A rarity up for auction: a Commodore 65 prototype for 25,000 euros

Both in the history of video games and computing at home, the Commodore 64 has a very prominent role. Released in 1982, just at the time of the great Video Game Crack, it is the best-selling personal computer in history.

And together with the 8-bit compatible of the time such as the ZX Spectrum or the BBC Micro, the C64 or CBM 64 became both a machine to play video games and to learn Computer Science and in which several developers of weight in the industry would learn to program early in their careers.

Commodore 65

When a device is a huge success, its authors immediately start planning the release of its successor. In the case of the C64, Commodore International began work on the Commodore 65, the next model after the C64. -in fact it was also known as the C64DX. After almost a decade of selling well, finally in 1989 the C64 began to decline in sales -Nintendo and its NES had much of this by cornering the video game market.

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Thus the C65 was planned as an improved version of the C64 and also backward compatible with all the programs and games of the previous one, while offering several advanced features to stand up to Amiga teams as well.

But as is often the case in computing history, not all projects come to fruition: In the late 1990s the decision was made to create the C65, but the project was canceled by Commodore president Irving Gould in 1991. When Commodore International closed in 1994several prototypes were sold on the open market, so a few really lucky people own a Commodore 65.

As the C65 project was cancelled, CBM’s last 8-bit offering was the 1985 Commodore 128, triple-mode, 1-2 MHz, 128 KB (expandable), and C64-compatible.

A rarity for 25,000 euros

And today, 30 years later, someone who is a big fan of that wonderful computing and gaming era has the opportunity to get one of those rarities that give a collection shine: a working Commodore 65 prototype that is auctioned through eBay. And also very strange, because it is an Alpha unit developed between 1989 and 1991 that mounts an unusual casing, because instead of having the usual rough plastic, its finish is smooth and shiny.

According to the description offered by the seller, the computer is in good condition, the plastic has not turned yellow despite the passage of time. It only has a few light scratches, and it lacks the texts ‘power’ and ‘drive’, although the latter is a design feature that increases its rarity.

Right now the auction is going for almost $28,000, which means more than 25,000 euros to change. The auctioneer has updated the ad noting that if the bids reach $50,000 he will add another item to the lot: a monkeyr.