1970's OLIVETTI UNDERWOOD 319, Working Manual ULTRA-Portable Typewriter

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Olivetti merged with Underwood in the '60s and in the 1970s applied their patented Italian design and reliable mechanics to reviving the Underwood name. The resulting UNDERWOOD 319 is a modernized version of the Olivetti Lettera 32 at an economy price. With its retro curves and 1970s *MOD* design, the Underwood 319 is a wonderful example of stylish Gen X craftsmanship.

This portable desktop typer weighs in at a mere 10 pounds on the desk and is perfect for medium to heavy use with solid mechanics and a quick, responsive keystroke. The UNDERWOOD 319 is sleek and stylish and features Olivetti's signature Red Tab key. The typeface is an eye-pleasing, easy-to-read 12 point PICA. The color is a creamy Beige with generously sized White contoured keys and attractive Chrome accents. The exterior is a high-quality scratch resistant plastic while the interior is solid metal and steel.

RECOMMENDED FOR: Anyone interested in owning a RELIABLE, well-made machine; great for Beginners and Seniors, perfect for Weekend Writers and Glampers.

THIS IS NOT the best machine for: Trophy-Collectors, Plastic-Haters

This particular machine is in EXCELLENT used condition; All mechanics tested and working; the exterior is largely blemish-free.

The UNDERWOOD 319 is cosmetically in VERY GOOD condition: Free of age stains, scuffs, and gouges, its glossy beige plastic exterior is in near perfect condition. The only cosmetic defect is on the exterior clamshell lid where there are notable scratches. (See: Photo # 10)
The base and clamshell lid have since been treated with a polish especially for plastic to prevent further scratching. The upper housing of the typewriter has been polished to a glossy shine.

Mechanically, the UNDERWOOD 319 is in EXCELLENT condition: All features are in full working order and the platen has been treated to renew its grip. The outer body has been thoroughly cleaned and sanitized, the interior - including type bars and slugs - have been cleaned, detailed and lightly lubed where needed.

The UNDERWOOD 319 comes with its original clamshell travel lid and a fresh Black and Red ribbon has been installed on metal spools.
The clamshell lid and base bear some scuffs and scratches but are completely functional with a working closure.

Make: Olivetti
Model: UNDERWOOD 319
S/N: 1321401
Year: 1970's
Made In: Spain
Keyboard: QWERTY
Typeface: Distinctive PICA 10 cpi
Color: Beige Cream

- QWERTY Keyboard
- High Visibility Typeface
- Tab Set/Clear Lever
- Line Space Selector (3) positions
- Dual Ribbon Capability

- Original Clamshell Travel Case/Lid
- NEW Black/Red Ribbon on Metal Spools
- NEW Non-Skid Typewriter Pad
- Printout of Olivetti Portables General Use Guide

The Olivetti Underwood 319 weighs in at 11.5 lbs. in its case. It 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 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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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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Custom and personalized orders

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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.

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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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