Thread Number: 71651  /  Tag: Vintage Automatic Washers
1978 Hoover Selectamatic 1100 A2054 (A3064)
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Post# 948117   7/14/2017 at 05:42 (369 days old) by supermaticjames (Donegal, Ireland)        

Hi all,

Hope everyone is having a great summer!

Yesterday, I spent my day off unwrapping another addition to my collection and a special one at that.

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Post# 948118 , Reply# 1   7/14/2017 at 05:43 (369 days old) by supermaticjames (Donegal, Ireland)        

Underneath the layers of plastic was something unique!

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Post# 948119 , Reply# 2   7/14/2017 at 05:47 (369 days old) by supermaticjames (Donegal, Ireland)        

Ta-dah! It’s in lovely condition and some TLC will see it right for another couple of decades I’m sure.

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Post# 948120 , Reply# 3   7/14/2017 at 05:50 (369 days old) by supermaticjames (Donegal, Ireland)        

Ratings sticker, made in Wales alongside the home market models for the export market. If I am correct in deciphering the serial number this appears to be an early machine from February 1978.

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Post# 948122 , Reply# 4   7/14/2017 at 05:52 (369 days old) by supermaticjames (Donegal, Ireland)        

Programme dial - similar to that on the A3060.

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Post# 948124 , Reply# 5   7/14/2017 at 05:58 (369 days old) by supermaticjames (Donegal, Ireland)        

Lid off revealing a stainless steel tub and the programme barrel that acts like the famous Hoover Keyplate. The door seal which appears to be genuine or even original has completely perished so that will be getting replaced along with the bearings as they sound a little rough. Furthermore, I’m going to try and source a chrome door and black dial cap as it only seems fair on this top of the range model. You may notice the triple inlet valve, this machine is cold fill only but I’m going to fit a hot inlet valve since provision is left to do so.

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Post# 948125 , Reply# 6   7/14/2017 at 06:00 (369 days old) by supermaticjames (Donegal, Ireland)        

Finally, two sisters side by side. I do think a chrome door would look nicer. Does anyone have any A2054 specific information or literature? I know there is an A3064 manual online which is the same thing but it would be nice to see some A2054 stuff if it exists.

That’s all for now,


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Post# 948140 , Reply# 7   7/14/2017 at 08:59 (369 days old) by WFT2800 (Leatherhead, Surrey)        

What a lovely find! And good to see it has company... but why did the Keymatic have a different drum? What purpose did the hole in the centre back of the conventional Hoover drum serve?

Post# 948149 , Reply# 8   7/14/2017 at 09:39 (369 days old) by supermaticjames (Donegal, Ireland)        

Hi Richard,

Thank you, I can't wait to have them both running side by side with their matching D6042 dryer.

I see what you mean, actually the Keymatic 1100 has its drum removed for servicing. I'm not sure why there is a hole in the back of the Hoover drums. People have guessed over the years but I don't think there is a definite answer to be honest.


Post# 948274 , Reply# 9   7/15/2017 at 02:53 (368 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        

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Another great find James, the stainless steel drum is a nice edition like Mathews A3060 which was due to a metal shortage for the vitreous enamel outer drums due to the National Steel Strikes so Hoover started to use the more expensive steel drums to keep production moving !!

What do the R,S & T programmes provide on the timer ?

Post# 948283 , Reply# 10   7/15/2017 at 05:11 (368 days old) by sesteve (London, UK)        

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Well done on getting this one James. A lovely machine. I've had a look at my literature and can't see any reference to the A2054 although there are earlier A20xx series machines listed and it's not in the classic collection book either. I've attached some of the info for the A3064 in case you haven't seen it and unfortunately there isn't one of the colour cards for this model in my gumpf either.

Make sure your earthing is up to scratch or a shock will ensue according to the service bulletin! You can use the order form for the spares lol.

I notice that your keymatic facia has suffered the same issue as my dryer. I'm wondering if a coat of lacquer will help sort it out. I've bought a can to try - I don't think it could look any worse so am willing to risk it. Will let you know how it turns out when I get round to doing it.

