I just couldn't not share this with you...
This amazing IBM Executive (still not sure about the exact model number - can you help me out?) was a most gracious gift from a friendly neighbour in Basel. She had inherited this machine from her father, and was so kind to entrust it to the Sommeregger Typewriter Foundation. It didn't work at first, although you could actually hear the electricity when plugged in. After some fiddling around, all of a sudden the motor set into motion, slowly revolving at first, ever gaining in momentum, until reaching cruising speed - magic moments!
This is not a first in the typosphere: please read
here http://writingball.blogspot.com/2011/02/executive-decision.html for Richard's IBM Executive, and
http://vintagetechobsessions.blogspot.ch/2013/02/ibm-model-c-executive-beast.html for another, slightly different model of these truly impressive beasts of burden.