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Holy Grail Washer in Great Shape - For Sale
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Post# 580088   3/3/2012 at 15:51 (2,059 days old) by edz ()        

I'm a total Philistine/barbarian when it comes to vintage washers, so I'd like someone who appreciates these to have my Frigidaire Elite 1-18 washer. I bought it on Craigslist not knowing what it was and I would have preferred something newer (like I said I'm not a vintage washer guy). I've used it for over a year with absolutely no problems - it's in great condition - see the pics. All the buttons I've pushed have worked and even the water level knob works perfectly. It belonged to a now deceased aerospace engineer. His daughter said he kept everything he owned in 'tip-top' shape. I'm moving and will sell it to the best offer received by Thursday March 8th. Bonus - I'll throw in a Frigidaire Fabric Softener Dispenser in the original box - some water damage to the box. I'm in the Denver area in Littleton. You can call me at 719 304 4007.

I had no idea what I had until I went to the web to find an owner's manual. In the process I found this site and learned that this is a total classic washer - the best that Frigidaire made. And I found out that many people appreciate washers like this like others appreciate 1950's vintage auto's - the best ever made. I hope someone who loves the 1-18's can have this one.

Post# 580089 , Reply# 1   3/3/2012 at 15:53 (2,059 days old) by edz ()        

The Fabric Softener Dispenser

Post# 580091 , Reply# 2   3/3/2012 at 15:55 (2,059 days old) by edz ()        

Agitator and tub.

Post# 580092 , Reply# 3   3/3/2012 at 15:56 (2,059 days old) by edz ()        

Made by General Motors!

Post# 580093 , Reply# 4   3/3/2012 at 15:58 (2,059 days old) by edz ()        

Controls - left side. Camera flash visible.

Post# 580094 , Reply# 5   3/3/2012 at 15:59 (2,059 days old) by edz ()        

Controls - Right side. Camera flash visible.

Post# 580096 , Reply# 6   3/3/2012 at 16:18 (2,059 days old) by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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Yay for lotsa buttons

Post# 580097 , Reply# 7   3/3/2012 at 16:23 (2,059 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
25, Pete, not counting the light switch

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That could be a record for buttons.


Holy grail, indeed, and in mint condition, no less.


Look at that immaculate tub.


Someone's going to be very happy, Easy, thanks for thinking of us, and coming here first.

Post# 580101 , Reply# 8   3/3/2012 at 16:50 (2,059 days old) by lebron (MN)        

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Nice. Very very nice

Post# 580146 , Reply# 9   3/3/2012 at 19:55 (2,059 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        

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Thats a keeper I hope someone in the club grabs it.

Post# 580150 , Reply# 10   3/3/2012 at 20:07 (2,059 days old) by RevvinKevin (Between Mickey Mouse & the Queen Mary (So. Cal.)        

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I would have to say that is pretty damned awesome!   Never new they made an "Elite" version with SO many buttons!  VERY cool!


Wish it was closer!



Post# 580321 , Reply# 11   3/4/2012 at 17:31 (2,058 days old) by tsteves5 ()        

eds, What are the dimensions of the washer? I'm wondering if I can fit it in my station wagon. I'm not that far from you. Thanks!

Post# 580324 , Reply# 12   3/4/2012 at 18:02 (2,058 days old) by Jetcone (Schenectady-Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        
What a FIND

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I've only EVER seen this model in the literature, I was thinking they never actually made it! WOW

I don't think this is a three speed, there is no HAND WASH OPTION> Anybody have experience with this model? Mother Sup??

Post# 580337 , Reply# 13   3/4/2012 at 19:32 (2,058 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        

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I got some pictures!

Post# 580338 , Reply# 14   3/4/2012 at 19:32 (2,058 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        

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Post# 580357 , Reply# 15   3/4/2012 at 20:02 (2,058 days old) by oldskool (Kansas City, MO)        
Had That Exact Set

There was a dealer in St. Louis who sold these exact units in sets for $600 a pair in 1979 with an electric dryer. I purchased a pair in Harvest Gold just having moved out on my own after graduating. A friend also purchased a pair in Almond. They were fantastic. Handled all types of laundry with ease. They had all the bells and whistles available in that day. Just super fun, pushing buttons, then watching the indicator dial move around indicating cycle status. Very thorough cleaning with little detergent. Great rinsing too! The dryer's automatic sensor dried quickly, evenly and quietly.

