Name: Sheaffer Targa 1009 Classic Fountain Pen
Maker: Sheaffer, USA c1996
Colour: Gold Barleycorn Pattern
Material: 23ct Gold Electroplated Gold Trim
Nib: 14k Gold Nib - Fine
Filling System: Sheaffer Aerometric Ink Converter Included
Condition: Near Mint
First produced in 1976 the "Targa by Sheaffer" owes its name to the Targa Florio, an open road endurance race held near Palermo Sicily. Founded in 1906 it was one of the oldest sports car racing events until it was stopped in 1977, it is now run as a rallying event.
Genesis was the name originally chosen for the model but just before the launch it was changed to Targa. This changed happened because it was pointed out that sales in the middle east could be compromised with the name Genesis.
The targa fitted with the iconic inlaid nib has been sold in over 70 different finishes, a total of around 120 fountain pens in classic and slimline. The classic fountain pen was the first size made in 1976,with trends in the early eighties leaning towards a sleeker look the slim model was introduced in 1982.
Here we have model 1009 in timless electroplated gold Barleycorn finish a 14 carat solid gold fine nib. The deep cut barleycorn pattern puts this Targa model into a class of its own. The pen comes serviced with its original instruction booklet, housed in its original Sheaffer Targa hardcase with aerometric ink converter installed and ready to write.
There are no major imperfections to note, no chips splits or engravings.
The pen does show signs of occasional use, there are micro-scratches to the gold plating and the cap, barrel however these are only evident under bright lighting closeup, the overall functionality and presentation of the pen is superb.
The nib is a lovely smooth inlaid 14k gold fne nib. Sheaffer targa nibs are renowned for their excellent quality, this nib is no exception.
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Length capped: 135mm
Length posted: Not recommended
Barrel length inc nib: 120mm
Cap length: 61mm
Barrel diameter: 10.5mm
Cap diameter: 10.5mm