Look forward to more on this

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Post# 948347 , Reply# 11   7/15/2017 at 15:26 (367 days old) by supermaticjames (Donegal, Ireland)        

Hi Mike,

Thanks, I never knew about the National Steel Strikes but now that you mention it I remember watching a documentary recently about British Steel and all the stuff going on in the 1970s. I honestly thought it had a stainless steel tub because it was for the export market but that’s just financially impractical. Did other manufacturers import stainless steel or just Hoover?

R, S & T are Fast Spin, Slow Spin and Reset respectively. The only additional programme this appears to have over the A3062 is a Gentle Whites wash for nappies etc. I’ve attached the programme guide for you.


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Post# 948348 , Reply# 12   7/15/2017 at 15:35 (367 days old) by supermaticjames (Donegal, Ireland)        

Hi Steve,

Thanks, I was unsure about it at first but I’m so glad I did take the plunge. Many thanks for uploading those pages! I assume the other A20xx machines were just mirrors of their UK counterparts? I will have to check out my earthing then haha!

Yes the Keymatic fascia is a little worse for wear, this seems to be a common problem with the New Magic range. Lacquer sounds like an idea worth trying!


Post# 948358 , Reply# 13   7/15/2017 at 16:57 (367 days old) by Rolls_rapide (Scotland, UK)        
Hoover Programme Guide

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Ah, the days when instruction manuals provided clear and concise information.

When attempting to get info these days, it's like trying to wrestle gold bars from the vault of the Bank of England! Bloody awful.

Anyway, keep up the good work!

(Incidentally, I'm another who has never seen a stainless outer tub on a Hoover - you learn something every day!).

Post# 948426 , Reply# 14   7/16/2017 at 06:17 (367 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        

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Interesting programming on the Selectro James, must check what Mathews is....ta for the diagram pages. Certainly interesting washer, but still think the "Clicking Keyplates" have it ha ha...

Post# 948466 , Reply# 15   7/16/2017 at 13:11 (366 days old) by triumphdolomite (Staffs(UK))        
Gentle Whites

Gentle Whites was available on the older machines as 'Whites Special', as far as I recall it was program A3 on the 3236H and half spin C on the A3138 Automatic AS1. I'm guessing that the other models between these and yours must have had it too before going to the 'Whites Economy' on the Electrons. I think this was the only program that at rinse hold you were advised to select full spin and not click back to the short option once the machine started to drain.

Post# 948482 , Reply# 16   7/16/2017 at 16:31 (366 days old) by supermaticjames (Donegal, Ireland)        

Hi Mike,

17 programmes is bound to cover every conceivable wash load in my opinion.

I 100% agree with you in that it “looks” and “feels” more futuristic and fun slotting a Keyplate into a Keymatic than it is going a bit “primitive” and turning a dial on a Selectamatic. The Selectamatic is a strange machine and it would be interesting to find out what Hoovers intentions were when this model was on the drawing board as it offers virtually nothing more than what the A3062 has to offer and the rotary Keyplate doesn’t make it vastly superior? A niche machine for sure but lovely all the same!


Post# 948553 , Reply# 17   7/17/2017 at 05:29 (366 days old) by supermaticjames (Donegal, Ireland)        
Whites Special

Hi Ian,

Whites Special exists on this machine too. Normally, Whites Special is HLCC Programme 9 and is essentially a normal action Whites Programme 1 but without a final spin. Gentle Whites on this machine is a unique programme in that it is a Whites Programme 1 with a final spin but with gentle wash action.

Generally, Whites Economy on later machines is a 70-85°C Programme 1.


Post# 949594 , Reply# 18   7/23/2017 at 09:45 (360 days old) by matchboxpaul (Just north of Derby, U.K)        

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Hi James.

Well, it would seem that we both stumbled across this machine at the same time. I found it through a google images search and was like 'whoa' and then I saw where it was and was like 'oh:-('.

