The JLPGA PowerBook 170 

There are a lot of colorful Macs. Look no further than the original iMacs and iBooks if you need a little more than brushed aluminum in your life.

These machines are all great, but there’s one Mac that puts them to shame when it comes to being colorful.

Say hello to the JLPGA PowerBook 170:

JLPGA PowerBook 170

JLPGA PowerBook 170

There were only 500 of these made to commemorate the 1992 JLPGA golf tournament in Japan. The guts are a run-of-the-mill PowerBook 170,1 but the case is truly special. The blue body is completed with a white lid and base. The battery doors are red, as are the screen adjustment sliders. The hinges are bright yellow; rounding things out are the green feet.

These JLPGA machines go for a pretty penny when the pop up for sale. Currently, there is non-working example on eBay for a cool $7500. You could buy several 20th Anniversary Macs for that. While I’ll never be in the market to add this machine to my collection due to the price, any time I see a photo of the colorful PowerBook 170, I have to crack a smile.


  1. Apple really enjoyed tinkering with this machine. The company also released an all-white “10th Anniversary Mac” version in 1994. The only photo I’ve ever seen of it is on that Low End Mac page.