"What's the value of my typewriter?" This question is so common that it recently spawned its own Facebook group where collectors and typewriter enthusiasts offer their guesses as to the value of various typewriters. And if you've spent any amount in online forums of typewriter collectors, you have likely seen folks directed to this excellent blog post by Will Davis.
Folding Corona prices vary widely based on a number of important factors. These factors include but are not limited to:
Color and style
Year of manufacture
Keyboard (foreign, apothecary, etc.)
Type style (pica, elite, italic, double gothic, etc.)
Accessories (rest key, oiler, brush, etc.)
As you can see, there are at least a dozen variables that influence the value of Folding Coronas. On the low end, a rusty, nonworking machine may be sold for parts and fetch $50. On the upper end, a blue Corona Special in excellent condition with case and original accessories could easily sell for more than $1000.
At the beginning of 2021, I began keeping a spreadsheet to track all final sale prices for eBay auctions of Folding Coronas. I emphasize the word "auction" because Buy It Now sale prices don't always accurately reflect market values.
Excluding parts-only machines, here are the average winning bids (including shipping) from eBay auctions for 1915-1922 Corona 3 typewriters sold in the United States in 2021:
The colorful Corona Specials tend to attract the highest bids. In 2021, the average auction prices plus shipping were: