I’ve wanted one of these classics, designed by Ettore Sottsass and Perry King in the late 60’s, since I was in design school 20 years ago. By chance I found one on Craigs List the other day for a great price locally. There’s a lot that can go wrong with them, so I’ve been wary about buying them on eBay, where they come up quite frequently (though usually for much more).
This one is a Valentine S, and it’s in pretty good shape. The rubber straps that attach the case are in OK shape, these are a common failure point as the rubber dries out, cracks and breaks. The case is a little scuffed up, and the top of the typewriter itself is a bit scratched from going in/out of the case. Otherwise it’s cosmetically pretty decent. It doesn’t work right now, I’d have to get it serviced, but I’m not planning on doing any actual typing…
I will scan the instruction manual also, as it’s very cute.
A lot of people have emailed me asking about the manual. I did get finally get around to scanning it, you can find it here.