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197X Smith Corona Corsair Deluxe Serial # 6YC657518 197X Smith Corona Corsair Deluxe typewriter, Serial # 6YC657518 Gary Wann's 197X Smith Corona Corsair Deluxe typewriter. 2018-09-24 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Gary Wann: 197X Smith Corona Corsair Deluxe Serial # 6YC657518 This may be the wrong model, but it's very difficult to identify this West Bromwich UK built Cougar/Corsair clone badged 'Smith Corona XL'. Research using the Oztypewriter Blog (link below) mentions that the UK serial numbers don't correspond to those listed for the USA produced machines. However, I believe that this is a late 1960's or early 1970's machine.

Found once again in a local antique emporium, it was so clean that I just had to have it. The type slugs are the cleanest I've seen when collecting these vintage typewriters so I don't think it has had a great deal of use. This is the first typewriter that I haven't had the urge to rush to use the stiff brush and the vacuum cleaner.

The machine uses non-standard small diameter ribbon spools that are not easily obtainable, so replacement ribbons will have to be wound on to the existing spools.

A light and 'plasticky' typewriter obviously produced to make the price competitive with the mass produced Japanese machines that were flooding the market at the time. However, 'Wobbly' keys and generally light construction didn't stop this model and its clones from being popular and selling well.

Note the 'Error Control' stencil on the left side of the space bar - a very posh way of describing the half-space available by pressing and holding the space bar to type a character to squeeze in an extra letter after erasing a wrongly typed word.

197X Smith Corona Corsair Deluxe #6YC657518

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Gary Wann (Ruyton)
Created: 09-21-2018 at 07:06AM
Last Edit: 09-24-2018 at 07:03AM


Description:

This may be the wrong model, but it's very difficult to identify this West Bromwich UK built Cougar/Corsair clone badged 'Smith Corona XL'. Research using the Oztypewriter Blog (link below) mentions that the UK serial numbers don't correspond to those listed for the USA produced machines. However, I believe that this is a late 1960's or early 1970's machine.

Found once again in a local antique emporium, it was so clean that I just had to have it. The type slugs are the cleanest I've seen when collecting these vintage typewriters so I don't think it has had a great deal of use. This is the first typewriter that I haven't had the urge to rush to use the stiff brush and the vacuum cleaner.

The machine uses non-standard small diameter ribbon spools that are not easily obtainable, so replacement ribbons will have to be wound on to the existing spools.

A light and 'plasticky' typewriter obviously produced to make the price competitive with the mass produced Japanese machines that were flooding the market at the time. However, 'Wobbly' keys and generally light construction didn't stop this model and its clones from being popular and selling well.

Note the 'Error Control' stencil on the left side of the space bar - a very posh way of describing the half-space available by pressing and holding the space bar to type a character to squeeze in an extra letter after erasing a wrongly typed word.

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Those keys 'wobble' from side to side, hardly giving the feel of a solid machine.  My 1950's Olympia Splendid 33 feels like a Rolls Royce by comparison!
Those keys 'wobble' from side to side, hardly giving the feel of a solid machine. My 1950's Olympia Splendid 33 feels like a Rolls Royce by comparison!

This is the only model 'badge' on the machine, although it would appear to be of the Cougar/Corsair line.
This is the only model 'badge' on the machine, although it would appear to be of the Cougar/Corsair line.

Not much doubt where this was made, the SCM works in West Bromwich UK
Not much doubt where this was made, the SCM works in West Bromwich UK

Non-standard 1 5/8 inch diameter ribbon spools.  Difficult to obtain in the UK, but standard 1/2 inch width ribbons so make sure the spools are present.
Non-standard 1 5/8 inch diameter ribbon spools. Difficult to obtain in the UK, but standard 1/2 inch width ribbons so make sure the spools are present.

Temporary black ribbon fitted, red/black ribbon on order. Note the pre-set tabs at 10 character intervals, marked by the small red arrows.
Temporary black ribbon fitted, red/black ribbon on order. Note the pre-set tabs at 10 character intervals, marked by the small red arrows.

A nice idea, but not exactly easy to use.  Set the gauge to the size of paper and then load the paper and it shows how much of the sheet remains - OK .......
A nice idea, but not exactly easy to use. Set the gauge to the size of paper and then load the paper and it shows how much of the sheet remains - OK .......





Those type slugs are unbelievably clean, so either this is a very late machine, or it hasn't been used very much.
Those type slugs are unbelievably clean, so either this is a very late machine, or it hasn't been used very much.


Hunter: Gary Wann (Ruyton)

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