Rare 1950’s Optima Elite 3 – New Ribbon, Case – Made In East Germany – Light Blue


Working Optima vintage, manual portable typewriter in London, UK. After some research on the serial code, I concluded that it was produced in the late 1950’s . Regardless of such old age, the typing machine works very well!  The comfortable keys are responsive and it provides customisable functions for comfortable typing. The backspace, carriage return lever, the bell, the shift keys, carriage lock, margin setters, ribbon selector (for the colour change), the carriage release lever, the paper guide and the paper release lever all work as intended. This intriguing typewriter is fitted with a new ribbon so you can type as soon as you get it and without any hassle. Also comes with the original case which has a comfortable handle.

The overall condition is excellent. All of the keys work well and none stick. There are minor signs of use and wear on the typewriter, though they are just cosmetic and minimal.

It is a unique typing machine because it was produced in East Germany (GDR) and the Optima is in a lighter blue colour. Not many East German typewriters were exported to West, especially in a such rare colour – light blue/turquoise.

The retro typewriter would be ideal for writers and authors, especially in the creative field. It will also be a unique gift. Due to the style and the aesthetics of the typewriter, it can be used for display purposes like home decor and events such as exhibitions and weddings. It appeals to all generations.

The vintage typewriter is located in London, UK.

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