Year: 1990

Manufacturer: Williams Electronics, Inc.

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Whirlwind Pinball Machine (Diamondplate) *


Here it is, one of the most memorable, classic pinball machines of the late 80’s Whirlwind, by Williams Electronics. Whirlwind designed by Pat Lawlor, who’s other memorable titles include:  The Addams Family, FunHouse, Twilight Zone; brings you this exciting storm chasing themed pinball machine complete with a fan on the top that blows on you when the storm is coming!

In addition to the fan, Whirlwind features 6 pop bumpers, ramps, multi-ball, drop targets, spinner shot and three spinning discs on the playfield that make the ball(s) go crazy. This is also one of the first pinball machines that features stack-able modes of game play, leading to the Wizard Mode. Can you game get all of the panels lit under the score display in one, 3 ball game? “Bye-Cracky!”

A bit of history with this machine. This machine has been in private home ownership for the past 15+ years before being resold back to our store. We know the word rare can often be over used, but this model of Whirlwind is truly a rare game. This is a very early production Whirlwind that features a Diamond Plate playfield. Diamond Plate playfields were experimental back in the late 80’s as Bally/Williams was testing their new clearcoat finish on games that would later become standard on titles in later years. There are only a few known examples of Diamond Plate Whirlwind playfields in existence as most were commonly covered with factory mylar. This factory playfield has a high shine, bright vivid colors and hardly any wear. In addition this game has the early version of the translite that has the Chicago Cubs “C” logo printed over the boys hat on the translite. Chicago Cubs did not give the rights to Williams to use their logo, and it has a Williams “W” Logo sticker covering the printed Cubs “C” logo.

Please note there is a couple very small nicks in the translite and a hairline crack at the entrance of the upper left ramp as well as a couple of chipped decorative playfield plastics.
All in all though, a great looking machine that is 34 years old.

Here is details of the work we have done to this machine.
– Minor touchups done to exterior of cabinet
– Legs buffed and polished, new leg bolts and leg levelers installed
– Playfield assemblies, ramps, plastics and posts all removed and cleaned.
– Entire playing surface cleaned and polished and new rubber rings and balls installed
– All under playfield assemblies and lamp inserts cleaned
– All general illumination and feature bulbs (#555 and #44 bulbs) upgraded to high quality non-ghosting premium LED’s.
– New skill shot and slingshot plastics
– Custom Instruction and pricing cards
– New Spinning Disc decals applied
– Coin door repainted
– Plastic Protector Set installed
– Cliffy Cellar Scoop Protectors installed
– HD Anti-Glare Playfield Glass Installed
– Upgraded Pop Bumper Multi-LED Boards
– New Single Drop Target Opto PCB

Electronics and mechanical assemblies went through and repaired, adjusted as needed by our technician team. Whirlwind needs nothing except a corner in your home gameroom where it will become the focal point of entertaining guests and family members.

This pre-owned Whirlwind Pinball Machine includes our 30 day warranty on the electronic and mechanical components of the machine.

Whirlwind is a hot title amongst pinball enthusiasts due to its exciting, challenging ruleset with great replay appeal….”I gotta play it one more time …kinda fun”.  Hurry as we don’t expect this rare version of this title to last very long in our inventory!