We at weshootleica often times find ourselves in a position to purchase Leica gear that is unused or in mint condition. Today, one of our colleagues found this beauty for sale and could not help but purchase it right away. The Leica gear is an unused LHSA special edition M6 TTL camera. What a Score!!! He found it at OC Camera located in Mission Viejo , California owned and operated by Roozbeh Pirghibi. OC Camera specializes in new and used equipment catering to high end clientele. The owner of the camera kept it in its original package and only took it out of the box to fire the shutter and keep the lubricants from drying up and render the camera inoperable. It has never seen a roll of film.
History behind this camera. In 2000, the Leica Historical Society of America asked for a special edition M camera with black enamel paint. The black paint finish necessitated the return to the brass top and bottom plate. Engraved on the back of the top plate with the LHSA logo and the words “Special Edition” along with a Leica script logo on the top, this M6TTL was the first Leica engraved with the words “Solms Germany”. Six hundred and fifty were made with the .72 viewfinder magnification. The price in 2000, was $2,595. This was the first special edition not associated with an anniversary. Black paint Leica M cameras have always been among the most sought after of all Leicas.