This typewriter has been on my radar for quite some time. It is one of those machines whose price valuation greatly differs based on body color. I finally was able to find a blue machine at a decent price. Some typewriters I shall never own: a red or blue Royal QDL, for example–which is fine, because I’m not very good at typing on QDLs. I was able to score an Olivetti Valentine for $60 a year ago.
Now comes the work. The body is in excellent shape, but the guts are coated in ectoplasm. The right knob also needs a little glue. Beyond those issues, I think this machine will make for a great typer. As I understand it, the SM7 does not get the same accolades as the SM9 (which is an amazing machine), but I think these differences often come down to the condition of the specific machine. Olympia was pretty consistent with quality control over the years. I guess I’ll find out once I get this cleaned up. Note how the glue for the padding coated the slugs. Yuck.