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For sale: Race the Clock 1955 Rare and Old


By Tecmo89

89 days ago



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#1 89 days ago

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$ 2,500 (OBO)

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For sale: Race the Clock 1955 Rare and Old

Added: July 24th, 2019 Ended: July 24th, 2019
Condition: As is

Item description

I will update this listing with more info as I find more info.


First I would like to say this pinball machine has been owned by our family for just over 40 years, I was always told it didn’t work, I repaired just the plug end, have not touched anything else on the machine and it does turn on.


Let’s start with how many are in existence. Including this one, I have found a total of 5 that are somewhat verified. 3 are in Europe from the website pinballowners, the 4th is a registered serial number from years ago on the Internet Pinball Serial Number Database and then there’s mine. There is very little information found for this machine and no for sale ads old or new.


Next I would like to point out this is the first 4 player pinball by Williams. This machine was one of the more expensive machines back in the day. I did find a flyer showing it was $225, compared to other machines that barely sold for $100. Inflation today would’ve put that at about $2100, not bad. I will upload the flyer picture shortly.


The serial number is 80163, so it is the 163 machine made I would assume. I can’t imagine to many of these were made. Other machines by the same company the same year or year after only had 500-700 made. I can only assume there was at max 500 made.


This machine does have a extra option, which is shown in another original flyer I found which I will upload as soon as possible. It has 2 coin chutes, a 10 cent chute and a 25 cent chute. It was made both ways this year, single chute or the double chute.


Any questions feel free to ask. This obviously a collectors piece for a museum and/or restoration.


Buyer is responsible for shipping costs, shipping and handling. I will assist where I can in getting it prepared for shipping.


Shipping costs is not free, please do your research and be prepared with shipping arrangements. It may say free shipping because when making the listing I have to selected something. I repeat, buyer is responsible for shipping costs.


Local pickup available.


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#2 89 days ago

Um- the game is covered in contact paper, missing front lockdown bar, missing side backglass rails, flaking backglass….I'd say you are very high in your asking price.....just being realistic....

#3 89 days ago

I am not one that typically comments about "asking price" of a machine but a realistic price for your machine fully working would likely be around $500 and that would be a machine with a decent backglass and decent original cabinet art. In the cosmetic condition your machine is in - unless someone really wants that title - my guess would be $300 to $350 max.

You are correct about them not making very many - less than 700 total according to information I could find on it. But low production number does not make it worth more just harder to find if someone really wants that title.

You have 3 things working against you at this point. First is cosmetic condition of your machine, second is low demand for earlier EM pinball machines these days, and lastly they likely didn't make many because it didn't sell well when they made it so that basically says people didn't like it.

I have owned machines they made less than 400 of that were some of the hardest machines I ever sold. I actually owned 3 of one machine they only made 390 of and had a heck of a time selling any of them. There is a reason pinball companies made less of some titles and typically that reason is the machine wasn't that good and most people didn't want it.

In a free market economy buyers actually set the value of something. Sellers are free to ask what ever they want for an item but that item is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it. Best of luck with your sale but I just wanted to give you some realistic expectations as far as value. Someone might prove me wrong but if you get a decent serious offer on it I would sell it as fast as possible.

#4 89 days ago

My 2 cents, tecmo89 , unlike collectible items that are simply held onto or looked at such as artwork, where I imagine rarity is a great value enhancer, pinball machines are valued in large part as a recreational item where the level of enjoyment from playing enhances value. Artwork and condition issues can certainly detract from or add to that value, and that is often where those factors come into play. At least that’s the way I generally look at it.

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