Here are my top 15 most wanted typewriters, #1 being the one wanted most.
#15- Smith-Corona Super Speed
#14- Olympia SM4
#13- Burgundy Royal Quiet DeLuxe
Arrow of the same vintage and I love it. Royals of this era are often rightly considered the best of Royal's lineup.
#12- Royal HH
I used to own one of these, back in June. It was damaged in shipment and had a large dent in the back plate. I sold it quickly but soon started to miss it. These are real workhorses and will stand up to countless hours of typing without problems. Like all Royal standards, the type action itself is great.
#11- Royal Empress
This Royal has a fantastic 60's design. They are also huge and intimidating looking, so I would love to have one sitting on my desk.
#10- Smith Corona Clipper (Streamline)
SCs are great typers, and this one has a very attractive logo exclusive to Clippers of this era. This generation of Smith-Coronas is among the most sought after for the brand, as can be seen from the prices these go for on eBay.
#9- IBM Electromatic
These early IBMs have a very industrial look that I just can't resist. I want one dearly!
#8- Remington Portable #1
Although I would take any early Rem with folding typebars, it is the original black #1 that I want the most.
#7- Torpedo 18
Nothing represents quality German typewriter manufacturing better than the classic Torpedo 18. However, since these machines are uncommon in the states they demand very high prices over eBay.
#6- Underwood Standard Portable- 3 Bank
The early version of the popular Underwood Standard Portable had only 3 rows of keys. Oddly, they didn't sell as well as the also 3 banked Corona 3 that needed to fold up for transport. These little guys are uncommon and go for quite a lot on eBay.
#5- Groma Kolibri
Although I have long since given up hope of finding one at a reasonable price, the popular Kolibri remains on my want list. These tiny guys are among some of the smallest typewriters ever made- roughly the size and thickness of an old laptop.
#4- Hermes 3000
The H3K is among the most esteemed and respected typewriters out there. They are also very distinctive looking, though I wouldn't quite call them beautiful. I have been wanting one for... well, I can't even remember how long.
#3- Groma Modell N
Although not as well known as most of the typewriters listed here, the Groma Modell N is one of my holy grail machines. Why is it not my #1? Well, there aren't really many (if any at all) made in the standard American QWERTY keyboard layout, so I would have to adapt to the German QWERTZ, something I would rather not do.
#2- Remington Noiseless 10
I'm not sure why, but the Remington Noiseless office machines have a huge appeal to me. Whatever the reason, it must be a good one for the Noiseless 10 to be up here at #2.
And now, a drum roll for my #1 most wanted!
#1- Smith-Premier No. 10
Yes, I know this is an odd choice for my #1 most wanted typewriter. But what's not to love? Beautiful design with interesting angles, lovely gold lettering and pin striping, and it is the only full keyboard (no shift with separate keys for upper and lower case) front stroke machine ever made. They are also reasonably common, so owning one is most certainly not out of my reach!