While I had many problems with the previous Selectric III, this Selectric is the one I have been waiting for. Near perfect shape. Black. The personal size with 11” platen.
Where the previous typewriter started out with many problems, this example worked fine upon arrive except for some stickiness. After cleaning, it handles wonderfully. The only other quickly corrected issue was that the carriage hit on the right margin lever. Apparently the red indicator had somehow lowered to the point where the carriage could not pass over the margin lever. An adjustment of the indicator at the front of the carriage and all is well.
Though still heavy, this smaller model takes up less desk space then the larger Selectric's. Even has an Italic type ball. Wish I could determine when it was manufactured however. Would be nice to know.
A nice change after the nightmare of the Selectric III. More to come……….
IBM Selectric I: Produced by IBM between c. 1961 and 1971.
11” Platen: Selectric typewriters came in several widths to accommodate paper size. This size just fits an 8 ½ x 11” piece of paper sideways.