The very first personal computers - How many are left?

From: Michael Holley <>
Date: Tue Apr 8 22:59:00 2003

I am a Southwest Technical Products 6800 collector and I normally define the
first personal computers as those made before mid 1977. (You could be strict
and say they had to introduced in 1975.) Almost all of these were only
available in kit form. Even the Apple 1 and KIM required you to build a
power supply.

In mid 1977 the Apple II , the PET and the TRS 80 brought personal computers
to those who did not know which end of a soldering iron you held.

I don't know how many SWTPC 6800 were made, I still have 3. SWTPC never have
a large market share but lasted longer than most of the early companies.
They made computers until the mid 1980s.

Michael Holley

>From: "The Design Fort DTP" <>
>Hi all,
>One thing I was always interested in - and the visitors in my Computer
>Museum often want to know - is how many of the very first personal
>are still in existence. By first PCs I mean the following machines:
>Kenbak 1
>Scelbi 8h
>IBM 5100
>Apple 1
>Altair 8800
>IMSAI 8080
Received on Tue Apr 08 2003 - 22:59:00 BST

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