RARE 1961 Adler PRIMUS, Working Manual Mid-Size Portable Typewriter


The West German-made ADLER PRIMUS is an uncommon find in the world of manual typewriters.

This machine is positively atmospheric: Incredibly stylish with great curves and presence, conjuring visions of life before the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Its graceful chrome carriage return drapes across the machine like the arm of a Countess over a velvet chaise.
A commanding Adler (German for:) Eagle faceplate hints at a mysterious past.
The Cold War carrying case looks as if it took a bullet for its previous owner and will do so again for you.

Typing on the Primus is a dream - it has an extremely precise feel with a very smooth key action.
The Primus easily compares to and may even outperform the Olympia SM series - It certainly requires a lighter touch than the often bombastic feel of an SM. Classified as a "Desktop Portable" the Primus is a mid-size, heavy duty portable based on Adler's workhorse office model, the Adler Universal.
The Primus also bears the distinction of being the predecessor to the Triumph Gabriele, for all you typewriter nerds out there.
The Adler Primus is fully loaded with much of the functionality you'd find in a deluxe office model. This is that RARE machine, perfect for both the "Serious Writer" and equally the "Newbie" thanks to it’s practical, sensible layout of operational controls making its use intuitive.

This particular machine has been restored to VERY GOOD used condition. There are minor paint scratches pictured in photos 4 and 5, but otherwise, the machine is in excellent cosmetic condition with no dents or rust. The cold war era metal case bears significant scratches and minor dents conducive to a life well-traveled and provides excellent protection for the Primus with a sturdy pullout handle and working closure. The case has had its rubber feet replaced as well as the ones on the base plate with felt added to the interior to protect and tamp down sound as the base plate is an integral part of the machine.
The machine weighs 14.5 pounds on the desktop with its base plate attached - the base plate acts as a sturdy, non-skid typing pad and should only be removed for professional cleaning.

Make: Adlerwerke
Year: 1961
Serial: 1635202
Made In: Western Germany
Typeface: Ro 7 ELITE, 12 cpi

- QWERTY 88 character modern keyboard
- Unique Typeface: Ro 7 ELITE, 12 characters per inch
- Ribbon Feed & Ribbon Control
- Tabulator + Universal Tab Clear Lever
- Dual Ribbon Capability
- Variable Line Spacer
- Line Spacing: 1, 1 1/2, 2
- Aligning Scales
- Manual Margin sets
- Full-size Carriage Return Lever
- Full-size Page Guide
- Carriage Lock

This machine has been cleaned and serviced by the seller, is fully working with no mechanical faults. The body is made from a high-quality metal compound and the primary color is Putty Grey & Beige with Chrome accents and features Beige/Putty-colored textured acrylic keys. The body has been treated with a special wax to prevent further scratching and the chrome polished. The interior has been cleaned and detailed, including typebars and slugs, ribbon vibrator and carriage return.
Its total weight in carrying case is 17.5 lbs.

- Original Cold War Era Metal Case with removable lid and base
- NEW Black & Red ribbon, installed on Metal Spools
*Digital copy of the owner's manual will be emailed to the buyer upon purchase*

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. Additional photographs of the machine provided upon request.
While I do not offer returns, I do guarantee my buyer's satisfaction. I only sell machines in excellent mechanical condition that have been cleaned and serviced by myself or a professional shop.

***Price includes fees and insurance common with packaging and shipping delicate machines.

Shipping from United States

Processing time

1-3 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

Secure options
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards

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.

Choose the Gift Option at checkout for an added special touch.
Gift wrapping consists of a personalized typed note on Crane stationery and a cheery satin red ribbon. Advance notice from the buyer is greatly appreciated to prepare as a gift before shipping.

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. Generally a ribbon will last for several passes when the ribbon direction-change function is employed, this will give you 1-3 months of regular use and up to a year of light use before you need to buy a replacement. Recommended ribbon suppliers are included in your welcome letter.

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 now 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 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

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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