The thinking man’s Olivetti Valentine?

No, you’re right, I’m thinking too much. But still, think 747 and I think American wide-bodied jumbo jet. Think 6747 and I think American wide-bodied jumbo typewriter.

The heavyweight IBM 6747 had an advantage over its puny opponents in both size and reach (check out the length of that cable) …

This piece of kit defies description as a wedge.

electronic wodge?

One missing panel on the right-hand rear corner damn it …

… but otherwise intact and all seems to be working.

A handily-mounted quick reference guide (an operator’s guide, purchased separately, is coming soon) …

IBM 6746 and IBM 6747 daisy wheel typewriters were first produced in 1984, as was the identical-looking-but-with-thermal-transfer-print-head 6750.

This one has a setup date (just legible) of the 25th of March 1985, and an options setup date of the 15th of April 1985 …

The serial number (6747-110107569) is easy to see …

As is the typing line …

Grubby on the outside, this typewriter scrubbed up well.

(The IBM 6746 looks identical but doesn’t have that left-most column of memory-related keys.)

The inside of this machine still needs some TLC, especially in and around the print head …

A jumbo typewriter takes a jumbo ribbon cassette …

And a jumbo wheel …

This one proportionally-spaced …

This one 15 pitch Gothic …

This one Artisan 12 pitch …

Best of all is the keyboard. It sounds as if it’s been mounted on a Caribbean steel drum!