Up for sale is one of the rarest
Apple computers you'll find. This is a prototype/clear Macintosh Portable
(M5126) backlit. I've been collecting for many years now and only know of four
of these left in the world. All of which, based on my knowledge, exist in
private collections i.e. Lonnie Mimm's, an individual in Europe, this one, my
personal collection. This is one of my favorite Apple computers and the fact
this is a clear prototype make is unbelievably rare. The chances of one of
these coming up for sale again are very low.
What's special about
- Clear shot case [see photos 1-9]
- Missing serial number[see photos 1-3]
- Keyboard labeled K176 [see photo
- Clear rear cover and battery tray
[see photos 5, 9]
- One tab on the rear that holds the
top case down is broken and unable to belocated [see photo 5-9]
Work performed to Portable:
- Battery rebuilt
- Removed all plastic components to
clean thoroughly and removed any/all debris from unit
- Mouse trackball removed/cleaned
- Macintosh Portable specific
- Macintosh Portable specific (not
PowerBook 100) charger
History of the unit
The engineer I bought this from worked on the Macintosh Portable project. Another buddy of his, who also worked on the project and was leaving the Apple, said he planned on throwing this prototype out. The person I bought this from literally found it in his buddies trash before he left Apple. The engineer I bought this from kept it in his office until he left Apple and kept it
safe for 28 years.
Shipping in theUSis free
and will be fully insured. International shipping is also through FedEx but is
a flat fee and will be fully insured.I will refund any amount over $5 USD for international shipping. In my experience, it's easier to refund shipping rather than ask for more money after a sale. Because of the value of the item, its size/weight, I want to be sure I cover all shipping costs to ensure this very special machine makes it to it's final destination.
No returns are accepted on this
unit. All sales are final. I have described this item to the best of my
ability. Please ask any/all questions prior to placing an offer or purchasing;
do not assume ANYTHING. Should any issues arise, please contact me and I will
do my best to resolve them.
All import/duties are the
responsibility of the buyer; they are not included in the price of this
This is a
vintage computer. I've tested it to the best of my ability and it's been
restored where necessary. This is an as is sale, for a 28 year old computer.
Please understand I cannot control what happens during shipping. Believe me, as
a collector, I will do everything in my power to make sure this item ships as
safely as possible. This Portable was tested with the original hard
Please only offer on this item if you
intend on paying for it, should you win. This item is being relisted because of
non-paying buyer(s). Should someone not finalize this transaction, after placing a winning offer/offer, I will file a non-paying buyer case with .