Gene Roddenberry’s First Mac Plus (Serial # 0001) to be Auctioned [Correction]

| News

[Correction - We have corrected this story in a follow up article. The short version is that this is a Mac 128K that was updated to Mac Plus specs for Mr. Roddenberry by Apple. Read the follow up story for details. We have otherwise left the original story as it was published for reference. - Editor]

Profiles in History announced Thursday that it will be auctioning the first Mac Plus to roll off the assembly line. Given to Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry by Apple as a gift, the unit has the serial number F4200NUM0001 (see photo below). Profiles in History is a firm that specialized in auctioning Hollywood memorabilia.

The firm said that the auction will include a signed letter of provenance from Rod Roddenberry, Gene Roddenberry's son. The Mac is Lot # 626 in the Featured Auction 37, which is being conducted on October 8-9, 2009. Profiles in History estimated the Mac to go for US$800-$1,200.

For the Trek nerds among us, there are a number of uniforms and props from the Star Trek franchise also being offered in the auction.

 

Gene Roddenberry's First Mac Plus
The Mac Plus being auctioned
(Photo courtesy of Profiles in History)

First Mac Plus Serial #
The serial number of the unit
(Photo courtesy of Profiles in History)

Sign Up for the Newsletter

Join the TMO Express Daily Newsletter to get the latest Mac headlines in your e-mail every weekday.

14 Comments Leave Your Own

anon

Am I the only one who thinks that the estimate is grossly undervalued?

OldGuy

Except that is not a picture of a Mac Plus.  The Plus came with a long keyboard, including the number pad. (Although it is certainly possible that Apple did not have the Extended keyboard available when it gave Gene the computer)

iVoid

Isn’t the “M0001” in the serial number a reference to the model number and not indication that this was the first one produced?


The serial number decoder at http://macfaq.org/serial.html seems to agree that the M0001 is the model number indicator in the serial number and also that this is a Mac 128, not a Mac Plus (although there might have been an upgrade from the 128 to Mac+). It is listed as being the 776th made in that particular week:

“Your Macintosh 128 (M0001), with serial number F4200NUM0001, was the 776th manufactured during the 20th week of 1984 in Fremont, CA.”

geoduck

Am I the only one who thinks that the estimate is grossly undervalued?

Oh yeah. I wouldn’t be surprised if SJ, and some of the other ‘old timers’ at Apple jump in and bid it up a long way.

gnasher729

Oh yeah. I wouldn?t be surprised if SJ, and some of the other ?old timers? at Apple jump in and bid it up a long way.

There is the story that Steve Jobs was offered an Apple computer - as in “the computer that came before the Apple II”. 666 built. Most of them destroyed because Apple offered people a brand new Apple II computer as replacement for an original Apple.

And what did Steve Jobs say? “I don’t want it. It was hard enough selling it the first time round”.

iVoid

After looking at the back of the machine pictured on the auction site, I think it is a Mac 128 that was upgraded to a Mac Plus.

The serial number wouldn’t change with a Mac+ upgrade.

It also appears that the power supply board was replaced at some point. smile You’ll notice that the power switch is platinum and not beige. I used to work at an apple dealer and the replacement power supply boards often caused color difference like this.


I’m doubting very much that this was the first Mac Plus off the assembly line. Unless it was the first Mac Plus upgrade kit that rolled off the assembly line. Of course, that would be worth much, much less.

reboot

Any indication as to whether this Mac is functional?

Apple’s old hardware was stuff of legend, but a fishbowl is still a fishbowl no matter who owned it.

reboot

And what did Steve Jobs say? ?I don?t want it. It was hard enough selling it the first time round?.

Jobs hated the Apple II the moment he stepped into Xerox PARC.

Never mind that the old 8-bit would carry Apple for several more years…

mac512e

iVoid is correct, M0001 is a Mac 128k.  The factory Mac Plus was labeled as such on the front bezel and the numeric keypad was integrated into the keyboard .  I’m sure this unit had the Mac Plus upgrade installed.  I just bought the same type of unit on eBay for $100.00:

Your Macintosh 128 (M0001), with serial number F41551LM0001, was the 5834th manufactured during the 15th week of 1984 in Fremont, CA.

Now I can play my old Airborne, MacChallenger, Harrier Strike Mission, etc…

Yeah, I’m an old Mac hand!!

RGKahn

Yes, this a Mac 128, but possibly upgraded to a Plus. Need better view of back of the unit. They replaced to back cover when upgraded as well as the ports in the back to accommodate the SCSI Port.

I have a 512ke at home. Just can’t get rid of it. I am still using my fifth Mac, the last G5 iMac model. Looks like I need to get a new iMac soon. The Mac Plus had the name silkscreened on the front left front cover in line with the internal floppy drive. It could been updated to a 512ke then to a Mac Plus.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

I’m holding out for the first PowerMac 7100, which was given to legendary pothead and prophet of nuclear winter, Carl Sagan.

niki niki

I would buy it for $10.

FlipFriddle

The depressing thing on the label is the “Made in USA” line.

Alas, no longer. All we get is “Designed in California” now. At least the CPUs are still made here.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

@Flip: No offense intended, but “Made in USA” sentiment is idiotic at best. It is a path to poverty. There is nothing patriotic about being poor by choice. Back then, we got a Mac SE with ImageWriter printer for $3200 (1987 dollars). Today, when all our crap is made oversees, look what we get for $3200 (2009 dollars): a friggin supercomputer that fits in your lap and money to buy a supercomputer that fits in your pocket. Apple has this stuff assembled by cheap contract labor and robots because it can be assembled by cheap, contract labor and robots. By moving manufacturing oversees, we free ourselves to climb up the value chain. Econ 101. It even applies to technology.

Log-in to comment