Vic 20

The newest addition to my collection will be my first entry into this new section of my blog, which I will be coming back to as I have chance to test and catalogue each entry. I picked up this Vic 20 from a very nice man called Andrew who owned it since he bought it brand new so it’s been in a good home.

Vic 20

My Vic 20


The initial switching on was worrying as the switch needed a fair bit of pressure to turn on, but the Vic 20 is definitely working. A tape drive came with the Vic 20 so I proceeded to load up Matrix, the sequel to Jeff  Minter’s Gridrunner. Unfortunately Gridrunner had Error in 1000 and that was on both sides.

I then attempted to load Road Frog which did work, so all is good.

Initial Vic 20 Screen

The next image is really for reference as it isn’t clear how the power supply and the RF modulator was supposed to go in.


The end of the top polystyrene is unfortunately broken. I’m going to see if there is any glue that would be best to try and salvage the packaging.

The outer packaging, slight tear to the corner.

Serial number 48286. At the time of writing I’m not sure how many are out there, but there is an article stating the at it’s peak 9,000 units came off the production line. With a life span between 1981 to 1985 with the peak in 1983, this could be one of the earlier ones.
The tape deck and power supply.



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