Andina Especial Modelo 90 typewriter

by | May 18, 2023 | Uncategorized | 5 comments

I last used this machine about a decade ago to invoke a certain entity known as purgebot kortny. It’s time to release it from my basement. I plan to send it to a fellow typospherian and gonzo Zen master who will make good use of it. But before shipping it, I wanted to fine-tune it and share its details with my readers.
The history of Talleres Alonso can be found in ETCetera no. 86 (pages 10-12) and no. 88 (pages 3-7). As I wrote in the first story, the company’s “sturdy products are an example of quality industrial production on a small scale.” The Andina Especial was the culmination of about 25 years of portable typewriter design and production. These machines were, to my knowledge, sold exclusively within Spain. They aren’t too hard to find there, but they are virtually unknown outside the country.
To my eye, the Especial is attractive from any angle.

Dials on left and right control key tension and ribbon color.
Does the Andina logo look familiar?
It’s a shameless ripoff of the logo for another “mountainous” typewriter, the Alpina:
At least the lettering for the model number seems original:

The carriage easily comes off when you remove two screws, and then the shell comes off the main body with another four screws.
Here’s a good view of the big, robust starwheel, the strong frame with parts made of a copper-colored metal, and the perspex plastic paper holders (which are hinged and can be pulled forward).
The Andina works with Olivetti ribbon spools. The ribbon shaft and base are plastic, an uncharacteristic weak point on this generally well-built typewriter.

Hasta la vista, Andina. Write bold words!


  1. Unknown

    I'll admit that I've never heard of Andina typewriters until now. At least not that I can recall, which isn't saying much in my case. I don't tend to consider plastic parts inferior unless they are known to show unacceptable wear (or breakage). Is that the case with the ribbon base/shaft on this particular model?

    This strikes me as a cool machine — I too like the lines of this design. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Richard P

    Those plastic parts are intact, so far. I would just be more confident if they were made of metal.

  3. Ted

    Amazing machine – I remember when you first found it and wrote about it. Handsome, indeed! (:

  4. David Brechbiel

    Another unknown by me. Daily learning. Thank you for sharing it again.


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