FS: Minolta Autocord with improved focusing lever.
For sale is my Minolta Autocord with a much improved, stronger focusing lever and a nice dark green leatherette. Serial number is 166816. Viewing lens is a Rokkor 75mm 3.2, and the taking lens is a Chiyoko Rokkor 75mm 3.5. The shutter is a Seikosha MX. If my research on the internet is correct, I believe this model came out in 1958.
The shutter speeds are accurate and the lenses are nice and clear with no oil on the aperture blades. The body is in great shape, there is a little bit of rust on the silver metal bar that runs under the bottom of the camera and some of the black paint on the sides of the camera has worn out but nothing out of the ordinary. I also took the liberty of flocking the inside of the camera (photo 5) to pretty much eliminate flare. (You'll still need to use a lens shade.)
I bought it in 2009 and with a lot of Autocords, the focusing ring broke and all I had to work with was a metal stub for focusing. On Ebay I found someone who was selling a focusing lever that he had made himself. I purchased it and sent it along with the Autocord to Dean Williams (now retired) in Idaho in January 2010 to replace the lever and do a basic CLA. Dean not only did camera repairs he is a machinist. The new focusing lever fit but it rested closer against the body of the camera than the original lever so he trimmed down part of the metal bars near the bottom of the camera so now the focusing lever moves freely and smoothly. This is a much nicer lever than the original, much stronger. When I got it back I replaced the black leatherette with a dark green leatherette from cameraleather.com.
Autocords are one of only two tlrs (I think. The other was the Ricohmatic 225) that unexposed film moves from the top of the camera to the bottom insuring film flatness. I've taken a lot of nice images with this camera and I think you will be impressed with its sharpness and great bokeh. Original Autocord lens cap included.
This camera is ready to go out of the box. $280 via Paypal which includes shipping within in the U.S. and $300 for First Class International Postage.