1973 Lectra 860ST #38205444
Status: My Collection
Hunter: Kewin Sanfridsson (JoxSoup)
Created: 11-29-2023 at 04:33PM
Last Edit: 11-29-2023 at 04:37PM
Here we got a intresting typewriter in my eyes. A Lectra 860ST or at least the badge on the ribbon hood does. But it on the sticker on the back side it says Sense (a Swedish office supply brand which I have mentioned in other galleries.) So is it a Lectra? a Sense? Or is it a Nakajima which both the Lectra and Sense seams to be.
During my research of this particular machine I have come across another one (a Sense 860ST) on a Swedish action site which have a different housing on it but the placement of levers and keyboard looks identical to mine, the sticker on it mentions Nakajima All CO. LTD. This makes me a 100% sure it is a rebranded Nakajima but which one though? Now when I know it is a Nakajima I started looking through all of the Nakajima branches on TWDB I have found a few typewriter contenders/look a likes.
The Olympia X-L12, have the same over all look to it except a few minor differences like there are written words on the keys instead of symbols, a different ribbon hood and not quite the same case.
The Swintec 3300 C, does also have some differences, words instead of symbols on the keys, different ribbon hood, a correction key.
The Privileg 591 C, doesn't exactly match it either in appearance, the housing, the ribbon hood, a correction key but it do have the symbols on the keys instead of words.
Hope this helps at least someone while trying to figure out something about their typewriter!
Anyways... Now that I am even more sure of that it is a Nakajima I looked at the lookup table and if I am not mistaking I think it is from August 1973. And it doesn't seam to be all that crazy of a guess from comparing it with my two Facit 1840's (from 1974 and 1975 respectively), there is a spinning motor all the time which can be heard from the second you turn it on and that's also how my two 1840's are operating. And Nakajima apparently started making electric typewriters in 1971.
This specific typewriter do look very nice, I like the design of it and it is just something about these early 70s electric typewriters which I really enjoy cannot quite put my finger on it or can I? (It might be the keys, sorry for the pun.)
The condition is also quite nice! I just had to adjust the uppercase height so the only thing to complain about now would be a few marks on the lower back edge.
Cheers Everybody! Happy Typing.
Hunter: Kewin Sanfridsson (JoxSoup)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
Hi my name is Kewin and I'm a 23 years old from Sweden. I have a few hobbies like drawing and playing guitar but I do also like myself some project here and there which is where my interest in typewriters fits in. I have always collected things through my life but I did not expect typewriters to be my next big passion in collecting. I started collecting typewriters in the beginning of 2022 and so far I have 42 of them (3 of which is currently disassembled) . I find it really enjoyable to pickup a typewriter at a thrift store/second hand and starting to clean it up and get it to a working condition to the best of my ability and knowledge. (Excuse all the dog hairs in my pictures, I do actually try to remove the hair before taking the pictures. xD) Cheers!
RESEARCH NOTE: When researching the Lectra 860ST on a computer with lots of screen real estate, you may find that launching the Lectra Serial Number page and the Lectra 860ST By Model/Year/Serial page in new browser windows can give you interesting perspectives on changes throughout the model series.