1980s Smith-Corona Classic 12
Up for sale is a true workhorse- a Smith-Corona Classic 12 which was manufactured sometime in the late 1970s or early/mid 1980s. This typewriter may not be the prettiest or the oldest, however it's one of the best manual typewriters out there for heavy use. If you're looking to write a novel on a manual, then this is probably in the top 5 typewriters that I'd suggest writing it with. This typewriter is in near mint shape all around, with little to no paint loss, and no rust anywhere. The carrying case is also in perfect shape and has no evidence of wear. Mechanically- as I said before, this typewriter is ideal for heavy typing. It's extremely easy to get a high WPM on this machine, as the touch is very light and smooth. Even if you type too fast and the typebars jam up, there's a key for that, so you don't even have to reach into the type-basket! The mechanism is extremely reliable and trustworthy, and this typewriter is ready for years and years of use to come. Universal ribbons (sold on this site) fit this machine perfectly, and the ribbon installation process on this machine is easier than any other typewriter out there. The 12 inch carriage is especially handy for writing landscape-wise on standard 8 x 11 printer paper. The owner's manual for this machine can be downloaded for free here: https://site.xavier.edu/polt/typewriters/SC1976.pdf
To sum it up, this typewriter may not have looks, but it's an absolute beast when it comes to typing. If you're looking for a workhorse to write on for years to come, then this a great machine to choose if you don't mind missing out on the more vintage designs of the past.