1968 SCM COUGAR, Ultra-Portable, Working Manual Typewriter

$319.00

THE WONDERFULLY COMPACT SMITH CORONA COUGAR is a terrific travel accessory and muse for the creative soul. Made for weekends, digital detoxing, journaling, letter writing, type-ins, glamping, and daytripping, the Cougar's durable plastic housing and steely mechanics ensure this little gem performs light to medium-duty tasks easily and with quirky* style.

Weighing in at a mere 8 pounds (and 9.2 pounds with the snap-on lid), Smith Corona's ultra-portable Cougar ticks a lot of boxes for the typewriter enthusiast: Lightweight, Compact, COLORFUL, and mechanically sound in the tradition of all great Smith Coronas.

This particular machine features ELITE typeface yielding 12 characters per inch. *Notably, the COUGAR's alignment is endearingly imperfect, making it very attractive for mixed media projects, oddball notes to your BFF, or theatrical postcards. You can view this *personality trait* in the type sample pic.

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DID YOU KNOW?

Manufactured in England, the COUGAR is in fact an updated CORSAIR DELUXE and was made to compete with Olivetti's Lettera 32 but priced to be competitive with Brother, Webster, Royalite, Consul, and other budget-minded ultra-portables of the 1960s & 70s.
The COUGAR's industrial design, like the CORSAIR is basically a modern version of Smith Corona's popular SKYRITER with some cool added features like Dual Color Ribbon capability, a Tabulator and Touch Selector.
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RECOMMENDED FOR: The Casual Typist, Mixed Media Artist, Zine-maker, Retro Collectors, and Newbies to the Typosphere

THIS IS NOT the best machine for: Serious Writers, Perfectionists, Plastic haters or the Digitally insane

ABOUT:

COSMETICS - The SCM COUGAR is in VERY GOOD used condition. The color is original and has had all minor scratches buffed out and stains removed. All name badges and decals are intact. Minor cosmetic imperfections include: The front left piece near the space bar has a minor hairline scratch that has been sealed to prevent cracking; the back piece has some wear to the paint where a sticker was removed. The snap-on clamshell lid has one hairline crack that has been sealed to prevent breaking, it is otherwise in near perfect condition, and completely functional with working closure and hinge points. (Please ask to see close-up pics of these details should they be of concern.)
The plastic housing, base and lid have been treated with a polish especially for plastic to prevent further scratching. The primary plastic housing of the typewriter has been polished to a glossy shine and treated to withstand discoloration from sunlight.

MECHANICALLY - The COUGAR is in VERY GOOD used condition. All features are in full working order and the platen has been treated to renew its grip. The margin bell has been repaired and gives a chirpy ping when reached, the typebars and interior mechanics were cleaned and tuned. All functions were tested and work as designed. The alignment, as previously noted (and common among these models - Cougar, Corsair and Super-G), is imperfect but only a detractor to the perfectionist; most typewriter collectors find it endearing, and artists adore the peccadillo.

The SCM COUGAR comes with its original clamshell travel lid and a NEW Black and Red-inked Nylon Ribbon has been installed on specially sized small spools required for operation of this machine. A laminated User's Guide for a similar model is included.

Make: Smith Corona
Model: COUGAR
Serial #: 6Y809218
Year: 1968
Made In: West Bromwich, England
Keyboard: QWERTY
Typeface: ELITE 12 cpi
Color: Green

FEATURES:
- Tabulator
- Touch Selector
- Line Spacing 1-2 settings
- Retractable Page Support
- Margin Release
- Dual Color ribbon capability

INCLUDED:
- Original Clamshell Travel Case
- NEW Black/Red Nylon Ribbon on 1 5/8" spools
- Laminated Copy of User's Manual

This machine has received a thorough cleaning and servicing by the seller, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact before your purchase. While I do not offer returns, I do guarantee my buyer's satisfaction. I only sell machines in working condition that have been cleaned and serviced in the TEIPIADUR workshop.

NOTE: You may request additional pics should you wish to review the typewriter as it was dismantled during service - workshop pics serve to reassure the buyer their machine was given a proper going over, stem to stern, before purchase.

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IMPORTANT:

USPS Priority shipping is included for U.S. deliveries inside the 50 states; should you need to upgrade to expedited shipping, these options are available at an additional cost to the buyer during checkout, as are international shipping options.