Youth has its stupidity, at least it did for me. After moving to Detroit for a job, into a home without adequate electricity to operate a 220 dryer, sold the set and purchased a used Kenmore set with a gas dryer. I could kick myself for ever letting them go. Being young, I thought when finances were better I'd get another or better set, but no - not too long after that GM sold the operation. That was the end of Frigidaire as we knew them. White consolidated - oh well - I didn't want any of that.

Whoever gets that washer will love it!

Post# 580392 , Reply# 16   3/4/2012 at 22:22 (2,058 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Push Button 1-18 Frigidaire Washer and Dryer

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Yes this was the last hurrah for GMs Frigidaire, WP and KM had just come out with a real Electronically controlled washer and dryer in 1977. This electro-mechanaily controlled set was their answer [ Kenmore, Westinghouse, Maytag and Hotpoint all did this 20 years earlier in 1959 ]. I guess that this was the last desperate attempt to impress a would be buyer to buy the Frigidaire division from GM. But in any case I would love to have pair of these as it is an important piece of appliance history, even if it offered absolutely no advantage over previous models.

Post# 580399 , Reply# 17   3/4/2012 at 23:06 (2,058 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
Recovered memory

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Anyone else remember seeing this model in the last year or two in a thread right here. I remember counting the buttons and the rush of never having seen the Elite before, and dropping my jaw. Was it Kenny who had a pic, or Mark Lighted, or Joe L. or Patrick? Do you remember?

Post# 580432 , Reply# 18   3/5/2012 at 06:25 (2,058 days old) by joelippard (Hickory, NC)        

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I think I found a picture of one here on the site a few years back. I'd certainly like to have that washer but getting it across country would likely be an astronomical price.

Post# 580684 , Reply# 19   3/6/2012 at 01:09 (2,057 days old) by edz ()        

The dimensions of the washer are (approx):
27 inches wide
26 1/2 inches deep, plus there's a hose on the back. The hose can be removed, but the hose fitting extends outward an additional inch or so.
Height: The front of the washer is approx 36 inches high to the deck where the lid is. The back has the controls which extend upward about 9 additional inches, so the total height for the back is about 45 inches.

You didn't ask about weight, but for those interested in shipping, I'm sure that's a factor. I don't know the weight, but can vouch that this very well built washer ain't light!

Would anyone in the club have an approximate weight for this?

Post# 580721 , Reply# 20   3/6/2012 at 06:20 (2,057 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

I played with the controls when the washer was on the floor at the Memco store near me in Annandale, VA way back when.

Love the fabric dispenser in the modified pessary position.

Post# 580894 , Reply# 21   3/6/2012 at 19:53 (2,056 days old) by PeterH770 (Marietta, GA)        

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While the washer is very cool with the buttons, the dryer really has me hooked! What a stunner!!!

Post# 580987 , Reply# 22   3/7/2012 at 07:59 (2,055 days old) by Jetcone (Schenectady-Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        

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why does the dryer have you more hooked than the washer??

Post# 581247 , Reply# 23   3/8/2012 at 16:57 (2,054 days old) by joefuss1984 (Little Rock, AR)        
in love

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OMG I am in love with this washer....wish I were closer!!

Post# 581252 , Reply# 24   3/8/2012 at 20:05 (2,054 days old) by joelippard (Hickory, NC)        
I also,

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Wish I were closer.  I hope someone in the club saves this.  Who is after it??

Post# 581352 , Reply# 25   3/9/2012 at 07:59 (2,053 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        
I would have thought

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Someone here would have got this set home and had it hooked up and running by now.

Wish I had the room.

Post# 581363 , Reply# 26   3/9/2012 at 09:17 (2,053 days old) by joefuss1984 (Little Rock, AR)        

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if someone close can buy it and let me work out a deal with them.....

Post# 581370 , Reply# 27   3/9/2012 at 09:48 (2,053 days old) by macboy91si (Frankfort, KY)        

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Was there a price in mind for this classic?



