1960s Smith-Corona Voyager II
Up for sale is an uncommon Smith-Corona Voyager II, which was made by Smith-Corona and then distributed by the Golden Shield Corporation. This typewriter was manufactured at some point in the 1960s, however there is no serial number database information available for this model, so I was unable to pinpoint an exact year of manufacture.
If you would like to read more about this model, more can be found http://davistypewriters.blogspot.com/2011/03/golden-shield-portable.html
This machine is a bit different than most of the Golden Shield typewriters you will find while researching online. The crinkle paint finish is a special color, unique to only some of the Golden Shield-distributed machines. It seems that some of the Golden Shield typewriters had both this paint and the extra decor on the typebasket cover above the keyboard. Others only had the extra decor but similar paint to Smith-Corona's regularly distributed machines, such as the one you can read about in the website I linked above.
Getting down to the condition of this typewriter itself- it's fair overall. Not to sugarcoat anything, this typewriter does have quite a bit of surface rust, which is evident in some of the extra photos I included. Luckily, the rust does not impact the functionality of this machine, as everything is fully functional down to the bell. After my initial servicing, I have tested this machine over a week period and found that none of the keys are sticking (or any other mechanical slowdowns) despite there still being the presence of rust.
Other than the rust, cosmetically this typewriter is in good shape, and the paint only has a few scratches or other minor flaws. The carrying case was modified so that the handle can be used, as I assume the plastic piece that would normally hold the handle in place had broken off. There is also a leather pouch inside the lid of the case that seems to be worn out. Still, the case does it's job as it should, and just requires a bit of extra closing force to latch.
Going back to mechanics- this typewriter is mechanically identical to any other Smith-Corona mid-sized portable of the era. The 5AX Series is one of my favorite machines overall because of its looks and smooth mechanism, and this machine shares a very similar body style and the same mechanism as the popular and more common 5AX series, so it's safe to say that this typewriter is one that I would recommend for heavy and frequent use. There's no doubt that this typewriter can stand up to being used on a regular basis.
This typewriter uses universal ribbons which are sold on this website. There is no owner's manual anywhere online for this specific machine, however the manual for the 5AX series can be found for free here: https://site.xavier.edu/polt/typewriters/SCSterlingManual1963.pdf
If you're in the market for a unique and uncommon portable from the post-war period, then this is an intriguing machine that is ready to be used as a workhorse.