1931 Smith-Corona "Flat-Top"
Up for sale is an a really nice early Smith-Corona "Flat-top," made in 1931. The serial number range for this model started at 1000000. and this machine's serial number is 1000887, meaning this machine may be one of (if not the) earliest flat-tops left in existence. This typewriter was Smith-Corona's first flat top model, and it ended up being an extremely popular and successful design. This individual model was only referred to as the "Smith-Corona" and was only made for a few years with the medallion on the main ribbon cover (1931-1933) before it was re-labeled as the Corona (the 'Smith' half was dropped until later) Standard, Sterling, or Silent. You can read more about this model and other Smith-Coronas on the following website: http://sevenels.net/typewriters/s-coronas.htm
This typewriter itself is in amazing condition, and is fully functional right down to the bell. The beautiful original glossy black is in great shape as well, with only minimal wear or imperfections visible except for on the rear of the machine where some of the paint is flaking. The ribbon cover fits a bit awkwardly, so it takes a little effort to get it attached properly but it isn't too difficult or problematic. The labels are also in fairly good shape, with only some slight wear consistent with age. Most of the nickel plating still shines like new. The rubber feet are all in tact and not disintegrated at all, however they are all rock hard and could be replaced. The platen and feed rollers should still last many years and are not in need of any re-covering anytime soon. The carrying case shows some minor wear, but is in acceptable condition for its age- although the leather handle is gone. Although this typewriter is fully functional and works perfectly, it would not be my first choice to write a novel on. That being said, this typewriter is still an amazingly smooth and reliable machine to write on, and can definitely be used frequently despite its old age. Universal ribbons fit this typewriter perfectly, and are available on this site. The owner's manual for this machine can be accessed for free here: https://site.xavier.edu/polt/typewriters/CoronaInstructions1937.pdf
If you're looking for an absolutely beautiful conversation piece that also doubles as an amazing machine to type on, then this is a highly collectible investment!