1947 Corona Sterling
Up for sale is an extremely attractive Corona Sterling which was manufactured in 1947. This Sterling is a 4A-Series, and is only branded "Corona" while most of these models were labeled "Smith-Corona."
This machine is in excellent shape and is fully functional right down to the bell. Cosmetically, there are only a few minor scratches or dings in the paint. The carriage return lever sometimes lightly makes contact with the typebasket cover if you're not careful. The carrying case is worn a bit on the outside, although the latches still shine and operate as they should. The hinge on the case has some minor surface rust, but it's purely cosmetic.
The typewriter is a joy to type on, and the mechanism is extremely smooth and reliable. This model is a favorite of many typewriter collectors and enthusiasts, including Tom Hanks. The streamline body design is extremely attractive, and is a desirable and collectible machine coupled with a reliable and light typing action. This machine has an elite typeface, meaning it types 12 characters per inch rather than 10.
This machine is also very easy to use and care for, and uses universal ribbons which are sold on this site. The owner's manual for this machine can be downloaded for free here: http://site.xavier.edu/polt/typewriters/SmithCoronaFloatingShift1949.pdf
If you're searching for an extremely beautiful and classic '40s portable that's ready to be used heavily and reliably, then this is an excellent choice.