In this (German) advertisement  you can see the line of computers Commodore sold in 1983. It has the commonly known VIC-20 (VC-20, because "VIC" in Germans sounds like another, rude, word - and you could also make it into the "Volks Computer" that way...), the C64, and the PET 8032 in its new, slick, separate keyboard case.
But it also shows the planned successors to the PET, the CBM-II machines 500, 600 and 700, and the "MMF 9000". While the CBM-II were not successful and cancelled before the actual PET, the "Micro MainFrame 9000" - or "SuperPET"  as it is known elsewhere - was more successful.  has a beautiful tear-down and clean-up photos of the inside of the machine with its extension boards.
It was originally planned by University of Waterloo in Canada, who designed it, as terminal machine for a real mainframe computer. It had a 6809  as second processor and a number of software packages were available for it, like an APL development package, Fortran, Pascal, and even Cobol. The idea was that students developed their software on the relatively inexpensive SuperPET and not on the expensive IBM mainframe. And even though the actual program was slower than on the mainframe, the development was much more comfortable on the SuperPET with its screen editor and quick turnaround times.
The Waterloo software was protected by a hardware dongle, that only recently has been decoded . More information on the SuperPET and some nice pictures are in ,, and our own previous coverage .
But Commodore not only advertised computers that were actually produced and sold, systems that were only "tested" on the market were advertised as well, see this report from 1981  with a report on the SuperPET, but also on a "Color 8032". A Color PET has only been created recently as well, see .
Other "tested" systems can be found on the Secret Weapons of Commodore page . What is your favourite?
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Considering I'd happily strangle the heads of Vodafone and First Great Western right now, I'm pretty sure I can't.
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