That is one fantastic looking Escort. First one of that model I've seen.
They're one of the less-common Olivettis out there. I've only seen 3 for sale online over the past year.
I enjoyed mine while I had it, it's really cool. But the Studio 44 typing action (especially on a machine that is in fine condition) is the gold standard for me.
I totally echo your comments about the carriage action, it's the same with the Studio 45 I picked up today. Completely dreamlike and effortless. It must be Olivetti Day in the Typosphere!
For me it's Olivetti month!
It looks great. The yellow cover on the return lever adds a nice accent. :)
Beautiful! Much nicer in brown than the Underwood black. I am in touch with John Svezia through his daughter, Will let you know his view of the sequence.
Your Escort is great combo of good looks and excellent function. As I was squeezing (literally) into Ole Kehlet's typewriter repair shop in Sacramento yesterday he pulled a Studio 45 off of his counter with the comment, "This is the best typewriter ever made". Ole was making way for my Royal 10, needing a repair to the clevis linkage in the "e" key system.