Commodore 64 – Silver Label model

When Commodore first made the Commodore 64 (C64) available, it put out this version which is known as the “silver label” model

because of the distinctively different top silver label and the stylized “64 “power light label.  A short time after launch, a defect was found, that prompted a recall.  When a C64 was fixed, the labels were replaced with the newer rainbow label and the normal power label.

These “silver labels” did not get recalled and they are somewhat rare as a reported 80,000 units were made with the silver labels but most of those got recalled and fixed.

These have been collected over some time.  The models who’s serial numbers start with “C” are made in Canada despite some of the paper labels that may have come off.  The unit that starts with a “S” is from the USA.  So there is a mix of Canadian and American models.  You’ll note that my latest Canadian model has a main silver label but the new “Power” label.  I found this particular model with a rainbow label originally and I noticed it was a little higher than the normal labels so I removed the rainbow label and found the silver label underneath.  It was a fortunate find but was in the silver label serial number range so that’s why I suspected it might have a silver label.

Without further ado, here are some pics:


Serial No Top Internals Bottom
C272478 * Motherboard appears to have been replaced

Here is a picture of the typical early power supply on North American Silver Label computers in case anyone needs to match one up.

C64 Silver Label power supply


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2 Responses

  1. Frank M says:

    What about the ones made in Germany (PAL)? I just got one of those.

    • admin says:

      Unfortunately, I don’t have any in my collection at the moment but at some point I will try to get a European silver label C64.

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