1970 Royal Marksman
Up for sale is a modern-looking Royal Marksman which was manufactured in 1970 in Japan by Silver-Seiko. This typewriter is essentially a Royal 240, although the body is colored more like a toy rather than black and wood-grain. Despite its cheap appearance, this typewriter is very much a fully functional full-size portable. Condition-wise, this machine is in near mint shape. Everything is working perfectly, right down to the bell, and there are very few cosmetic flaws. The typeface is standard pica (10 characters per inch).The inner workings are mostly identical to the later Royals made by Silver-Seiko- most well known being the Mercury. The mechanism isn't the lightest or most pleasing to type something like a novel on, however it is extremely reliable and trustworthy. This would make an excellent first typewriter for someone who has never used one before. The owner's manual for this machine can be downloaded for free here: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B9INR5ltu-o8SzJvM0dCYThPdTg/edit
Universal ribbons fit this machine perfectly, so there are no worries keeping this machine typing for many years to come.
As I said before, this typewriter would make an excellent first typewriter because of how easy it is to use and care for. This wouldn't be my first choice to write a novel on, however it can still be used as heavily and frequently as you wish.