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1958 RCA Whirlpool Imperial Mark XII
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Post# 953613   8/19/2017 at 17:19 by Maytag85 (25 miles from Idywild, 25 miles from Temecula. )        

Does anyone have a 1958 RCA Whirlpool Imperial Mark XII washer and dryer, like the one shown in the "Wonderful World Of Wash N Wear"?


Post# 953691 , Reply# 1   8/20/2017 at 12:17 by brucelucenta (tulsa, oklahoma)        

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I have never actually seen these particular machines myself. They were quite flashy ones. Interesting that even Whirlpool and Kenmore had something similar to a "time line" type set up with the TOL models. It doesn't look as though the timer was like the Norge machines though, since they had a timer knob like a traditional machine and it appears to go in one direction. Many of the washers of the 50's and even 60's seemed to do this with TOL models. Beautiful machines too!

Post# 953702 , Reply# 2   8/20/2017 at 13:27 by Maytag85 (25 miles from Idywild, 25 miles from Temecula. )        

The 1958 Whirlpool Imperial Mark XII was the top of the line for that year. I like the color guide control panel, and it reminds me of my aunt's old 1999 Whirlpool Ultimite Care II (which was the Imperial Mark XII of its time), but it must be hard to find. I know a few people on Automaticwasher have the 1958 RCA Whirlpool Washer Dryer, like the one shown in the "Wonderful World Of Wash N Wear"

Post# 953718 , Reply# 3   8/20/2017 at 16:50 by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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RickR has a set of 56 Imperials.

Post# 953737 , Reply# 4   8/20/2017 at 19:32 by brastemp (Brazil)        

Just curious, what is the washer who appears on 11:53 from the video on link?? It looks very compact.

Post# 953740 , Reply# 5   8/20/2017 at 19:48 by peteski50 (New York)        
1958 Imperial!

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Friends of mine had the 1958 Imperial in yellow! what a beautiful washer - loved the time line control and the lighted control panel!
Almost just like the Mark XII but lacked the wash & wear cycle and a few other minor features!

Post# 953745 , Reply# 6   8/20/2017 at 20:45 by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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The washer shown at 11:53 is also a Whirlpool. 24" bottom of the line (or low end of the line).

Post# 953838 , Reply# 7   8/21/2017 at 11:18 by Maytag85 (25 miles from Idywild, 25 miles from Temecula. )        

I wonder if anyone has the same 1958 RCA Whirlpool Imperial Mark XII washer and dryer here on Automaticwasher.

Post# 953843 , Reply# 8   8/21/2017 at 11:39 by swestoyz (Waterloo, Iowa)        
I wonder if anyone has the same 1958 Mark XII...

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I don't believe one has surfaced, but several years ago the Imperial version of the washer was found down in GA. Not sure if this one is still around or not.


Post# 953844 , Reply# 9   8/21/2017 at 12:04 by Maytag85 (25 miles from Idywild, 25 miles from Temecula. )        

I don't know what that whirlpool is mechanically, but it looks like it needs to be cleaned up a bit. I wonder if anyone has the matching dryer to it.

Post# 953883 , Reply# 10   8/21/2017 at 15:56 by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        
Hello Maytag85

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If you're interested, here's a link to my 1960 Whirlpool Imperial Mark XII

Still runs, and has the 3 solenoid water valve.


Post# 953902 , Reply# 11   8/21/2017 at 18:28 by Gyrafoam (Roanoke, VA)        

It's in my basement.

Post# 953983 , Reply# 12   8/22/2017 at 08:28 by swestoyz (Waterloo, Iowa)        

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Steve - I'm glad it eventually made the midnight train to your place! It's a pretty cool machine.

Post# 954025 , Reply# 13   8/22/2017 at 11:41 by Gyrafoam (Roanoke, VA)        

It is kool. Everything works but the timer motor--------that Repairmaster says "DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REPAIR THIS TIMER. It must be replaced"!

Post# 954029 , Reply# 14   8/22/2017 at 11:56 by realvanman (Southern California)        
Timer repair

I fixed the timer on my Maytag LA712 that I got for free. Now it's in regular service, in place of the Whirlpool that developed a small leak...

I say carefully take it apart, taking photos as you go, and see what you can do. :)

Post# 954038 , Reply# 15   8/22/2017 at 13:03 by Maytag85 (25 miles from Idywild, 25 miles from Temecula. )        

Keith, those Maytag washers are easy to fix, and they were built to last forever! I really like my Maytag A810 washers and dryer, but am trying to find a Maytag A806 washer and Halo Of Heat electric dryer. I have had no luck on trying to find a Maytag Halo Of Heat dryer at all.

Post# 954076 , Reply# 16   8/22/2017 at 21:05 by glhturbo2 (Greensboro, NC)        
Dream Machine

That 1958 Whirlpool is one of my dream machines, along with the TOL Lady Kenmore "Timelines". Steve's machine may very well be the last one left. These machines were expensive in their day and Whirlpool was working their way to the top (of appliances) at this time. Sears machines sold like crazy, because anyone could get that charge card.
I've had the pleasure of seeing this Whirlpool Imperial Timeline and it is quite a beauty. A little TLC (and a nice paintjob) and voila! She will be as good as new. As for the timer, if there is a will, there is a way. :)


P.S. Thank You Steve for letting me snatch some photos of this beauty, I drool every time I see it lol.

Here are some pictures of the 1958 RCA Whirlpool Imperial Timeline:

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Post# 954077 , Reply# 17   8/22/2017 at 21:22 by Maytag85 (25 miles from Idywild, 25 miles from Temecula. )        

It would be cool to see that RCA Whirlpool Mark XII in action! I wounder if anyone has the matching dryer...

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