RARE 1959 ADLER PRIMUS, Working Manual Portable Typewriter



Made in Western Germany during the Berlin Crisis, the PRIMUS is one classy, ultra-stylish dame of a typer. With its creamy curves and art deco design the PRIMUS is a talisman of life before *The Fall* of the Berlin Wall: The Eagle faceplate hints at a mysterious past, the chrome carriage return drapes like the arm of an pearl bedecked Countess on a velvet chaise, and the pock-marked *Cold War* metal case looks as though it would take a bullet for you.

This typewriter has the writer preferred ELITE typeface yielding 12 characters per inch.

Typing on the PRIMUS is an absolute dream - it has a solid feel with a quick staccato keystroke that is deeply satisfying for the precision wordsmith. The Primus is often compared to the Olympia SM series with its large, molar-like keytops and German engineering. It may even surpass the feel of the aforementioned as the Primus requires a less bombastic touch.
One thing worth mentioning is the hardness of the platen. Adler seems to have shopped at the same rubber factory as Hermes and the platen is rock hard. If you're after a "quiet" typewriter, look elsewhere - this one has the chatter of a Gatling gun - which will wake the guards but make you sound like the world's most productive writer.

Classified as a "Desktop Portable" the Primus is a medium-size portable based on Adler's workhorse office model, the Adler Universal. With portability in mind, the PRIMUS was designed with a high-quality, scratch-resistant plastic composite exterior while the interior mechanics are all metal, making this a durable machine built to last for many more decades to come.

This machine comes with a laminated copy of the user's guide, a NEW Non-Skid Typewriter Pad, NEW Clear Dust Cover, and a NEW Black & Red SILK Ribbon will be installed on metal spools during the final inspection, prior to shipping. It is accompanied by its original case in addition to a cleaning brush and polishing cloth.

PLEASE NOTE: The typesample in pic 4 was typed on a nylon ribbon, hence the smudge. The type slugs will receive a final detail before shipping and the new silk ribbon will provide a superior imprint on the page.

This is a typewriter perfect for both the productive writer or the diehard collector. A rare find in the U.S., the PRIMUS is considered a trophy machine for collectors.

IDEAL USER: Writers, Revolutionaries, Artists

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



The Adler company came to be in the late 1800s and specialized in bicycles, motorcycles and cars. They joined the typosphere shortly thereafter and often the typewriters mirrored the autos in style and design.

For all you typewriter nerds out there, the PRIMUS is a rebranded Triumph Gabrielle, Adler and Triumph having merged in 1957.

While Adler no longer makes typewriters, the oldest German bicycle brand recently released a 135 year anniversary version of their cult-classic bicycle called the ADLER Fahrrad.

Perhaps with the renewed interest in manual typewriters, they'll create an anniversary version of the Adler PRIMUS, who can say?


The ADLER PRIMUS weighs 14.5 pounds on the desktop with its base plate attached - 12 lbs. when free of the base. Its total weight in carrying case is 17.5 and the typewriter measurements at approximately 12" x 11.5 " by 5"

Make: Adlerwerke
Color: Cream & Grey
Year: 1959
Serial: 1635202
Made In: Western Germany
Typeface: Ro 7 ELITE, 12 cpi
Platen Durometer Reading: 96.5 = Hard

- QWERTY 88 character modern keyboard
- Unique Typeface: Ro 7 ELITE, 12 characters per inch
- Tabulator + Universal Tab Clear Lever
- Dual Ribbon Capability
- Variable Line Spacing
- Line Spacing (3) settings
- XL Page Guide
- Carriage Lock

- Original Metal Case with removable lid and base
- NEW Black & Red SILK ribbon, installed on Metal Spools
- Laminated copy of User's Manual
- NEW Non-Skid Typewriter Pad
- NEW Clear Dust Cover
- Cleaning Brush & Polishing Cloth

This machine is in EXCELLENT condition with all features fully working and perfect alignment. The interior mechanics are 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 sweet birdsong tone.

The PRIMUS is in EXCELLENT cosmetic condition with only minor infraction to original paint. (You may view this detail in pic 9 showing one paint nick on the ribbon cover and wear to the front left corner of the typewriter frame.). The many chrome details and individual key tops have all been detailed and gleam. (see pic 6 for close-ups).
The case is in VERY GOOD condition and bears normal signs of wear and tear conducive to a life well-traveled. Its base plate feet have been replaced with fresh rubber, as has the resting points at the base of the case.

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 TEIPIADUR.

NOTE: You may request additional pics should you wish to review the typewriter as it was dismantled during service - workshop pics serve to reassure the buyer their machine was given a proper going over, stem to stern, before purchase.


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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.


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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

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  • 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.

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