1969 Olivetti Underwood LETTERA 32, Working ULTRA-PORTABLE Manual Typewriter

$469.00

TRICKED OUT AND FULLY LOADED, this OLIVETTI LETTERA 32 comes with a brand New SILK Black & Red Ribbon, New clear dust cover and New non-skid typing pad.

Notably, silk ribbons are the gold standard, good for up to 1300 pages of type compared to Nylon's paltry 350 pages.

A clear dust cover ensures your muse is protected from the tyranny of dust and debris but still visible to give you that come hither look.

Of all the portable typewriters in circulation today, the iconic OLIVETTI LETTERA 32 lives up to the hype.

This Lettera 32 is designed for the productive writer - nimble and fleet, this typewriter delivers an impressive word count.

A favorite among notable 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.

This Lettera 32 has the eye-pleasing distinct PICA typeface yielding 10 characters per inch.

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DID YOU KNOW?

Francis Ford Coppola wrote the screenplay for THE GODFATHER, (based on Mario Puzo's best- selling novel of the same name) on an Olivetti Lettera 32.

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Make: Olivetti
Model: Lettera 32
Made In: Spain
Serial #: 1850905
Year: 1969
Color: Teal Green
Keyboard: QWERTY
Typeface: PICA 10 cpi
Platen Durometer Reading: 86.5 = medium hard

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

OVERVIEW:
This machine comes with the original user's guide, a NEW non-skid typewriter pad, and a NEW Black & Red Ribbon has been installed on metal spools. The machine is accompanied by its original zippered vinyl travel case.

IDEAL USER: Writers - especially screenwriters, poets, and old-school correspondents; Revolutionaries, Journalists and Tiny Home Owners

NOT FOR: Toddlers, Key-choppers or the Digitally Insane

MECHANICS:
This machine is in VERY GOOD WORKING CONDITION with all features fully working and nice alignment. The inside is clean and dust-free; typebars have been detailed and the platen was treated to refresh its grip. Notably, the margin bell was repaired and has nice tone, the carriage lock was readjusted and functions as it should, and the carriage return lever was modified so it no longer flops on the ribbon cover due to a factory defect. (This detail may be viewed in pic 9)

COSMETICS:
The all-metal exterior is in VERY GOOD condition. There are signs of wear around the composite metal endcaps, common with these models. There are minute paint chips at the ribbon cover on the lefthand side, barely visible. You may view pics of these details in photos 7 & 8 and request more close-ups and different angles should you wish to see them.)

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 repaired, cleaned and sanitized, the exterior treated with a vinyl protectant to discourage further age-damage and staining.
Please request photos if you wish to see the repair "before" pics.

The LETTERA 32 weighs in at 9 lbs. on its own and 11.5 lbs. in its travel case.

INCLUDED:
- Original Blue/Black Vinyl Carrying Case
- New Black & Red Ribbon on Metal Spools
- NEW Clear Dust Cover
- NEW Non-Skid Typewriter Pad
- Original User's Guide

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IMPORTANT:
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 411 :
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.
A PHYSICAL ADDRESS, FIRST & LAST NAME, & TELEPHONE NUMBER MUST BE PROVIDED FOR INTERNATIONAL DELIVERY

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Shipping from United States

Processing time

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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.

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.

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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
APO/FPO
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Should the above apply, please provide your ZIP code with request for custom rate prior to your checkout.

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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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