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Rare 1968 Consul Model 231.2 Typewriter – New Ribbon, Case – Made in Czechoslovakia
London Typewriters are delighted to present for sale a rare Consul 231.2 typewriter, which is one of our favourites.
A little bit of history. The first Consul typewriter manufactured in Czechoslovakia, was registered in 1953 and the standard Consul typewriter was initially manufactured in small quantities, being used domestically and exported abroad. After 1958 a small, flat, sleek design Consul was introduced and gradually its manufacturing increased again for domestic use and for export to North America, where it was known as the President typewriter, and to other Western European countries. Nevertheless, the Consul typewriter did not make a major breakthrough in the USA and Germany as these markets were supplied with their own homemade machines. Plus the USA had restrictions on exports from Communist nations.
The typewriter offered for sale, was manufactured in 1968, according to the Typewriter Database. The Czechoslovakian made machine works well, taking into account it is more than fifty years old. The keys are comfortable and light when typing and this makes it easy for the typist to make an immediate connection with the machine. All the mechanisms preserve their functions and are still working very smoothly.
This retro looking Consul is supplied with a black ribbon so the typewriter is ready for instant use. It comes with the original case and a comfortable handle.
The overall condition is good and the typewriter works as expected. Minor signs of age and use are present. Please note that the case has been reconditioned.
This particular Consul would be ideal for beginners, as it is simple to operate and light key pressure is adequate when typing. Also, it would be a good companion for any traveller due to its light weight and miniature size. This typewriter would suit any typist with or without previous experience of using a typewriter.