This 25-Year-Old Computer Just Sold For $30,000 On eBay

This 25-Year-Old Computer Just Sold for $US23,000 on eBay

The Apple 1 is the most sought after collector piece of computing hardware. It is the Action Comics No. 1 of retro computing. The first appearance of Superman. The one that started it all. But if there was to be a No. 2, it would be this guy — the Commodore 65.

Although it doesn't have the meteoric sales numbers like the Apple 1, it is almost on par in rarity. Only 50 to 200 Commodore 65 (also known as Commodore 64DX) still exist. This prototype, created in 1990, "was intended to be the last great 8-bit system," according to Hackaday's Brian Benchoff, who spotted the original eBay listing.

That eBay listing just ended with a top bid of US$23,000 — about $30,000 at current exchange rates.

This 25-Year-Old Computer Just Sold for $US23,000 on eBay

The C65 start screen

The Commodore 65 in action

The C65 was meant to be backwards compatible with the C64 but also provide Amiga-level features of the time. The project began in late 1990 but was soon canceled. When Commodore was liquidated years later, some C65 computers were sold to the public, mostly likely the same machines circulating on auction websites today.

You can read more about this tech relic from this dedicated page (which looks like it's as old as the computer itself). [Hackday]


Comments

    Looks a bit like an old TI99/4a!

    Vintage computing appears to be taking off in the marketplace, with Gen Xers approaching their nostalgic middle age (including myself). I've recently been looking for old 486DX and Pentium '1's for DOS gaming, and finding good ones has been harder than expected. Bidding for some systems on eBay have approached $100 lately - instead of the $10 maximum I was aiming for.

      Dosbox

        Dosbox is great, but there is twisted enjoyment from making boot floppies and using a Microsoft ball mouse :) CRTs also handle multiple res scaling much better than LCDs

          yeah microsoft ball mouse great for clogging up with crap needed cleaning quite often lol but it was fun back then.

      my first first pc was a AMd 386dx66 massive2 meg of ram 100 meg Hdd i did have fun on it though and my fave game back then 1993 was day of the tentacle and some appogee games.

    I'm glad to see the C65 was so progressive in showing support for the LGBT community

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