Vintage used machines from my collection currently for sale:
Gottlieb Fashion Show
Built in 1962, 2675 units produced. This 2-player machine is in very nice order throughout and features the legendary Gottlieb artwork designer Roy Parker’s artwork. This is an attractive looking machine that would grace any games room. Fully overhauled with new service items, new chrome legs, and more. Guide price £4250.00; scheduled release date October 2018.
- Williams Skill Pool
Built in 1963, 2250 units produced. This very nice looking pool-based machine features comedy artwork on its play-field and is a challenging game to play too. Very original throughout, save for re-painted legs and front door. Fully overhauled with new service items throughout. Guide price £3995.00; scheduled release date October 2018.
- Gottlieb Abra Ca Dabra
Built in 1975, 2825 units produced. This is a very sought after machine for both collectors and players alike. 2 rows of drop-targets make for some challenging game play. This example is very original throughout with just some new legs and bright-work refurbishment done to it. Fully overhauled with new service parts. Guide price £8995.00; scheduled release date October 2018.
- Gottlieb Central Park
Built in 1966, 3100 units produced. Here is one of the most iconic animated machines built by Gottlieb. It features a monkey striking a bell in the head of the machine, every time 100 points is scored. So it’s not only fun to watch but also noisy to boot! This example is in original condition throughout, save for new chrome legs and some bright-work which has been re-chromed. Fully overhauled with new service items. Guide price £5995.00; scheduled release date October 2018.
- Williams Pharaoh
Although this is a solid state type machine, I bought this many years ago, to complete my collection of the 4 Williams twin play-field models made in this series. These were notorious for being unreliable to their very frail circuit boards. This one, however, features new ‘Rottendog’ circuit boards so as to make it both reliable and repairable in the 21st century. A great machine with ‘Magnasave’ feature where the ball can be stopped in its tracks were it about to drain to either side of the flippers. Great fun and it talks to you too! This example is very nice with good back-glass, cabinet and play-field. Very scarce and collectable. Guide price £8250.00; scheduled release date October 2018.
- Gottlieb Flying Carpet
Built in 1972, 3170 units produced. Very nice and original throughout. Simple enough to play and enjoy, with targets to hit to spell its name. A great family game. Fully overhauled with new service items, chrome legs, and other bright-work items re-plated where required. An ideal 1st machine for any games-room. Guide price £3500, scheduled release date November 2018.
- Gottlieb Queen of Hearts
Built in 1952, 2200 units produced. This machine is said to be, by its designer, Mr Wayne Neyens, his favourite of the games that he designed. If you look this on up on the internet, you might well see why. It is a really pretty wood-rail machine with lots of features. This is perhaps one of the rarest machines left in existence today and very collectable. This example is now 66 years old and yes, there is some wear on it, but it’s complete [it even retains its original Heath coin mech!] all there, has a pretty good, original back-glass [new silk-screen reproductions are currently available too] In my opinion, it would be a shame to give it a full, in-depth restoration because of its age and rarity so the plan is to just overhaul it, clean it and play it. There is of course no reason why it could not be made to look like a machine that was recently produced but that is up to its next owner! Guide price £15,000.00. Scheduled release date March 2019.
- Gottlieb Flipper parade
Built in 1961, 1500 units produced. This is an animated head, add-a-ball machine, one of the series of ‘Flipper’ machines made by Gottleib in the early 1960’s. This example is receiving a major refurbishment with a brand new Silk-screened back-glass, new playfield plastics, new cabinet artwork to original factory specification, new chrome, and more. Fully overhauled with new service kits throughout. This will be a very nice looking and playing collectable machine, a real must for any gamesroom. Very few decent examples exist nowadays. Guide price £10995.00; scheduled release date February 2019.
Pinball machines in the restoration queue for 2018/19:
- Magic City
Built in 1967, 2675 units produced. An iconic and very sought after machine. This shall be fitted with a new back-glass, chrome legs and more. Restored cabinet artwork too to make this a great addition to your games-room. Magic city is a prized machine because of its game-play rules and having an unusual play-field layout where there is a pop-bumper between the flippers, its a fast and furious machine to play and beat. It is said that Magic City was to feature a revolving light disk behind the backglasses’ image of a fountain so as to give of different colours as it turned. Sadly, the production costs were deemed too high so this feature was abandoned. But, there is no reason to think that this couldn’t be introduced onto this machine so it is planned to build such a unit for this machine and perhaps also sell this as a update kit for other owners of the game. Watch this space, as they say..
- Add a Ball
Built in 1961, this is a very unusual game because of its name. Both arcade operators and players alike were confused because it was not a conventional add-a-ball machine, but one that gave a replay instead. Williams later renamed the machine to Skill Ball using a revised back-glass featuring the new name; nothing else changed on the machine itself. Just 650 Skill Ball machines were built though no production figures are known for Add a ball which makes this machine very rare. To compliment the restoration, this features a brand new silk-screen back-glass and new, custom made, play-field plastics, with of course new legs and brightwork as required.
Built in 1966, 2120 units produced. This machine is the last production machine to feature Roy Parker artwork. It is a 2 player machine with a good play-field layout to keep players This example is in very nice original condition throughout. A family friendly machine where 2 players can compete against each other.
- Target pool
Built in 1969, 2425 units produced. A great players machine with just one pop bumper but a tempting set of play-field targets set out for you to hit, hence the name of the game! This is a machine that will keep you coming back for more, very addictive! This example will feature a brand new back-glass, new chrome, legs, and more.
- Ice revue
Built in 1965, 2050 units produced. This is another colourful looking game, again using Roy Parker artwork, depicting light-animated ballerinas moving around the back-glass as the targets are scored. Two temping ball kick-out holes in the play-field make for careful shooting when the Special is lit. Couple this action with its customary bells and it both sounds and looks terrific.
- Spin a Card
Built in1969, 2650 units produced. A nice game and good to play because of the light-spinning cards displayed in the backglass. The ball has to land in one of two kick-out holes on the playfield to activate this feature. The cards light and spin around in a clockwise fashion and slowly stop on a selected card. And if that card is the one you need to win, bingo! This is in very original condition throughout, and will have new legs and more fitted to enhance its looks. A great machine to both play and admire. This was also the only Gottlieb machine to feature a rectangular head, rather than the usual ‘Wedge-head’ design of its stablemates. There is no firm reason as to why this was done, but I do think it was done in the thinking that if all other machines built after were to use the same style, more machines could be installed in an amusement hall as less floor space would be required!
- Pleasure Isle
Built in 1965, just 235 units produced. Yet another superb Roy Parker animated artwork theme, this is a very desirable and rare machine to have in your games-room. This really is a gem to both look at and play as it’s an add-a-ball game so some high scores can be achieved. And as it’s also a 2 player machine, its a very good family-friendly machine too.
Built in 1957, 2150 units produced. This is an iconic, ‘wood-rail’ machine. Wood-rails were the norm for most pinball machines before the fashion of stainless-steel side cabinet rails were introduced in later years. This then is a machine that your Granddad might well remember playing as a boy. It’s a lovely looking game with the desirable ‘Roto-target’ too. This example shall be fitted with a brand-new silk-screen back-glass, chrome, and more. Although 2150 units were produced, there are not many left, certainly not in Europe.
To reserve any of these machines, or to enquire for more information, please get in touch. Please note too that all machines shall be supplied with a schematic diagramme, operating manual [where possible] spare bulbs, fuses, etc.
All the above machines can be looked up on the Internet Pinball Database; just type the name of the machine into the search box : http://www.ipdb.org/search.pl