1965 Olivetti-Underwood LETTERA 32, Working ULTRA-PORTABLE Manual Typewriter, Made in Italy

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The iconic Olivetti LETTERA 32 lives up to the hype. Made in Italy, this stylish vintage typewriter is one of the finest ultra-portable writing machines ever made. A favorite among world-famous authors (see: Cormac McCarthy, Ian McEwan & Philip Roth) the LETTERA 32 is an incredibly efficient typer making it the ultimate writing machine for regular, daily use.

As with the entire Olivetti line, this machine combines design and function. Marvelous mechanics are supplemented by clever design features like the ingenious 2-piece carriage return lever, which folds for travel. The LETTERA 32 has perfect alignment, an Olivetti trademark attributed to the steel-tube carriage which glides over roller bearings, guaranteeing a smooth transition, line after line. The typeface, or "font" on this machine is the writer-preferred small ELITE, yielding 12 characters per inch.

Make: Olivetti
Model: Lettera 32
Made In: Italy
Serial #: 2385853
Year: 1965
Color: Teal Green
Keyboard: QWERTY
Typeface: ELITE 12 cpi

- Dual Color Ribbon capability
- Line Spacing 1-3 settings
- Red Tabulator Key
- Tab Set/Clear Lever
- Variable Line Spacing
- Carriage Lock


This machine comes with a laminated copy of the original user's guide, a NEW non-skid typewriter pad, a brand new ribbon installed on metal spools, and it's original zippered Blue vinyl travel case with distinctive Black racing stripe.

The LETTERA 32 weighs in at 9 lbs. on its own and 11.5 lbs. in its travel case. With it's durable ALL METAL housing and convenient Ultra-Portability this analog wonder is made to own your desktop or travel by your side.

IDEAL USER: Writers - especially screenwriters, poets and letter correspondents - also, glampers, collectors, newlyweds and analog junkies

NOT MEANT FOR: Sticky-fingered toddlers or key-choppers

This machine is in EXCELLENT WORKING CONDITION, with all features fully working and no mechanical faults. The inside is clean and dust free; type bars have been detailed and the platen was treated to refresh it’s grip. A New Black & Red Ribbon has been installed on metal spools.

The all-metal exterior is in VERY GOOD condition; its flat-matte Teal Green paint is in good shape with only very slight signs of wear - minor ink staining (see pic 2) and one tiny scratch on the ribbon cover. (Please request close-ups of these details should you not be able to see them in the provided pictures.)

The vinyl carrying case is in VERY GOOD condition with a working zippered closure and some age-related stains conducive to a life well-traveled. The case has been cleaned and sanitized, the exterior treated with a vinyl protectant to discourage further age-damage and staining.

- Original Blue/Black Vinyl Carrying Case
- New Black & Red Riboon on Metal Spools
- NEW Non-Skid Typewriter Pad
- Laminated Copy of Original User's Manual

PLEASE NOTE: 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 excellent mechanical condition that have been cleaned and serviced by myself or a professional shop. Shipping within the continental U.S.A is free. Hawaii and Alaska, please contact before purchase.

***Price includes shipping & handling costs and insurance fees common with packaging and shipping delicate machines. All shipments will be insured and require signature upon delivery. For areas outside the continental U.S.A., an International fee is in place to insure expedited shipping and safe handling.

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.

Reviews (1)


Sam did an excellent job with this typewriter. She is an exceptional seller. Very open, honest and communicative. Would definitely buy more from her.

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