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The Commodore Pet 8032 Computer

Manufacturer Commodore Business Machines
Model 8032
Date Announced 1980
Date Canceled Unknown
Number Produced Tens of Thousands
Country of Origin United States
Price Approximately $1,500
Current Value $25-$150
Processor MOS 6502
Speed 1 MHz
ROM Unknown
Storage External tape drive, 5.25" floppy drives
Expansion None
Bus N/A
Video 80x24 text
I/O Parallel, Serial, IEEE-488
OS Options N/A
Notes The CBM 8032 was an upgrade to the PET line of machines. It added memory a better keyboard (over the first Commodore Pet 2001 model) and an 80 column screen
Related Items in Collection Commodore Pet 2001
Related Items Wanted Manuals, external drives, software

Commodore Business Machines introduced its first true PC in 1977. The Commodore PET (Personal Electronic Transactor) 2001 was announced at the West Coast Computer Faire and was very warmly received by the press and public alike. Commodore went on to improve the PET line over the course of several years.

The Commodore Pet 8032 with the hood up

The Commodore PET 8032 in my collection is one of the later variants of the PET line. It had an 80 column display and a full 32k of RAM to run programs on its ROM based basic.

The PET chassis flipped up like a cars hood to expose the circuitry and power supply beneath the keyboard and monitor.

The Commodore Pet 8032 screen close up

Here is a closeup of the PETs monochrome screen which is as fresh and bright as the day it was manufactured.

(Submitted July 6, 2012 01:04:04 by David)

i remember a start up sound that the commodore pet computer made when you turned it on. could somebody please let me know how to find that sound? perhaps somewhere on the internet it could be downloaded. thanks.

(Submitted February 25, 2012 13:17:33 by Randy)

I have a test set for the Commodore PET series for sale. It's a blue box with a button, an LED, a ribbon cable, and a clip to go on the processor. You connect it, press the button, and it runs a test. Email me with an offer.

(Submitted October 4, 2011 00:22:21 by Michael)

I have a Commodore CBM 8032, in great working and cosmetic condition. I can send pictures to your email address if you want. Also included with the 8032, a Commodore C2N Cassette Drive. I will sell both for $150 or best offer (which ever is highest) shipping will be included in best offer. (ONLY IN THE CONTINENTAL U.S.A.)

(Submitted August 4, 2011 02:34:08 by Matthew)

Hi all, I thought I would just say that I have sold my PET.

(Submitted February 7, 2011 02:07:13 by Matthew Sharfman)

I should have said it is currently located in Wales.

(Submitted February 7, 2011 02:06:09 by Matthew Sharfman)

I have just pulled an old 8032 and a double floppy drive out of my loft as I was clearing it out. It turns on and says it is ready. Some of the keys work and others dont. Unfortunately I dont have the cables for the double floppy drive. Would anybody be interested in making me an offer for it? email

(Submitted October 16, 2010 14:11:41 by Kurt)

I have a CBM 8032. I'm looking for a copy of Visicalc to run on this machine. If you have a copy available please shoot me a email. Thanks!

(Submitted June 15, 2010 20:18:13 by Jeff)

I am interested in buying an 8032 with 8050 drive.

(Submitted May 28, 2010 02:12:24 by achai4)

I have a Commodore PET 4032 listed on eBay right now, if anyone is interested. This is an auction only.

(Submitted May 10, 2010 17:14:17 by BondPC)

I have original 8032 PET, Super PET 9000 and the Dual Floppy drive unit. Manuals, software on floppies etc all go with if everything bought as a package.

Please be a serious buyer with reasonable offers only for my vintage personal equipment.

**I am reluctant to post pics of this equipment due to many scammers using posted pictures to ripoff collectors. I will, however, provide all info, pics and respond to serious buyers who are willing to allow me to verify their authenticity. I was horrified by stories I have read here and elsewhere of scams for this specific equipment. I wish to help try to keep these items safe from those who scam and prey on my fellow collectors.

