Need Help Identifying An Old Mac

Discussion in 'Apple Collectors' started by Adam Chase, Oct 8, 2005.

  1. Adam Chase macrumors member

    Oct 8, 2005
    well guys i was recently going through my parents work shop and came upon this

    and a whole slew of other old macs but this on looked the oldest. How old do you think it is? and does it have any value. Not that im gunna sell it im just wondering. And that serial # since it says m00001 does that mean it was the first of that model?
  2. homerjward macrumors 68030


    May 11, 2004
    fig tree
    judging by the model number, i'd say it's an original macintosh. (the M00001 is the model # not the serial)
  3. Adam Chase thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 8, 2005
    an original mac?? so like the first model of mac ever built?
  4. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

    May 2, 2005

    Acc'd to MacTracker and the M0001 number, it's a 128k Mac.. code named "Macintosh"
    Intro'd Jan 1984, discontinued in October 1985

    like.. yea. Worth A LOT.
    if you can find a buyer you might be able to sell it and get a new car with the cash.
    HOLD ON TO THAT BABY! I want one!
  5. Adam Chase thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 8, 2005
    k are you being sarcastic... please i didnt come here to be made fun of or anything im just alittle curious
  6. mikemodena macrumors 6502a


    May 30, 2005
    I think he is serious.. I don't know of too many of those floating around.. it is quite possibly worth a lot of $$$
  7. elfin buddy macrumors 6502a

    elfin buddy

    Sep 16, 2001
    Tuttlingen, Germany
    Nice find

    Yes, it's definitely an original Mac. But it probably won't get you a new car. There are plenty of 512k Macs still around, but the 128k is indeed rare.

    If you still have the mouse, keyboard, and other things, you could probably get a few hundred for it. Look up "Mac 128k" on eBay and you'll see similar things going for a few hundred USD.

    However...if you find a particularly faithful Mac user, there's no telling what they might pay for one of these.... ;)
  8. Adam Chase thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 8, 2005

    yes i do have all the stuff and i just plugged her in and she runs fine.. but i have no plans on selling it and im sure my dad was keeping it for a reason..
  9. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

    May 2, 2005

    ok, fine. A really, really CHEAP used-but-new-to-you car... or a totally sweet bicycle. Whichever. :p
  10. ReanimationLP macrumors 68030


    Jan 8, 2005
    On the moon.
    Man... I wish I found something cool in my dads stuff.

    Nothing but Beegees albums. Eww.
  11. rainman::|:| macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2002
    Lucky you. I got to hold one once. Of course the amount it's worth is based on condition-- original keyboard, mouse, software, and most importantly-- does it boot? Tho I'd be afraid to flip the switch :eek:

    Good luck with it... Don't try to clean it yourself unless you know something about plastics, as it'll likely discolor and ruin the case, which is of course, not good.
  12. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

    Lord Blackadder

    May 7, 2004
    Sod off
    Looks like you've got an original 128k Macintosh, the first of the breed.

    I remember a few years back when the 128's were still pretty cheap, now they are getting tougher to find.

    Value of these machines depends heavily on what kind of peripherals and software you have as well as the physical condition, which in your case looks average. Peripherals are harder to find than the boxes, and software is scarce too.

    I saw one auction a few years ago for a 128k with original packaging, software, peripherals and a carrying case. It fetched something in the low thousands, but even today that is an exception. Don't get me wrong - that's definitely a keeper you've got - but don't expect to make a fortune selling it either.
  13. Dane D. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 16, 2004
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    Macintosh 128k
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    CPU: Motorola MC68000

    CPU Speed: 8 MHz

    FPU: none

    Bus Speed: 8 MHz

    Data Path: 16 bit

    ROM: 64 kB

    Onboard RAM: 128 kB

    Maximum RAM: 128 kB


    Monitor: 9" built-in

    VRAM: 1 bit 512x342


    Floppy Drive: 3.5" 400 kB


    Serial: 2

    Audio Out: mono 8 bit

    Speaker: mono


    Codename: Macintosh

    Gestalt ID: 1

    Power: 60 Watts

    Dimensions: 13.6" H x 9.6" W x 10.9" D

    Weight: 16.5 lbs.

    Minimum OS: 1.0

    Maximum OS: System 3.2/Finder 5.3

    Introduced: January 1984

    Terminated: October 1985

    Released with much fanfare in January of 1984, the Macintosh was the first affordable computer to include a Graphical User Interface. It was built around the new Motorola 68000 chip, which was significantly faster than previous processors, running at 8 MHz. The Mac came in a small beige case with a black and white monitor built in. It came with a keyboard and mouse, and had a floppy drive that took 400 kB 3.5" disks--the first personal computer to do so. It originally sold for $2,495. Thanks to Eric Rasmussen For OS info.

    Picture Credits:
    John Greenleigh/Flipside Studios

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