I wrote it off for a day, then let Mike know about it and was going to nudge some of the German collectors about it, using youtube. However, when Mike checked for it, it had vanished. Little did I think it would be heading past me, on it's way to Ireland!
Well done on another preservation job! What you going to find next month? lol.

p.s did they send the formica top and instruction card with it, or did they keep hold for some reason?

Post# 949597 , Reply# 19   7/23/2017 at 09:48 (360 days old) by matchboxpaul (Just north of Derby, U.K)        

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Stumbled across the advert in the link a while back - who'd have thought I would have specific reason to post it.

Enjoy ...

CLICK HERE TO GO TO matchboxpaul's LINK

Post# 949601 , Reply# 20   7/23/2017 at 10:01 (360 days old) by matchboxpaul (Just north of Derby, U.K)        

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Question is, did your A2054 receive a white door due to damage to the original, or did the German market get a less bling version for their market?

Certainly, the Italians had full bling ....

Post# 949604 , Reply# 21   7/23/2017 at 10:08 (360 days old) by matchboxpaul (Just north of Derby, U.K)        

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Obviously your machine James, so you do what you want with it, but personally - i'd leave the dial cap alone.
Haven't the foggiest idea why the UK version of the Selectamatic was styled in such a way to make it an uncomfortable match with the dryer and so different to the rest of the range.
Your machine is a much nicer match with your D6042 dryer, than a UK spec A3064 ever would be ...

Post# 949611 , Reply# 22   7/23/2017 at 10:24 (360 days old) by matchboxpaul (Just north of Derby, U.K)        
PLUS ....

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... this little snippet might interest you!

A2012 was the 'Automatic 230' (UK A????)
A2014 was the 'Automatic 235' (UK A3058)
A2050 was the 'Keymatic 1100' (UK A3062)
A2054 was the 'Selectamatic 1100' (UK A3064)

Well done on another great save - can't wait for the videos (surely after the Creda 10700 has premiered though!).


Post# 949612 , Reply# 23   7/23/2017 at 10:52 (360 days old) by brucelucenta ()        

I am kind of surprised that Hoover made a vacuum cleaner that looks somewhat like an Electrolux design.

Post# 949631 , Reply# 24   7/23/2017 at 12:27 (359 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London UK)        
Hoover Vacuums

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From the launch of the Constellation the Hoover Europe canister range diverted from that in the US. Essentially it started with a variation of the Hoover 50 designated Model 402, similar but not identical. This was updated to the model 417 which seems largely similar a model known as the Hoover Holiday. When the Constellation was introduced the 417 was downgraded in several respects, becoming a lower cost cleaner. Both the 417 (actually known as "Cylinder") continued side by side for many years - 417 until 1971, the Constellation until 1982 or so. In 1964 Hoover brought out a new, larger canister (The Harlequin") to compete with the very popular Electrolux 65 (and European Electroluxs were nothing like US or Canadian models), although E'Lux kind of stole their thunder by bringing out a new product line over the 65 - the 90. The Portable model (made in France) was sold here but was not popular. In 1968 Hoover finally brought out a competitor to the 90 (actually now the 100 but much the same) called the Conquest. This model line continued until around 1972/73, until the introduction of the all new Freedom range (the one you see above) which all looked superficially similar but had different features the more you paid. It was not until the end of the 1970s with the introduction of the Compact (your Sprint I think) and the Sensotronic (your Dimension) that the suction cleaner lines came back together. By that time there was a bewildering range of models with a couple of Freedom models (UK made) continuing alongside the Compact and Sensotronic ranges (5 models of each plus specials - French made) until 1986, plus the Constellation and the 427 (the update of the 417 - in the UK sold as an exclusive). Two Celebrity models were also sold, the Airide (moderately popular) and the model shown above (not popular at all). To my knowledge no other Celebrity models were sold here.

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Post# 949896 , Reply# 25   7/24/2017 at 19:53 (358 days old) by optima (Cumbria England)        
Ti Creda

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I'm with you Paul

So badly needing to watch that Creda 10700 in action James.

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