Olivetti Lettera 12 - 1979 - Vintage portable AZERTY typewriter

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Olivetti Lettera 12 - 1979 - Vintage portable AZERTY typewriter

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$276.05

Rare find — there's only 1 of these in stock.

Overview

Material

plastic

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Vintage from the 1970s

Shipping & returns

Ready to ship in 1–3 business days
From Germany
No returns or exchanges
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

Description

Italian design at its best! Designed in 1978 by Olivetti designer Mario Belinni, the Lettera 10 (and later the Lettera 12) was the first typewriter to get rid of the ribbon spools, using a fabric tape 8 mm cartridge instead. Much easier to use, but with the inconvenient that the proprietary cartridge (Lettercart) needed to be bought separately. The main difference between the Lettera 10 and the 12 is the ‘repeat space’ key, and a tabulator – the red buttons that are seen on the Lettera 12.
This Storm Trooper lookalike has the Serial Number 0360383, dating it at early 80’s. It has a very distinct design, with a matte white finish, and details in black and chrome. Typeface pitch is 12 cpi, which is more difficult to find then the usual 10 cpi.

| Condition |
Technically, the machine is perfect. It is lightweight, with a nice Olivetti engineering inside. It was serviced and works without flaws. It was chemically cleaned inside out, mechanically tested and adjusted.

Cosmetically, the typewriter is in excellent shape. It has no rust on metallic parts, and plastics are without cracks or missing parts. Chromes are shinning, no dents or rust. The logo badge is perfect.

It has the original hard plastic case, which is also in very good condition, with regular scuffing on plastic but no cracks. Case lock and handle are functional and stable.


| Remarks |
This is an enhanced version of the design award-winning Lettera 10. It has a ‘repeat space’ key and a tabulator. It uses a proprietary cartridge that only types in black.

Please note that the typewriter has the original AZERTY keyboard - no resoldering! This is much rare than the QWERTY one. Please check the typeface specimen on the last photo.


| Information sheet |
Country: Made in Olivetti plant in Barcelona, Spain
Maker: Olivetti
Brand: Olivetti
Model: Lettera 12
Type: Portable
Serial Number: 0360383
Year of production: 1980
Keyboard: French AZERTY, no particularly special symbols.
Weight: 5 Kg (typewriter + case)
L x W x H: 36x 33 x 12 (approximate measurements in centimeters, rounded)
Typeface pitch: 12 cpi
Ribbon color selector: no, black cartridge only

Please read the FAQ section for more info about shipping, payment, etc.
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>>> texts and images © by TypeBar Vintage Typewriters <<<
Italian design at its best! Designed in 1978 by Olivetti designer Mario Belinni, the Lettera 10 (and later the Lettera 12) was the first typewriter to get rid of the ribbon spools, using a fabric tape 8 mm cartridge instead. Much easier to use, but with the inconvenient that the proprietary cartridge (Lettercart) needed to be bought separately. The main difference between the Lettera 10 and the 12 is the ‘repeat space’ key, and a tabulator – the red buttons that are seen on the Lettera 12.
This Storm Trooper lookalike has the Serial Number 0360383, dating it at early 80’s. It has a very distinct design, with a matte white finish, and details in black and chrome. Typeface pitch is 12 cpi, which is more difficult to find then the usual 10 cpi.

| Condition |
Technically, the machine is perfect. It is lightweight, with a nice Olivetti engineering inside. It was serviced and works without flaws. It was chemically cleaned inside out, mechanically tested and adjusted.

Cosmetically, the typewriter is in excellent shape. It has no rust on metallic parts, and plastics are without cracks or missing parts. Chromes are shinning, no dents or rust. The logo badge is perfect.

It has the original hard plastic case, which is also in very good condition, with regular scuffing on plastic but no cracks. Case lock and handle are functional and stable.


| Remarks |
This is an enhanced version of the design award-winning Lettera 10. It has a ‘repeat space’ key and a tabulator. It uses a proprietary cartridge that only types in black.

Please note that the typewriter has the original AZERTY keyboard - no resoldering! This is much rare than the QWERTY one. Please check the typeface specimen on the last photo.


| Information sheet |
Country: Made in Olivetti plant in Barcelona, Spain
Maker: Olivetti
Brand: Olivetti
Model: Lettera 12
Type: Portable
Serial Number: 0360383
Year of production: 1980
Keyboard: French AZERTY, no particularly special symbols.
Weight: 5 Kg (typewriter + case)
L x W x H: 36x 33 x 12 (approximate measurements in centimeters, rounded)
Typeface pitch: 12 cpi
Ribbon color selector: no, black cartridge only

Please read the FAQ section for more info about shipping, payment, etc.
www.etsy.com/pt/shop/TypeBarVintage?ref=profile_shopname#faq

Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/typebar/

Send me a message if you want more photos or videos.
I will be happy to help you!



>>> texts and images © by TypeBar Vintage Typewriters <<<

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FAQs

╩ A typewriter is a delicate and heavy machine, which is a terrible combination for carriers worldwide! Normally, the typewriter will travel miles and miles until reaching your hands. The shipping costs for a returned typewriter would not pay-off, and the risk of damaging it on the return is big. So, please ask me everything you want to know, before you place your order! This way you can be sure that you are receiving the typewriter you actually wanted!

I only use 100% insured shippments, so in the remote event of a damaged good, I will make everything possible to either get your typewriter the way you wanted, or refund you. Just talk to me and we will sort things out!
╩ Believe me, I know the feeling of waiting for a typewriter and, when it finally arrives, it is in a thousand pieces! Apart from all the trouble of filing a complaint, it is simply heart breaking. Did I mentioned that I love typewriters? I spend many hours of my time restoring it to the best condition I possible can, and do not want all my work wasted because of a lousy packing. Therefore, I do all the packing myself, the way I would like to receive it. Each typewriter is unique in terms of protection needs, and I make sure that each one is carefully packed with the appropriated materials, to prevent any damage during transportation.
╩ As soon as the payment is confirmed, I will start processing your order. It can take something around 2 or 3 days, until I get the typewriter properly packed and sent to you.
If you requested some customization, it will take a bit more time to get it ready, which will be previously agreed with you.
Once the typer is dispatched, you will receive a tracking code and can monitor the estimated time until it arrives to your door.
╩ I use the German carrier DHL for dispatching my typewriters worldwide. They are reliable and normally accurate in terms of estimation times. You can learn more about the delivery process here: https://www.dhl.de/en.html

Please note that the estimated delivery time is an ESTIMATE, provided by the carrier. Customs, union strikes, local weather conditions, plays a big role in delays.

Unsuccessful deliveries are usually due to incorrect destination addresses. Therefore, to avoid problems with the delivery, please double check the delivery address you provided for any misspelling or incorrectness. An unsuccessful delivery due to insufficient or incorrect address is of the responsibility of the buyer.
╩ I always make a 100% insured shipment, so we can both be on the safe side on the unlikely event of a lost or damaged shipping.
If your package is taking longer than expected to arrive, please let me know as soon as possible, so I can check here from “my side”.

If your package arrives damaged, please inform immediately the courier when receiving the package, and take pictures of the damaged package and typewriter. This will be needed to claim the insurance and get a faster response from the carrier.
╩ Our typewriters, while maintained and serviced, are in fact used vintage or antique machines. As with all vintage or antique objects, unexpected malfunctions can occur during their use. While we try our hardest to provide good service, I can make no expressed or implied guarantee as to performance, durability or availability of parts.
As a collector, if you are able to bring the typewriter to my shop, I can take a look at it and see what happened. But there is no warranty implied.