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$100K for Mac 128K prototype on eBay

- April 16th, 2012

Mac128kProto

If you’re looking for a rare piece of Apple memorabilia, something that likely no one else owns or has even heard of, check out this early Mac prototype that’s up for auction on eBay with a starting bid of $99,995 US.

For those of you who remember the Mac 128K back in the day, you’ll know that it’s the small original modular Mac with that wonderful little 9-inch monochrome monitor, 128 kilobytes of memory, no hard drive and the single-sided single-density 400 K Sony 3 ½” floppy disk drive that hummed a little tune when you booted up.

The 128K Mac originally retailed for $2495.00 US in 1984, a far cry from this asking price.

 

Say Hello to Twiggy

What’s extremely rare about this offering is that it is a prototype unit- but moreover, this one is equipped with a proprietary 5.25″ disk drive created by Apple, known as the Twiggy. Apparently Apple was going to use this drive initially but with too many bugs, they opted for the Sony model instead.

So for a cool starting bid, five bucks shy of $100K, you could potentially become the proud owner of a rare prototype Apple Macintosh 128 with the 5.25″ Twiggy floppy drive, a prototype keyboard with the pullout card tray 128K Mac standard issue mouse and power cord as well as a photocopy of a 6-page document of its US Patent showing the Mac with the Twiggy drive.

The seller states that the system has been cleaned and restored, but doesn’t boot.

 

MAc128logicBoard

Listing has Pictures & Stories

If you’re interested, check out the listing on eBay. There, you’ll also find a whole slew of interesting photographs of the unit plus its accessories as well as close-ups of a number of internal components.

Awesome stuff and well worth a few minutes if you are a Mac fan!

2 days to go  (update 18/4/12: It’s been re-listed)

The auction closes on April 18 at 01:42 PDT, just a couple days away so if you are interested or just want to have a peek at a true piece of Mac memorabilia, you might want to check it out as soon as possible.

Wozniac not Wozniak

Just as an aside and good for a chuckle the seller’s eBay handle is “Wozniac,” that’s with a “c”  not a “k” like the real guy! In the narrative, there is a disclaimer that the individual is not Steve Wozniak nor is he trying to impersonate him referencing the difference in spelling and the fact that he’s had his eBay ID since 2007. Furthermore, he lives in Canada – the listing shows Maple Ridge, BC.  He also extends an apology to Steve W, if it causes him any trouble.

I have to admit this is one of the most interesting comprehensive and informative eBay listings I’ve seen since an image of the Almighty appeared on a piece of bread.

 

photos courtesy: eBay

Greg Gazin is the Real Canadian Gadget Guy.

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6 comments

  1. Shawn Lanthier | April 18, 2012 at 5:47 am

    Unbelievable.. the floppy disc is in backwords !

  2. Greg Gazin | April 18, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Good catch, Shawn!

  3. Greg Gazin | April 18, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    I guess it didn’t sell, so it’s being re-listed. Should be interesting to see what it eventually sells for.

  4. Mark Rejhon | April 19, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    It’s sold!
    The eBay auction text is worth reading, it’s an interesting history on the early Mac’s, and why the Mac decided to go with a 3.5″ floppy.

  5. Greg Gazin | April 20, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Mark, thanks for the heads-up. Yes, it’s amazing as to how much yo can learn from an e-Bay auction ad. I’m curious as to who purchased it and what their motivation was or what they are going to do with it.

  6. rezwerd | September 7, 2013 at 1:35 am

    Believe it or not, the disk is inserted correctly. Unlike standard 5.25″ disks, Twiggy disks had dual windows, one in front and one in back. Just in case anyone still cares.

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