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Posted: Monday, October 9, 2017 2:40 PM



I love typing on typewriters! I grew up using my parents old standard 1940’s Royal, inheriting a turquoise portable Royal from my grandmother. I used it for over 40 years until, tragically, it got lost during one of many moves. Last year, I bought this SM3 from a very reputable typewriter seller on Etsy. I tried it for a few months, but never could get used to the shift mechanism that lifts the entire carriage. Time to belatedly sell this one to buy and try another!!

Make: Olympia
Model: SM3 De Luxe
Date of Manufacture: 1958 (Made in Germany)
Serial Number: 1133485
Font Size: 10 characters/inch; Character Height: 0.125"
Font Style: Serif
Typewriter: Excellent Condition. All Metal Construction.
Color: Steel Blue Gray With Dark Brown Keys (original color).
Case: Good Condition in original silver painted “air stream” Art Deco heavy protective formed wood case. One chip on front. (See picture.)
Includes: 1 Black ribbon new with minimal use

Like all the Olympia SM3 De Luxe’s, this one from 1958 is also exceptionally well made and durable. Olympia's were built with quality materials and made to last. This portable manual typewriter, with its original carrying case, is in excellent vintage condition. This machine features a blue gray color all steel body construction (thus the weight – 20 pounds!!) with chrome trim and dark brown plastic keys. There is one small 1/16” or less black dot on the front left (see picture). There are no missing keys, all function properly, with no sticking. The typeface is clean. The action is quick, the carriage slides smoothly and the typing is very smooth. Plus, the return bell rings loud and clear! The rubber platen is in very good shape, free of cracks or other imperfections. The interior mechanics are extremely clean: free of rust, dust and any grime. As one seller said so plainly, “Unlike the latest smart phones and tablets, these typewriters were built to last.”!

The typewriter itself measures 13" wide, 12" front-to-back and 5" tall. It uses a standard .5" ribbon on a 2" spool and also handles black/red/correction white. I installed a new all black ribbon which I used minimally. You can easily find replacements online for less than $10 each. The carrying case is made of formed wood.

The carrying case is in good condition in its original silver painted “air stream” Art Deco heavy protective formed wood case. It measures measurements are 14.5” x 14” x 6.5. It is structurally sound but there are some light scratches on the silver paint, as well as an approximately .5” x .5” chip on the front. On the bottom of the case, there are four curved metal support pads. One of them is missing half of the pad. There is no rust on the chrome hardware. Unfortunately, the key is lost with a great story to go with it!!
I'm not a typewriter expert by any means! So, please ask any and all specific questions about this typewriter. I will be happy to do my best to answer them! A manual is not included by can be found on line or I can send you the link I have found.

Two helpful sites:

Please feel free to email me with any questions! Thank you!!


“The Olympia SM3 is a reliable workhorse, from a solid body construction to keys that provide good response and feedback. When you first sit at this thing, you marvel at the beauty and how it exudes a certain egalitarian work ethic. These machines were meant for typing — lots of typing. Rolling paper in for the first time, a reassuring clicking sound is made, like loading a weapon for words. The platen moves with rigid precision. There is no slop.

The shift mechanism lifts the entire carriage, which at first, seems a bit heavy, especially if you don’t have meaty fingers. But it seems to swing up on its own momentum, and then gravity takes care of the trip down….(the) SM3 produces consistently bright type across the alphabet, and type that is aligned. It has spring loaded keys, which may explain why it produces such consistent results. Part of the key strike is done by the machine, or so it feels.

Margin settings are quite easy with an adjustable slider. Just a simple squeeze and slide. The tab stops on the DeLuxe model are on the back of the carriage. Not the most convenient spot, but how often do you need to redo these on a manuscript?

Loading ribbons is a bit tricky. It needs to go behind the ribbon guide, then up and through a couple hooked slots on the ribbon holder. Unless you have good lighting, this can be a bit frustrating. Expect ink stained fingers and a little practice.

The key tops feel rounded and slick. They have just the right amount of concave to them, which makes a nice fit for your fingers, giving you a reassuring feel they’ll not slip off.

The shift-lock is a bit hard to get into position and also to release. Once it’s locked, it’s locked. It makes a nice solid noise when it locks.

The paint and finish are matte colors….The surface have a nice pebbly feel to it and seems to repel stains.

The carriage return lever has a nice contour to it, so a variety of hands can find the sweet spot. The carriage returns easily and advances the paper with precision. Each line is consistently spaced with the previous one. The margin bell makes a nice bright sound. Ding!

When storing the SM3, there’s two slots on the rear of the typewriter that fit into corresponding tabs inside the case. The unit is then locked into place with a forward mechanism. There’s a carriage lock on the upper left of the keyboard for added protection. When all is locked and set, you get a good secure feeling knowing your typewriter is safe. The space age shell of a case for the DeLuxe model reminds you of the rocket age when these were first introduced.

Overall, typing is a real pleasure with this typewriter. It makes you want to type and type and type. About the only ink stain is the heavy carriage shift.”

From the internet.

• Location: San Fernando Valley, SHERMAN OAKS

• Post ID: 132779483 sanfernandovalley

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