Name: Sheaffer Targa 1034 Classic Fountain Pen
Maker: Sheaffer, USA
Material: Hand Lacquered with Electroplated Gold Trim
Nib: 14k Gold Nib - Fine
Filling System: Sheaffer Aerometric Ink Converter Compatible / Sheaffer Cartridges
Condition: Very Good
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 1032 in Tortoiseshell finish with 23 carat gold electroplated trim and a 14 carat solid gold fine nib. The depth and quality of this finish is a result of being individually hand lacquered 14 times and polished, also by hand, to a deep, luminous glow. The pen comes serviced and ready to write, though without an ink converter installed, and boxed in Sheaffer black softcase.
There are no major imperfections to note, no chips splits or engravings.
The pen does show signs of regular use, there are micro-scratches throughout the cap, barrel and gold trim, and the section shows wear in the form of scratching also. That said the lacquered finish is still bright and beautiful to behold.
The nib is a lovely smooth inlaid 14k gold fine 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