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18-7-2021 07:27:07  #1

Olympia SGE 45...In-Coming

Figured since I dipped my toe into the waters of electric and 1970's more plastic machines with my Facit 1840, I should look for an Olympia electric.  I landed on a SGE 45.

This one did not show up on eBay with my typical searches of "Olympia typewriter", etc. Sort of stumbled upon it with less used search-parameters.

No one else seemed to have hit on it. I was the only bidder at the opening bid of $ 39.

Surprise is that it is Cursive-script. And it is a machine that was still made in West Germany.

All-in with shipping and sales set me back $ 60. Should have it home next week.


26-7-2021 15:15:34  #2

Re: Olympia SGE 45...In-Coming

Machine arrived professionally packaged and there was absolutely no damage.

Carriage was even secured with nylon tie-wraps on both ends and void above the type-slugs was filled with bubble wrap.

Seller had a bit of a "typo" in their eBay description.  Rather than being a SGE-45 is really is an SGE-35.

From its serial number, it was made in Western Germany in 1974.  All body panels are still metal, not plastic.

More photos in a day or two after I clean it up and do a service.  All functions work...just a few key-levers a bit slow returning in the segment.

Motor is very quiet and carriage movement is very smooth.  The 2 small toothed drive belts look brand new.  Not dry or cracked anywhere.  Will plan to use a bit of belt-dressing on them.

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23-8-2021 10:50:29  #3

Re: Olympia SGE 45...In-Coming

Nice find, Pete!  Congratulations.


27-10-2021 21:36:16  #4

Re: Olympia SGE 45...In-Coming

Excellent! Congratulations! This is exactly what I'm looking for


02-11-2021 14:11:16  #5

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Paul, if you are near KY State in the USA, there is one on eBay that looks pretty nice for only $ 40 or Make Offer.but shipping within the States is another $ 85 or so. 
( I am not affiliated with it. )eBay item number : 334175861665

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05-11-2021 08:17:04  #6

Re: Olympia SGE 45...In-Coming

Hi Pete,
Thanks for the heads up, but I'm in Brazil. I have eyes on one being sold locally, but the seller is asking way too much. I'll wait a bit more, but may eventually bite the bullet anyways. LOL. 
And what's it like typing on your new machine?


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