Recently John Feagans and Leonard Tramiel opened the wooden PET prototype for the first time in 40 years.Photos taken Dec 2019 and Jan 2020 at the Computer History Museum, Mountain View, CA.
Photos courtesy of John Feagans, Leonard Tramiel and the Commodore International Historical Society, used with permission.
Photos © Leonard Tramiel, All rights reserved.
The prototype was built in 1976 and shown for the first time at the Jan 1977 CES in Chicago. The case and monitor shell are made of wood. Originally painted “harvest yellow” it was re-painted and re-decorated several times in 1977 before finally settling on this color scheme.
The prototype had no IEEE-488 port and reduced ROM space so the kernel is different from the production version. The BASIC was Microsoft basic, not yet modified to become Commodore BASIC.
|John Feagans, Leonard Tramiel and the PET Prototype|
Photos © John Feagans, All rights reserved.
Below are older photos of the prototype over the years, courtesy of the Commodore International Historical Society and Commodore.ca. These are all the same machine.
At Gametronics, Jan 1977. Note the different case badge.
Photo from a Commodore press release, date unk.
At West Coast Computer Faire 1977
The badge changed and there are subtle differences in the keyboard.
On the cover of the October 1977 Popular Science
The wood grain was contact paper.
At Commodore’s 25th anniversary event, Dec 1983.