Please expect normal delays for delivery outside the U.S.A. due to Covid 19 and customs. Within the 50 states, should delays occur, please show consideration for our valued USPS workers during this pandemic.

SHIPPING 411 :
Shipping within the continental U.S.A is free.
Hawaii and Alaska, please contact before purchase as there may be additional costs associated with delivery.
INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING is available to some countries; please add to cart to see if your location qualifies - shipping cost is not included for international sales and will be the buyer's responsibility to purchase.

- A PHYSICAL ADDRESS, FIRST & LAST NAME, & TELEPHONE NUMBER MUST BE PROVIDED FOR INTERNATIONAL DELIVERY

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Thank you for your patronage stay safe out there.

Shipping from United States

Processing time

1-2 business days

Estimated shipping times

  • North America : 1 - 3 business days
  • Europe : 6 - 10 business days

I'll do my best to meet these shipping estimates, but can't guarantee them. Actual delivery time will depend on the shipping method you choose.

Customs and import taxes

Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.

Payment Options

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Returns & Exchanges

I don't accept returns, exchanges, or cancellations

But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

Frequently Asked Questions

Custom and personalized orders

Please let me know if you would like a personalized message sent with your purchased item, especially if it is a gift - I will include in the packaging with 24-hr notice of ship date.

Care instructions

I insure all my machines when shipping and generally require signature upon receipt, especially if it's a non-residential address. If you would like your item delivered without the signature requirement, please notify the shop upon ordering.

Gift wrapping and packaging

Packaging these delicate machines for shipment is a must and Teipiadur uses high quality cardboard boxes, lots of peanuts, bubble wrap, airbags, strapping tape to reinforce box corners,and specific handling labels for the carrier to understand the fragility of their freight. All typewriters are fully insured and trackable.

If your purchase is a gift, choose Teipiadur Gift Wrap from the shop listings and add to cart for an added special touch.
Be sure to communicate the name of the gift recipient and any personal message to be included.

Will I Need To Purchase a Ribbon for my Typewriter

Not right away. Every typewriter sold on Teipiadur comes with a brand new ribbon installed so you may begin typing at once. The type of ribbon installed on your new typewriter is clearly denoted in the listing.
Here is the 411 on ribbon:
A new NYLON ribbon will last for @ 350 pages of type; a new COTTON ribbon is good for @ 700 pages, and a premium SILK ribbon is good for up to 1500 pages.

Return & Exchange Policy Explained

While Teipiadur has an *ALL SALES ARE FINAL* policy, I prioritize customer satisfaction. If your order arrives severely damaged, or not functioning please contact me immediately - WITHIN 3 DAYS OF DELIVERY - and document any defects. All machines are sold in full working order so damage or functionality concerns will likely be a shipping issue. Failure to notify me within this parameter will nullify your claim and limit my ability provide reparation.

Vintage 101

VINTAGE - as applied to typewriters in this shop - means the typewriters are likely older than you, or possibly your parents.

All machines are in USED / PREVIOUSLY OWNED condition, bearing age-related marks + wear conducive to time and use.

Every typewriter sold on Teipiadur has been serviced/restored to full functionality, cleaned, inside and out, polished and listed with accurate notes and pictures depicting any major flaws or discrepancies.

While all typewriters offered for sale are in perfect working condition, expect your typewriter to show some visible signs of age. These are generally a testament to the machine's charm and history, not detractors.

Always ask questions before purchasing to insure your satisfaction.

Shipping News

Teipiadur offers FREE SHIPPING on all domestic orders within the continental U.S.

If you prefer expedited shipping, simply choose that option at checkout and the additional shipping charge will be added to your final cost.

If local pickup in Sonoma, CA is desired, a flat shipping fee of $35 will be refunded once the transaction is complete.

Additional charges may apply for the following:
P.O. Box
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Alaska
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Should the above apply, please provide your ZIP code with request for custom rate prior to your checkout.

PLEASE NOTE: Teipiadur generally ships via USPS as they take the greatest care in handling these delicate machines and deliver in an expedited manner with reliable tracking.

Care instructions

A personalized letter is included with each typewriter and details basic operational instructions as well as some useful typewriter related links.

NOTE: Please be mindful of the 3-day window to provide feedback regarding performance issues. Please give your typewriter a test run right away - Teipiadur WILL NOT be responsible for mechanical issues reported after 72 hours of receipt.

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