Olivetti Lettera 12 - 1979 - Vintage portable AZERTY typewriter

Olivetti Lettera 12 - 1979 - Vintage portable AZERTY typewriter



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Vintage from the 1970s




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

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