1962 Olympia SM5
Up for sale is a great Olympia SM5 which was made in Western Germany in 1962. This typewriter is in great condition both cosmetically and mechanically, and is fully functional down to the bell. While there are a few small cosmetic flaws and imperfections, there is nothing to complain about when typing on this machine. The typing action is extremely smooth and high-quality, which Olympia continues to be known for. I would highly recommend this machine for heavy and frequent use. In fact, this is one of the best portables I would recommend for heavier use such as novel-writing.
The SM5 is just about identical to the SM3 and SM4 mechanically, but appears slightly more modern compared its predecessors with the crinkle paint finish. This machine is extremely easy to use and take care of, and it's one of the most reliable typewriters out there. Universal ribbons fit this typewriter perfectly, so there is no question that it will be easy keeping this typewriter typing for years to come. The owner's manual can be downloaded for free here: http://site.xavier.edu/polt/typewriters/OlympiaSM5.pdf