Post# 582286 , Reply# 28   3/14/2012 at 01:06 (2,049 days old) by edz ()        
A price!

The Thursday deadline rolled round with 3 nice offers, none local.... and all fell through for various reasons. Shipping was an issue for one, personal matters for another.... So let me just put a price on it of only $100! I'm moving and this has got to go. Either to a collector or the scrap heap, it has got to be gone this week! I'd much rather see it in the hands of a collector. Oh, after the initial offers fell through, I sold the fabric softener dispenser separately, so only the washer is for sale now. It's a gem - will anyone save it?

Post# 582449 , Reply# 29   3/14/2012 at 19:45 (2,048 days old) by joelippard (Hickory, NC)        
Alright Guys

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Who is going to save this?  For all these years we have been hearing about this Elite series 1-18 with only one other one known to exist.  I have heard many people here lately looking about for them and here is a chance for the best of the lot.  Even better this guy is selling it at a very attractive price.  Please don't let it go to the dump!

Post# 582455 , Reply# 30   3/14/2012 at 20:06 (2,048 days old) by swestoyz (Waterloo, Iowa)        

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Ugh, someone better give me one good reason why I shouldn't save this washer!


Post# 582456 , Reply# 31   3/14/2012 at 20:12 (2,048 days old) by joelippard (Hickory, NC)        

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Sorry Ben, there aren't any good reasons :)   The only reason it's not here in my basement now is that it's so far away from me.  I'm really out of room but for this machine I would pass along something to another club member.

Post# 582477 , Reply# 32   3/14/2012 at 21:01 (2,048 days old) by swestoyz (Waterloo, Iowa)        

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Lol, message sent to the seller.

Post# 582493 , Reply# 33   3/14/2012 at 21:28 (2,048 days old) by macboy91si (Frankfort, KY)        
Awww Come on....

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Ben! Ben! Ben!

You know you want it...

Denver just isn't in the cards for me anytime soon either...


Post# 582547 , Reply# 34   3/15/2012 at 05:04 (2,048 days old) by Jetcone (Schenectady-Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        

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I'll split it with you!! Email me.


Post# 582719 , Reply# 35   3/15/2012 at 19:37 (2,047 days old) by edz ()        
The AW folks/cavalry are arriving!

This is the seller again. I've had 4 calls or emails since my last post. Hopefully one of these will work out. Your organization is pulling together - pretty impressive!

One fellow is hoping to drive out here and pick it up before the last day on my lease is over (Saturday). That would be optimal. Other offers are on hold until I hear from him tonight to see if he can pull that plan together.

Thank you all!

Post# 582949 , Reply# 36   3/16/2012 at 23:47 (2,046 days old) by edz ()        
The washer's new home is Omaha!

The washer was picked up today by someone who appreciates vintage washers - hurrah! It's new home is Omaha, Nebraska.
I finally got to see the bottom and insides of the washer - no rust there either - what a find!
Thank you every one who was involved in this rescue operation.
As for me, my new home has a non-vintage Maytag and I am happy as well,
Non-believer, but an appreciator.

Post# 582954 , Reply# 37   3/17/2012 at 00:41 (2,046 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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It wasn't me...


Post# 582987 , Reply# 38   3/17/2012 at 08:25 (2,046 days old) by joelippard (Hickory, NC)        
I'm Glad to hear this

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Now whomever has this thing, let's get some pictures and videos going!

Post# 583011 , Reply# 39   3/17/2012 at 11:36 (2,045 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
Agree: Wonderful News

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The only other Omahaian or Nebraskan I know of is Brandon, Washernoob. Wouldn't it be fabulous if he's the one !

Post# 924665 , Reply# 40   3/3/2017 at 13:42 (233 days old) by TrainGuy (Key West)        
I Know This Is An Old Thread, But...

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who did end up with this?

Post# 924670 , Reply# 41   3/3/2017 at 14:03 (233 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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I believe gansky1.

Then Dr Frigidaire did a Head Transplant in December.

Post# 924734 , Reply# 42   3/3/2017 at 20:39 (233 days old) by christfr (st louis mo)        

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well I hope she found a good home cause its way cool I found one about a year and a half ago. fun fun

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