View Full Version : Selling old 1970's IBM System 32 Mini Computer

November 14th, 2011, 05:55 PM
Greetings, I am selling an old vintage IBM System 32 in non working condition, listed on Ebay on November 14, 2011. Any questions please contact me via email supplied in this forum or via ebay. Thanks. Brian C. Indianapolis, IN

November 15th, 2011, 06:39 PM
THAT?? (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Old-IBM-System-32-Mini-Computer-attached-printer-collector-item-/260894288906?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cbe82ec0a)

Oh boy. Talk about a dinosaur. I have only heard of only two others ever being making it into private hands and that was Abaduck who ran the Corestore. I have not heard from him in years though and his registration has expired and the site is long gone.

For that missing board, he's probably the only person I can think of who would know what exactly is missing. He might even sell it if it's present on his basketcase /32.

Edit: Oh, I see. You're just drifting through to drop an ad and never be heard from again.

November 20th, 2011, 10:20 PM
I wonder if the beer bottles are included with System 32. International Beer Machines, lol.

November 21st, 2011, 07:39 AM
Seven hours to go.
Man, I want that system so badly but it's so far away.

November 21st, 2011, 10:47 AM
only $50?
thats nuts! I really hope someone here swipes it...
I don't know near enough to own a machine and be able to restore it properly.
never mind the lack of space.

November 21st, 2011, 11:55 AM
Auction link for those playing along at home (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Old-IBM-System-32-Mini-Computer-attached-printer-collector-item-/260894288906). It's 3 hours left, $49 starting bid and 0 bids. Can't tell the condition though being in that storage/barn/garage, kinda looks like a little rust? It's in Indianapolis if anyone is local (obviously large iron computers are worth saving but can be a bear to find the right person).

Hope then try again if it doesn't sell though. :-)

November 21st, 2011, 04:30 PM
Well, no bidders this time. Something this big should be relisted, or I suppose if fees are a problem posted on the VCGM (http://marketplace.vintage-computer.com) here for no fees and no percentage taken out of the end sale. Best of luck Brian! You may even want to try cleaning it up a bit. If it turns on it'll be a heck of an easier sale. Some more pics of it cleaner (and without the beer unless some local brew is a bonus) would also do it wonders for sale.

December 7th, 2011, 09:13 PM
You know, Im gonna contact that guy.. its a 5 hour drive for me to pick that up.. Well worth it, even if its non operational, Wouldnt mind donating that to the historical society in town

Ole Juul
December 7th, 2011, 10:35 PM
You know, Im gonna contact that guy.. its a 5 hour drive for me to pick that up.. Well worth it, even if its non operational, Wouldnt mind donating that to the historical society in town

Hurray! A big cheer from me (and probably a few others here). Hope it works out.

December 8th, 2011, 12:13 AM
The System 32 is noteworthy for having pioneered the use of MFM on 8" floppies. The earlier format was for the 3740 and was FM.

December 11th, 2011, 09:18 PM
obviously large iron computers are worth saving but can be a bear to find the right person

Don't you mean they can be a BEER? :p

It's too bad that System 32 had a circuit board removed. If I was that chap, I would have kept it in one piece and set it up in my room! :D
"what's that beside your bed?"
"oh, just System 32".

December 12th, 2011, 09:20 AM
New laptop desk.

January 5th, 2012, 06:47 AM
Does anybody have any idea what one of these would be worth in good condition? The one the seller advertised was very rough but still thought it would have sold at that price?

Just happened to stumble upon the OP's flickr account when searching too and found another picture of the item.


March 7th, 2012, 02:45 PM
I have one that my father leased in 1974 then purchased. We then went to a system/36 in 1984 and now have a AS400. The 32 was still working when last unpluged. It has always been in a office so it is not rusted like the one in this thread. Is it only worth $50.00?

March 7th, 2012, 02:56 PM
Tough ti say, theoretically I think that last one didn't sell for $50 lol but yeah a lot was the presentation (rust, trash surrounding it, obviously you'd be cleanin out some bug or small mammal carcases). Increasing the difficulty is the limited amount of people that have the space to save one vs the price to ship it which would be pretty extreme.

To the right collector it may go for more or if you had documentation, etc with it. Where are you located? That will help spark local interest.

March 7th, 2012, 03:17 PM
My System/32 is located in Jacksonville Florida. I don't believe I have any of the documentation anymore.

March 9th, 2012, 09:24 AM
It sounds like it's in pretty good condition then, might be worth a call to a local museum perhaps?

March 10th, 2012, 09:31 AM
Can anyone recommend a museum that would want a Sys/32 near Jacksonville, Florida?

May 21st, 2013, 05:52 AM
what happened to the System 32? I have a soft spot for old computer that need work!

May 21st, 2013, 07:58 AM
He has not been here for two years. He and the computer are long gone.