Made circa 1969
The typestyle is Pica (10 characters per inch) and the carriage width is 9.75 inches
Case Colour is bright red, with black keytops
With manufacturer's facsimilie instruction book and slide-in Carry Case
I have dismantled, cleaned, lubricated and adjusted this machine for best performance
A new Black/Red Ribbon has been fitted including original-style metal spools
These machines have been long regarded as works of art and a design classic. Several design museums, not to mention collectors of art as well as typewriters, have one proudly on display. They were produced from 1969 to the very early 1970's from a prototype designed by Ettore Sottsass and made in Olivetti's Barcelona factory. It wasn't the only typewriter that Sottsass styled for Olivetti: he was also responsible for the little-known Praxis 48 electric portable. As you might imagine, the Valentine is now a valuable item.
This particular example is in full working order and ready to use - or simply admire - as you think fit! Two versions of the Valentine were produced: a basic model and a deluxe - which featured a freehead and a full tabulator plus a 43-character keyboard. This machine is the deluxe. In remarkably complete condition, the only defect is a thumbnail-size chunk of plastic missing from one side of the slide-in carry case. The machine itself is all original, although has obviously been used and therefore has some fine scratches. A rare opportunity to purchase a design icon which is rapidly appreciating in value.