1970 Penncrest (SCM) CARAVELLE 12, Working Manual Typewriter

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Manufactured for JC Penney by Smith Corona, the PENNCREST CARAVELLE 12 is a DELUXE mid-sized portable typewriter so loaded with features, your novel will practically WRITE ITSELF, your correspondence will be HANDLED, your friends will be JEALOUS - your grandad will be like...is that MY TYPEWRITER, because I'd like it back NOW... in short, this is the kind of 70s COOL that never goes out of style and continues to be a marvel of American engineering.

The CARAVELLE combines the precision engineering and style of a few successful Smith Corona models; the Galaxie line with additional detail borrowed from their mid-century Super series: Easy access tab set/clear keys on the right side of the keyboard ala the Silent-Super & Sterling and my personal favorite mechanism (from the Galaxie and Super-G), the *AUTO SPACE* function which fast-forwards the carriage into another time zone. There is also a very unique HALF SPACE key which, if you're a stickler for fixing typo's on the page will work in your favor.

This typer's RETRO good looks harken back to the 70s design trend towards snazzy color combinations and boxy chic. In this example the Caravelle borrows from the aforementioned Smith Corona models with unique added detail. The exterior housing combines elements of cast aluminum, high quality scratch resistant plastic, chrome and steel. The two-toned Ice Green/Teal is handsomely accented by a Silver wrap-around "grill" bearing the typewriter's (JC Penney) branding. The Teal/Silver combo make this machine an eye-catcher on the desk... I could see how it might steal the show at a wedding reception with everyone vying for a turn at typing their forever sentiments to the newlyweds.
Notably, the CARAVELLE represents a very durable and integrity-laden machine at a time when many typewriter manufacturers were switching over to all-plastic exteriors.

Weighing in at 14 pounds on your desktop, the CARAVELLE has a "serious" feel; its keystroke is snappy and distinctive, the bell tone could start a horse race and the extra-long carriage and generous platen provide a solid grip on your manuscript.

Recommended User: Beginners to Intermediate Typewriter Enthusiasts and Collectors; Perfect for burgeoning writers, weekend correspondents, wedding & party events and Hipsters

Not For: Key Choppers, Toddlers, Farm Animals; the use of this machine as a doorstop or goat snack is strictly prohibited.

This particular typewriter is in VERY GOOD used condition.

COSMETICALLY, there are light scratches on the exterior housing, but no cracks, chips or gouges. The retractable page support bears the only notable wear (see pic 9), the metal is tarnished but does not affect function. The typewriter’s exterior has been treated with wax/polish specific to plastic AND metal to prevent further scratching and give it a nice sheen.

MECHANICALLY this machine is in VERY GOOD condition - all features are in full working order and the platen is oversized and provides a solid grip. Keystroke has great consistency with comfortable row height and key spacing, alignment is perfect on the page.

This machine has been cleaned and tested and is in perfect working condition. A NEW black/red ribbon has been installed on custom metal spools, recommended for the Caravelle model.

Make: PENNCREST (Smith Corona for JC Penney)
Serial: P6L 121878H
Year: 1970
Made In: USA
Keyboard: Modern QWERTY
Typeface: Presidential PICA No. 78, 10 cpi
Color: Ice Green/Dark Teal/ Silver

- Tabulator with Set/Clear designated keys
- Touch Selector
- Auto Space
- Half Space
- Auto Ribbon Reverse
- Line Spacing (3) settings
- Retractable Page Support
- Dual Color ribbon capability

- Original Black Fiberglass "Briefcase" with KEY
- NEW Black/Red ribbon
- Laminated Copy of Owner'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 buyers 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.

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Estimated shipping times

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  • Europe : 6 - 10 business days

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Gift wrapping and packaging

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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.

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Care instructions

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