorgeous to use.

I will live in constant fear that the teensy tiny little plastic locating lug on the ribbon cover will snap off. Until that day comes, I will enjoy every second of this gem and can highly recommend them. My photos don't do it justice. It has a real presence.

*I've never seen Blue Bird AND Torpedo logos used on the same machine before.

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Remington style keys are super comfy.
Remington style keys are super comfy.







No sign of Tipex. Platen looks untouched.
No sign of Tipex. Platen looks untouched.

Clean & unmarked Elite Druck 7
Clean & unmarked Elite Druck 7


SO clean
SO clean



Squeee - 1961 feet look SO good
Squeee - 1961 feet look SO good

Plastic margin locks.
Plastic margin locks.

I can almost hear the clock ticking down on the life of this ribbon cover locator pin : (
I can almost hear the clock ticking down on the life of this ribbon cover locator pin : (




Lovely little indent in the hard case keeps the typewriter in place
Lovely little indent in the hard case keeps the typewriter in place



Hunter: Tas Kyprianou (Tas)

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UK member with Greek Cypriot heritage, living in London.
Relatively new to the hobby - My first machine was an Everest Mod 90 that I bought after watching a Violet Evergarden anime in December 2021.
My collection now consists of 41 machines.

My absolute favourite remains (just) my 1939 Royal KMM. For me, it's both the prettiest and the "warmest" to type on. It has "Majik" (with a nod to Sandy1)
I count my blessings that I am lucky enough to have amassed such a beautiful bunch.



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