This Montana Luxe typewriter was made sometime in the 1950's by the Montana Typewriter company who were based in Turin in Italy and who had a license from Paillard 's in Switzerland to make this design which mirrors the Hermes Baby typewriter . It has the traditional metal body in a sand colour with a fine crinkle finish and stunning bright red keys . They have a good reputation as wonderfully engineered and made machines and were originally the smallest typewriters on the market and enjoyed a loyal following .This one was made for the German market and has a "Qwertz " keyboard layout with the " Z " and the " Y " keys reversed from the standard " Qwerty " keyboard. If you are planning on doing a large amount of typing this layout may be a problem for you , but for occasional typing its quite easy to get used to used to.
This one is in full working order and types well . We have given it a clean , service ,re lubricated it and fitted a new ribbon so its all ready for you to start typing on ! It is in a very good general condition with just a few small marks to the paintwork , mainly on the back from rubbing when the case has been put on and taken off over the years and a mark on the top just above the keys . The spools and ribbon are accessed by folding back the" gull wing " metal covers .It has the Montana badge on the top left and the Luxe logo on the carriage although now a little faded.
Universal typewriter ribbons can be purchased from many online suppliers or we can supply you with new ribbons when required . They generally cost around $10 including postage . However a ribbon will last you a long time . To give you an idea , in an office environment with someone using a typewriter professionally a ribbon would last them around 3 months.
The typewriter measures 28 cms by 28 cms by 7 cms high and comes with a metal case that closes by fitting over the typewriter and has a handle that slides out. The case is also in a good condition with some small signs of wear and marks on both the outside and inside .
This is a lovely and rare working Montana 1950's compact portable typewriter that doesn't take up too much desk space and has these unusual and stunning red keys .We also include a photo copy of an original Hermes Rocket typewriter instruction booklet which is the same as this model.