Do you have a couple hundred grand laying around? If so, there’s a great used machine coming up for auction over the weekend. It’s got a whopping 4KB of RAM, was built in 1976, and—well good luck getting it on the internet.
Oh, did I mention it’s an original Apple I, built in Steve Jobs’ Los Altos, CA garage?
According to the New York Times, this particular Apple I is expected to fetch a price in the neighborhood of $260,000 to $400,000 at auction on Saturday in Germany. So if you’re interested, there’s still time.
Some Stats on Apple I
- Price in 1976: $666.66
- Equivalent number of 64GB MacBook Airs you could buy today, based on the 1976 price: 2.7
- Number of MacBook Airs you could buy for the expected auction price: 260-400
- Processor: MOS Technology 6502, running at 1 MHz
- RAM: 4KB, expandable to 8KB or 48KB (!) with expansion cards
- Buyers had to provide their own case, power supply, keyboard, and tv for display
- To finance the initial run of Apple I computers, Steve Jobs sold his VW Microbus. Steve Wozniak sold his HP-65 calculator.
- Discontinued in October 1977 in favor of the Apple II, which was made until 1993.
Update: According to the Associated Press, the computer sold to an anonymous buyer for a record €516,000 ($668,000).by