1968 Olivetti-Underwood LETTERA 32, Ultra-Portable *ELITE* Working Manual Typewriter

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Who loves a LETTERA 32? Pretty much everyone... but here are a few famous favorites.

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA (you know, Sofia Coppola's dad...oh, and also the man behind the original binge-worthy series, THE GODFATHER, which, if you don't know it, is like GOT minus the dragons, sub horse heads.)
IAN MCEWAN (author of "Atonement" and so many more ridiculously great novels)
And then there's this guy: GIANNI MURA, sportswriter for La Repubblica - google him - it's awesome. He looks like the Italian Charles Bukowski. in photos, he's the only guy using a typewriter, his Lettera 32, in a sea of laptops. Damn fine writer too.

So yes, this iconic Olivetti Lettera 32 is a glorious ultra-portable typewriter. Much coveted by typewriter enthusiasts everywhere and a must-have for the serious writer, this machine is in VERY GOOD vintage condition, cleaned and serviced and ready to type for many more years to come.

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.

This particular typewriter has a remarkably quick, light keystroke and a noticeably brighter bell tone than other L32's.
The keyboard has comfortable square keytops, much like a computer keyboard. The row height is ideal, perfectly spaced to maximize efficiency and reduce errors.
This Lettera comes with its original set of brushes for cleaning and basic maintenance.
The typeface (font) is the writer-preferred ELITE type which allows maximum words on the page in a highly legible style.

Make: Olivetti-Underwood
Model: Lettera 32
Serial #: 1611786
Year: 1968
Made In: Barcelona, Spain
Color: Teal Green
Keyboard: QWERTY
Typeface: Universal ELITE, 12 cpi

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

Made in Barcelona, Spain the Italian designed Olivetti LETTERA 32 features a crinkle-matte Teal Green colored exterior with Black contoured keys and Olivetti’s signature Red tabulator key. It comes with a sporty vinyl zippered travel case, blue with a distinctive black racing stripe.


The LETTERA 32 weighs in at 9 lbs. on its own and 11.5 lbs. in its travel case. With its durable all-metal housing and convenient Ultra-Portability, this analog wonder will own your desktop or travel by your side, ready to chronicle your dreams.

IDEAL USER: Writers - especially screenwriters, sportswriters (see Gianni Mura), journalists, poets, and letter correspondents - also, glampers, collectors, newlyweds, and analog junkies

NOT MEANT FOR: Sticky-fingered toddlers, key-choppers or the digitally insane

This machine is in VERY GOOD condition, with all features fully working and no mechanical faults. The inside is clean and dust-free; typebars have been detailed and the platen was treated to refresh its grip. A New Black & Red Ribbon has been installed on metal spools.

This Lettera 32 is in VERY GOOD cosmetic condition with only one minor flaw of note. The carriage arm shows a bit of wear but does not affect performance. (See pic 9 for this detail)

The vinyl carrying case is in GOOD condition with a repaired zippered closure and clean exterior. The interior bears age-stains and has been cleaned and sanitized for odor.

- Original Blue/Black Vinyl Carrying Case
- Original Brushes for Cleaning
- NEW Black/Red Ribbon
- Laminated Copy of Original Owner's Manual
- NEW Non-Skid Typewriter Pad

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 working 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

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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

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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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Typewriter arrived safely and expertly packaged. Works like a dream! I would recommend this shop to anyone.

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