Apple Co-Founder Steve Woz Selling Extremely Rare 128K Mac Prototype For $100,000? [Updated]

Apple Co-Founder Steve Woz Selling Extremely Rare 128K Mac Prototype For $100,000? [Updated]

Remember the Mac 128K prototype with the 5.25-inch ‘Twiggy’ drive? Our own Adam Rosen showed you the prototype in detail several months ago, and a model has now surfaced on eBay. The cost to own this piece of Apple history? $100,000. What’s even more interesting about this item is the seller. Looks like Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak might be cleaning out his closet.

Production Mac models used 3.5-inch 400k floppy disk drives, a format Apple largely introduced to the world. This pre-production system used the proprietary Apple Twiggy 5.25-inch disk format, which was notoriously unreliable and eventually shelved in the Lisa 2 in favor of 3.5-inch disks. No shipping Macs were ever released using 5.25-inch internal disk drives.

He says he has the only completed Twiggy drive machine in existence, and considering his history with Apple, he’s probably right. He says, “The computer and keyboard are authentic and original, dated 1982-83.” Plenty of pictures are attached to the posting, including a copy of the patent for the Mac’s housing shell. Like all 128K and 512K Macs, the original Macintosh team’s signatures are emblazoned on the inside mold of the computer’s shell.

Bidding starts at $99,995.00. It will be interesting to see how quickly this thing gets snatched up. We’ve reached out to Woz for comment.

Update: After further investigation, this eBay seller appears to be Woz, but there’s a chance it could be a faker. The location of the seller says Canada, and Woz did attend school in Canada for a time, but we’re waiting to hear back from the seller and/or Woz. Hang tight.

Update 2: Whoever the seller is, looks like he has quite the closet to clean out.

Update 3: No Woz here, folks. Move along.

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  • WardC

    I would rather have a working clear-case Macintosh Portable prototype any day. Been searching for one of these for awhile, last one I saw on eBay was around 2006 and went for around $7,500.

  • mr_bee

    If it isn’t Woz, it’s probably one of those “this collector has died,” sales. That’s a lot of stuff.

  • RetroMacCast

    This person has been selling some interest Apple stuff for a long time. It’s not Woz though — Woz would just donate the stuff to a museum if it were.

  • mukhan

    Steve W’s lat name ends in K, not in c as the ebay seller’s id.

  • Eddy Suwito

    Hi all i’m willing to be steve as i’m from http://www.socialmediadvertise.com

  • Jim_Cancil

    I still have my Classic II. I turn it on every couple of years to remind me what I thought was a great thing – at the time. Jim

  • zviivz

    From the ebay page:
    * Please note: I am not Steve Wozniak, nor am I attempting to impersonate him. My eBay ID is “wozniac”, not “wozniak”.
    I have had this eBay ID since 2007. Also, I live in Canada. Steve Wozniak (co-founder of Apple, Inc.) lives in the USA.
    My sincere apologies to you Steve, if this listing causes you any problems. Cheers!

  • abeles

    WardC, if you’re serious about acquiring one, please let me know. At some point, I will sell one of these two: http://www.flickr.com/photos/abeles/sets/72157623108181235/ and http://www.flickr.com/photos/abeles/sets/72157623232813530/

  • Abdul Vahid V

    Please note: I am not Steve Wozniak, nor am I attempting to impersonate him. My eBay ID is “wozniac”, not “wozniak”.
    I have had this eBay ID since 2007. Also, I live in Canada. Steve Wozniak (co-founder of Apple, Inc.) lives in the USA.
    My sincere apologies to you Steve, if this listing causes you any problems. Cheers!

    hi, make your updates faster..

  • Apple_II_Forever

    This Mac was given to an engraver who made award medallions for Apple. He held onto it until recently when he sold it for way, way less than the current eBay price. The person buying it posted this on AppleFritter: http://www.applefritter.com/content/macintosh-128k-prototype-twiggy-drive

    He sold it very shortly after, presumably to the current eBay seller.

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