1938 Corona Standard
Up for sale is a Corona Standard "Flat-top" which was manufactured in 1938. This typewriter is in remarkable condition both cosmetically and mechanically, and is fully functional right down to the bell. The jet-black glossy paint is the highlight of this machine, complemented by the gold labels which are all largely in tact and in good shape. The paint is essentially in mint condition, with little to no scratches or missing paint. If you're like me, you'll find yourself dusting this machine frequently, since the paint shines like a mirror. The chrome is also in impressive shape and shines beautifully. This is one of few machines that these photos really don't do this machine justice. The carrying case is also in remarkable shape- in fact it's probably the nicest case I have seen for this model, and I've had a handful of these typewriters over the years.
Mechanically, this typewriter is also a great typer. I wouldn't suggest writing anything like a novel on this typewriter, however it still can be used heavily and frequently. Universal ribbons (sold on this site) fit this typewriter perfectly. Despite being from 1938, this typewriter is ready to type for many years to come.
The owner's manual for this machine can be downloaded for free here: http://site.xavier.edu/polt/typewriters/CoronaInstructions1937.pdf
If you're looking for a classic '30s machine in near mint shape that's still ready to be used as a moderate workhorse, then this is a beautiful choice.