1974 Olympia SM9 DE LUXE, Working Manual Portable Typewriter

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If ever a typewriter was worthy of a news headline, it would be the Olympia SM9, and it might read something like that.

One of the all-time fastest typewriters ever built, the SM9 may look like a soccer mum's minivan but it drives like a GT roadster. If you're the productive type, who thinks fast and types faster, this is the machine for you.

Also worth considering is the SM9's highly relevant "mature" functionality: At nearly 50 years old, this typewriter has and will continue to perform long after our *smart* toys have expired. No electronic waste going on here - this manual machine is guaranteed to get you out of the ECO-SHAME DOGHOUSE. And yes, that's a thing.

With its writer-preferred ELITE typeface, yielding 12 characters per inch, the De Luxe SM9 really stacks the word count. And the SM9's fine German engineering means you never have to think about it, just type and be the wordsmith genius you are: THIS is one manual machine that easily keeps up with the speedy, productive writer without getting its typebars in a wad.

Manufactured in Germany, the SM9 De Luxe is the culmination of years of expertise in the Olympia SM line. Considered to be a top-of-the-line midsize portable, the SM9 was Olympia's defining machine.



Olympia made 4 different versions of the SM9 - that's how dedicated they were to perfecting this model.

Also, Neil Simon, playwright extraordinaire, wrote some of his best plays and movie screenplays on his SM9. (See writerly quote in type-sample)


Mechanically LOADED with all the features one expects from a full-size office typewriter, the SM9 easily surpasses most machines in its class. Its touch is super-fast and smooth, the basket shifted carriage is wonderfully light and efficient and the keytops are generously sized to help ward off finger fatigue.

RECOMMENDED FOR: Writers, Minimalists, and Typewriter Enthusiasts of all ages.

NOT FOR: Digital Junkies, Toddlers, Keychoppers

This machine is in EXCELLENT used condition

COSMETICALLY: The SM9's exterior is in near-fine condition. The paint is a matte textured bone-white and the charcoal frame is also metal and unmarked. The original travel suitcase is in VERY GOOD condition with original stability tray and working closure. It too has been cleaned and sanitized and functions perfectly.

MECHANICALLY: This machine is in EXCELLENT mechanical condition. The platen has been treated to refresh its grip, mechanics have been cleaned, tested and lubed where needed and all functions are in full working order. The type-ring bears the only visible sign of age-related usage but does not affect performance in any way. (This detail viewable in pic # 7)

Make: Olympia
Model: SM9 De Luxe
Serial #: 4820777
Year: 1974
Made In: Germany
Keyboard: Modern QWERTY
Color: 2-Toned, White & Charcoal
Typeface: ELITE No. 60, 12 cpi

- Touch Control
- 88-character keyboard
- Line Spacing (3) settings
- Variable Line Spacing
- Pop-up XL Page Support
- Dual Color Ribbon Capability
- Automatic Ribbon Reverse
- Carriage Lock

- Original Black Vinyl Travel Case
- Original User's Manual
- NEW Black/Red Ribbon installed on Metal Spools


GOT PAPER? : Choose TEIPIADUR FINE TYPING PAPER from the shop listings and add to cart before checkout to receive a specially assembled pack of assorted typing paper and vintage letterhead for you and your new analog muse.


IF THIS IS A GIFT : Choose TEIPIADUR GIFT OPTIONS from the shop listings and add to cart before checkout to elevate your tribute to *Best-Gift-Ever* status.



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.

USPS Priority shipping is included for U.S. deliveries inside the 50 states; should you need to upgrade to expedited shipping, these options are available at an additional cost to the buyer during checkout, as are international shipping options.

Please expect normal delays for delivery outside the U.S.A. due to Covid 19 and customs. Within the 50 states, should delays occur, please show consideration for our valued USPS workers during this pandemic & election year.

Shipping within the continental U.S.A is free.
Hawaii and Alaska, please contact before purchase as there may be additional costs associated with delivery.
INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING is available to some countries, please add to cart to see if your location qualifies - shipping cost is not included for international sales and will be the buyer's responsibility to purchase.


Thank you for your patronage stay safe out there.

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.

If your purchase is a gift, choose Teipiadur Gift Wrap from the shop listings and add to cart for an added special touch.
Be sure to communicate the name of the gift recipient and any personal message to be included.

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. The type of ribbon installed on your new typewriter is clearly denoted in the listing.
Here is the 411 on ribbon:
A new NYLON ribbon will last for @ 350 pages of type; a new COTTON ribbon is good for @ 700 pages, and a premium SILK ribbon is good for up to 1500 pages.

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 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 local 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)


I can't even. This Olympus SM9 is dreamy. Quickly shipped, perfectly packed, amazing communication. I feel like I happened upon the perfect place to begin my typewriter journey.

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