One of the 264 series project managers, David Haynie report to me that only one or two V364 prototypes were made for the C.E.S. Another Commodore engineer informed me that their brittle cases are most likely due to them being from a soft tool; tools that started as a wood mold and cost about $40k. Only one was made with production quality plastic, and the project manager himself went home with that one, so obviously I own one of the show models. Mr. Haynie eventually sold his to another collector. A third and last one is probably still in the hands of the other engineer on the project.
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Commodore V364 home computer.
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As you can see here, the motherboard is completely socketed, and resembles the Plus/4 very closely. For a close-up of this model, click here to see the left hand side, or here to see the right hand side.
To the right, we have a back picture to show the ports. From left to right, they are power, serial, cassette, user, TED (expansion) port, joystick 1, joystick 2, video DIN, and the composite RF port. On the RHS are the power and reset buttons.
On the bottom of the machine, no serial number is to be seen. An FCC message, however, warns against selling this unit.
Personal Note:I'm not a big fan of this line of computers, though I use a Plus/4 regularly, and am fond of the V364's speaking ability. All that being said, as a collectors find, this machine really does stand out as a jewel. Although its packed away at the moment, it received more loving care from acquisition to storage than any piece of property I've ever had. And where did I get it? Believe it or not, from an eBay auction many years ago. It's extreme rarity was confirmed to me by an email conversation I once had with a former Commodore project manager David Haynie.
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