1959 Adler Primus
Up for sale is an uncommon Adler Primus which was made in Western Germany in 1961. This machine was a rebranded Triumph Gabrielle (Triumph and Adler merged in 1957). The body style is intriguing, and has extremely smooth lines. Machines of Loving Grace claims that the Primus types much better than it looks- which says a lot since this machine isn't even that ugly. Everything on this machine is fully functional right down to the bell, and it does indeed type nicely. The mechanism is smooth and reliable, making this machine an excellent candidate for heavy and frequent use.
This machine fits somewhat securely on its base, however it's only secured by two notches which catch the rear of the machine. The typewriter stays secure to the base with the case closed, however for typing and handling outside of its carrying case, I would recommend removing the typewriter from the base. Additionally, the rubber feet on the typewriter are in much better shape than the rubber on the bottom of the base part of the case.
Both the base plate and the lid of the case are some sort of metal compound, and have some weight to them. The lid is in decent shape, but the paint is pitted in many places. The case latches as it should and can be carried by the handle which extends outwards.
Universal ribbons fit this machine perfectly, and the owner's manual can be downloaded for free here: http://site.xavier.edu/polt/typewriters/AdlerPrimusFavorit.pdf
Also included is a small cleaning kit (a cloth, and two brushes) which originally came with this machine.
If you're in the market for a unique German-made portable that's ready to be used heavily and reliably right out of the box and for many years to come, this is an amazing choice.