Dude Scores 30 Year Old Virgin Commodore Amiga 2000 New In Box
Longing for those days of yesteryear, questing and conquering in Defender of The Crown? Or perhaps you miss that fast-paced platform action, snuffing out Aliens in Another World? You're not alone; Glenn had the itch too. Commodore Amiga Facebook group member Glenn, (and we'll leave it at that so you're not tempted to ring him up for a retro therapy session), was fortunate enough to stumble upon a machine that could quite literally take him back in time, circa 1985, maybe 87ish, otherwise known as the glory days of Commodore's Amiga personal computer. Rocking a Motorola 68000 processor, 256kB of ROM, 256kB of RAM and a cutting-edge 3.5-inch floppy drive, back in the day, the Amiga 2000 was all that and a six pack of Dr Pepper. But see Glenn, he's the fortunate type.
However, very much unlike that total badass, workhorse, drive shaft-balancing Commodore C64 we showed you not long ago, Glenn found a beautifully pristine, never used, abused, ridden hard or put away wet Amiga 2000.
The world was moving and she was right there with it - and she was... brand spankin new and still in the box.
As one might expect, Glenn is a collector of vintage computers. He is building a proper collection actually but this particular acquisition was special. Glenn is from the UK and a friend of his from Manchester England contacted him with respect to his possible interest in buying an Amiga PC. They were selling it as part of a house clearance for a friend who bought it but never actually used the machine. Look at those shiny screws, the utter lack of dust in its power supply fans, heck even the PSU power switch is still in the off position.
As time went on, eventually the gentlemen that owned the Amiga passed away, never actually firing up the machine and his wife simply would not sell it. Eventually, his wife passed away as well and when it came time to liquidate the couple's estate, Glenn was called in - aficionado of all things vintage computing that he is - to consider the notion of taking the machine off the hands of the executor for a price.
Inside the Commodore Amiga 2000 with Zorrro II and ISA slots
Credit Wikimedia user:Morn
Glenn paid £200.00 for the machine including its monitor, or about $248 US. If you scan internet etailers and auction sites for old Amiga 2000 machines, you'll find they go for about $250 - $300 or so, but those machines likely aren't as pristine as Glenn's 30 year old virgin.
The Amiga 2000 was one of the first personal computers, similar to IBM PC compatibles with a separate desktop chassis and keyboard, to offer a full video slot for add-on video cards via its Zorro subsystem expansion bus controller. The machine offered autoconfig address space assigning for plugin cards, similar to "plug and play." Or was that plug and pray? Ahh, the good ol' days. The Commodore Amiga 2000 also had two 16-bit and two 8-bit ISA slots and offered potent graphics performance. In addition, it had two 3.5-inch bays as well as a single 5.25-inch bay, a CPU upgrade slot and the aforementioned video slot. It was the quite literally the advent of the expandable, upgradable PC.