A brief introduction on Leica M6 HISTORICA e.V Edition, 1995 - Part II - MIR Image Library

Leica M6 HISTORICA e.V Edition, 1995 with serial number and authentification
Each of the unit has a guaranteed card as well as letter of authentication issued on 1995 from Leica camera GmbH, Solm:-

Letter of Authentification from LEICA AG


"... Hiermit wird bescheinigt dab diese Kamera eine von 150 Exemplaren einer limitierten Sonderserie aus Anla des 20-jahrigen Vereinsbestehens von LEICA HISTORICA ist...". (Roughly can be translated as "..This is to certify as these camera of 150 units of special limited edition was meant for 20th Anniversary establishment of the LEICA HISTORICA Society Germany..)
 
Most of the photos I can acquire hardly can show the details of the body covering and the picture below came very close with the original colour as well as its fine textures. Next, the metallic silver body parts shares the same smoothness as I explained at the Colombo '92 section (kind of hard to express the actual feel while holding one in your hand). Seemingly, there was another top layer coating that has given the extra smooth feel. Other features of he camera at the rear section are identical with any of the regular production LEICA M6 Classic bodies. The cobalt-blue/turquoise leatherette which extends to the rear film back section makes a very high contrast with the black outlines of the body parts.

 

Rear section view, Leica M6 HISTORICA e.V Edition, 1995 (German Leica Historical Society) Top plate of Leica M6 HISTORICA e.V Set/Edition, 1995 special edition of LEICA M6 for 20th anniversary of LEICA Historical Society of GermanyThe top plate of the camera has a very prominent, yet stylish engraving of HISTORICAL 1975~1995 along with a Leica logo engraved at the top of the emblem. Another slightly unusual feature was the location of the Serial Number which was not engraved at the usual position like many of the special releases which usually locates at the opposite end of the accessory shoe.
   
The companion SUMMICRON-M 1:2/50mm HISTORIC 1975~1995 edition lens for the LEICA M6 HISTORICA e.V Germany edition was a solid, beautifully finished old time classic lens, Summicron-M 1:2/50mm. Special engraving can be located at the bottom section of the lens tube. You have to invert the lens in order to see the engraving.

Download PDF files for Summicron-M 1:2/50mm literature(s): 1994 version or instruction manual for 2001~ version via Summilux.net (both in German; 2) Leica AG site (current non-ASPH, classic version in English)
   
Leica lens for HISTORICA M6 The special engraved  50mm 1:2 Summicron-M for Leica M6 HISTORICA e.V  model for Leica Historical Society of Germany, 1995
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Leica M6 HISTORICA e.V Edition, 1995 for 20th Anniversary Model for Leica Historical Society of Germany in wooden presentation box

Leica M6 HISTORICA e.V Edition logo (Leica Historical Society of Germany Logo)

As a camera, the choice of cobalt blue/turquoise as the leatherwork / body covering on the LEICA HISTORICA e.V, Germany Edition has projected a very powerful product characteristic on its own. It is a kind of selection that can be very extreme - either you like or hate it. And probably this makes this M6 edition so much different from any other special issues with the same nature. There was no other M6 that has this outfit and whenever you refer to the blue M6, this is the model. Well, Leica started offering their à la carte service was only made available from 2004 onwards and there are many choices in uncommon colour and/or material selections such as naturally tanned leather, box red calf, Nappa racing green, Dark brown calf leather, "cognac", Nappa Bordeaux, Blue calf leather, Ostrich look, chestnut - and even within the common black, you can find options such as Lizard look black, Ostrich look, black etc. but within the M6 Classic to M6 TTL, the LEICA M6 HISTORICA e.V Germany Edition remains as the only in this strong presentation.

Leica M6 Historica Edition by J-camera.KR
Personally, I kinda quite like this M6 - not so much from perspective of whether it will appreciate in its collectible value but more to satisfy personal desire for its uniqueness. As M6 has been discontinued from normal course of production and there has never be another Leica M6 which has such a powerful appearance and with reasonably good objective as a commemorative edition. Its transacted price in the collectible Leica market has still been maintaining/appreciating at a steady pace all these years. Via a few auction sales conducted by Christie's to Leicashop® auctions, this Leica M6 special edition for Leica Historical Society of Germany issued in conjunction for their 20th Anniversary has grown ranging from EURO 3,500-00 ~ EURO 5,000-00. Where a few years ago, its price tag was about the same - except the currency was quoted in USD. hehe ...

In 2001, LHS Germany has released a LEICA M6TTL Titanium Finish Edition along with few Titanium lenses. In 2005 it was the 30th Anniversary of the Society and I am not sure if there were any other commemorative Leica collecibles issued by the German association but one of the entry photo used on the first page of their site has a silver chrome LEICAVIT-M that reads "LEICA HISTORICA 1975~2005". Others ? Not sure. Anyone can furnish info on that ?

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For those who may be interested in this special edition, I may have a lead for you | try here | a complete set at Jp Yen 698,000-00 (approx. USD6,980-00).
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Front view, Leica M6 HISTORICA e.V  model for Leica Historical Society of Germany, 1995

Leica M6 HISTORICA e.V  model for Leica Historical Society of Germany, 1995 rear section view

Corrugated packaging box for Leica M6 HISTORICA e.V  model for Leica Historical Society of Germany, 1995

Top plate and Summicron-M 50/2 HISTORICA edition, Leica M6 HISTORICA e.V  model for Leica Historical Society of Germany, 1995

Base plate, Leica M6 HISTORICA e.V  model for Leica Historical Society of Germany, 1995

Another Set which is on sale by J-camera Korea | try here | a complete set at Korean won 8,600,000 (approx. USD6,091-00).
As exchange rate keeps fluatuating, use the
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Front view, Leica M6 HISTORICA e.V  model for Leica Historical Society of Germany, 1995

Leica M6 HISTORICA e.V  model for Leica Historical Society of Germany, 1995 rear section view

Corrugated packaging box for Leica M6 HISTORICA e.V  model for Leica Historical Society of Germany, 1995

Main Index Page - Leica M6-series models / Main Index Page - Leica-M Rangefinder camera Models

Nomenclature / Main Reference Map for Leica M6 Standard Model(s) applicable to this M6 Edition
Instruction Manuals:-
Leica M6 Classic in PDF (3.8mb) applicable to this M6 Travelers Edition by Niels H. S. Nielsen

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