This lovely 10MHz home computer, yours for only $3,240

(Credit: eBay/1.mhz)

Nostalgia for vintage PCs knows no bounds. I still have my Apple IIc in storage, and God knows why. But I don’t think I’d spend thousands on a 30-year-old machine like one eBay buyer did.

A bidding war for the rare Texas Instruments TI-99/8 has turned heads among fans of these early PCs. The winning bid of $3,240 was also unusually high for a computer of that era that’s sold on eBay.

The machine is an engineering prototype designed to bolster TI’s precarious position in the brutal home computer wars of the early 1980s.


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It was to be released at CES 1983 before TI ultimately withdrew from the market. Only about 150 prototypes were made, according to 99er.net.

The machine had Extended BASIC II onboard, and came with 64KB of RAM, extendable to 15MB. Talk about power.

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