Unreleased 'Commodore 65' Prototype Up For Auction On eBay

Commodore-65-Prototype-on-eBayAs far as gaming hardware goes, there are very few items out there that will stun retro gamers on sight. The arrival of an unreleased Commodore 65 (that’s right, sixty-five) prototype on eBay, however, will no doubt leave plenty of 8-bit fans counting their pennies and considering a bid.

To cut things short, Commodore was hoping to re-release the Commodore 64 in 1991 with a built in disk drive. This on-board hardware was due to eliminate the slow load times of the existing 1541 disk drive, and thus provide a more reliable alternative to rival hardware. Needless to say by the time the Commodore 65 was ready, the Amiga was proving more popular than 64 and the 8-bit format was slowly fading.

As of today it is understood that only a few finished prototypes of the Commodore 65 remain in existence, surprisingly in full working order. One of these, number 22 according to the device’s serial number, has surfaced on eBay and has already seen a flurry of bids nearing the £8,000 mark. With next to no yellowing on the outer-casing and the promised compatibility with existing Commodore 64 software, don’t be surprised if this gaming relic reaches a phenomenal ending price.

Commodore 65 Prototype in Action

Link: Commodore 65 Prototype on eBay

Source: SD Times


Last Updated ( 11 February 2015 )  

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(Link to this comment) paradiesel82 2015-02-17 23:23
Unfortunately i am just now reading this article. I am a little bit suspicious concerning the authenticity of this item. What bothers me is what is written on the silver label on the C65. There is written "Funkenstört". Either the boys and girls at Commodore suddenly had problems with the german language or its a very bad fake! The correct german word is "Funkentstört". So, there is a "t" missing in what is written on the label.

And i am 99,9% sure that the word is german, because DBP is an old abbrevation for Deutsche Bundespost afaik.

I dont think that the whole C65 is fake, but i could imagine that the label is a fake. Just my two cents.

Would be interesting to know how this mistake is being explained.
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