Take classic 1950s Art Deco style, combined with simple and solid mechanicals, and you have the Smith Corona Sterling. There’s nothing fancy about this typewriter, it just works. The round corners and green keys make this an inviting machine. Your fingers naturally fall into the deep cups of the keys. And when you start typing, the typebars move with a surprising lightness. When you flip this typewriter over, you can see why. There’s not much there! It has exactly what it needs to work, nothing more. Which means that after these many decades, it still works like the day it was purchased. Because it types so effortlessly, this is a real speed demon, like one of those 1950s roadsters. The carriage return lever has a nice curve to it and sticks out far and has a big paddle on the end. When the words are flying, you can’t miss this thing, unlike other portables which tend to minimize this lever.