This awesome typewriter dates from the 70’s and is both groovy and funky and just plain cool in this fab Turquoise retro colour! It is difficult to find this somewhat rare model without cracks to the case or the clam shell cover missing.
Here are some quotes from ads of the day and descriptors for this unique typewriter:
"Teaming a manual typewriter company with a Italian sports car may seem like an oxymoron, but this was the coolest thing around in 1970. The Super-Ghia, bui...lt in England was designed in collaboration with the Karman Ghia Group. This manual typewriter sports a great muscle car aesthetic. With an ultra low profile, disappearing handle, rubber tire treads instead of feet, and racing stripes on the turquoise clamshell cover, and the Ghia logo the "Super G" is sure to turn heads."
"Detroit-born Tom Tjaarda is arguably the world’s greatest living car designer. Argentinian-born Alejandro de Tomaso was one of the world’s major independent car makers."
"In a little diversion from normal business, in 1970 Tjaarda and de Tomaso designed a highly distinctive portable typewriter and its equally distinctive case. The typewriter is called the Smith-Corona Ghia-design Super G.
Tjaarda and de Tomaso briefly put aside cars to design the Super G for Smith-Corona Marchant, to be manufactured." "Made in England".
"Instead of rubber feet the typewriter has a black band resembling tires and the carry handle pulls out from a moulding. Some really clever and nifty ideas, the actal typewriter is more square lines of the trend of that era."
"the Super G typewriter is said to “share many characteristics with cars … Racing stripes, sleek lines and bright colours (orange and turquoise) are all reminiscent of Ghia designs produced for car makers such as Volkswagen, Alfa Romeo and Ford.”
This typewriter is in good vintage condition. There are some light tiny surface scratches if you look at a certain angle under light and some smudging on the inside of the clam shell case. It works great with no sticking keys and the return and space bar (plus power space function) work great. Ribbon spools move well. It is approx 12" wide x 13 1/2" deep x 4 1/4" high.
My pictures show it bluer than it is...it is a gorgeous deep turquoise/teal colour.
"The lid snaps onto the typewriter and the other half of the case (known as a ‘Clam-shell case’) is part of the base of the typewriter making it neat and very compact for transporting. The handle is neatly integrated into the machine itself and slides away below the space bar discretely when not needed."
If you are intending to use it and transport it, I would put it inside a laptop case or something similar as these machines are too rare in this condition to trust banging them around with luggage etc and just every day use. I think it would fit nicely in some of the laptop bags available.
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