Interested parties please respond to me by email : BondPC AT HotMail DOT com

(Submitted April 5, 2010 06:48:18 by david)

I have a 8032 for sale including the printer and the double disk drive you can contact me via email with serious offers please

(Submitted March 18, 2010 01:56:56 by Monte Erickson)

I am interested in purchasing a Commodore Pet 8032 if someone has one available.


(Submitted March 17, 2010 12:48:54 by Brian Deuel)

I just picked up a PET 4016 for $10 in very good condition. The only problem is that it reports 32 Bytes Free on boot up. Time to hunt down some RAM...

(Submitted September 6, 2009 13:19:02 by R E Broadley)

I have a 8032 also... but I've only ever been able to get it to display 40 columns... Is there something I need to do to enable or switch to 80 columns please?

(Submitted May 18, 2009 14:35:08 by luc gallois)

personal electronic transactor? i think they just wanted to give it a name that almost illicits affection for a cold, heartless machine. it is kinds cute, haha

(Submitted May 10, 2009 23:30:19 by Roberto)

I'm interested in buying a commodore pet working system. I will make a good offer. Please contact me by mail.

(Submitted May 4, 2009 15:21:12 by Rick Forbes)

Awesome!!! This was the first computer I used and I did my o'level on it writing a space invader type program. That was 1980 when I was 16. Now I'm a Service Delivery Manager who just attends meetings, ah! how I remember doing real work.....

(Submitted April 18, 2009 08:20:11 by Axel Giqueaux)

I have done several progs for this machine a role playing game, library books manager, bank managment. Mine had two 3.5 floppy drives, one for progs the other for databases.

(Submitted July 23, 2008 17:02:46 by Brian McDonald)

Anyone want to buy a mint Commodore CBM 8032 complete system, works, hardly used condition. Immaculate screen. 916-308-9205 cell i live in Sacramento. Thanks.

(Submitted April 12, 2008 10:26:47 by Craig Johnson)

I have a CBM 8032 computer (something I picked up in mid-2003); I decided to add it to my website at the following URL: tm

(Submitted January 31, 2008 21:11:10 by (a href=mailto:james.m.alexanderATcogecoDOTcom)james(/a))

I'm trying to get my system working again. To be precise I need to get my hands on a working drive at a reasonable price. If anyone knows where to find say a 4040, 8050, 8250, SFD1001 or 2031lp can you please let me know. I'm in canada so need one with the 120v power supply thanks

(Submitted September 25, 2007 19:50:33 by LUKASZ )

If anyone want to buy CBM 8032 + dual floppy disc 8050 and printer CBM 8028 then send me email please :D - Everything is working very well. (

(Submitted September 17, 2007 13:07:42 by Harve)

I still have a similar one sitting around. It's the Pet 2001 32n, which had the large Keyboard of the 8032, but the smaller 40 col. Monitor. I've been programming for a living now since 1983 and this was my first computer. $1,200 with the External Tape drive and the optional memory that brought it up to 32K. Not much memory by today's standards, but it made you write very efficient code.

(Submitted September 4, 2007 15:41:25 by Paul)

I used many of these when I taught computer literary and programming (BASIC and COMAL). COMAL was the official language of Scandanavian countries and thanks to Len Linsay of Wisconsin I was able to turn my 8032 into an 8096 by adding a COMAL rom board. I used a dual floppy (5 1/4) for storage and created a report card and attendance software package for a high school in St. Louis. This plus a Centronics 800 printer did all the work.

(Submitted August 10, 2007 06:10:15 by Stuart)

I've got a Pet 8032 with a 1530 tape drive, I'm desperately after any software to go with this machine, as it would be nice to see it actually running !!

If anyone can help let me know

(Submitted July 15, 2007 08:52:32 by richard payne)

Commodore Pet 4032, VGC (need minor repairs).

Offer 295 including shipping (USA shipping cost 65, cheaper for UK). Mains:- 240Vac (will not work on 110Vac, but it can be modified).

Keyboard:- Some key is functional....the PCB need chemical cleaning to remove surface oxides

PSU:- Functional, suspects dry joint at the connector,simple soldering / cleaning fix it

Monitor:- Functional, screen very good condition, almost has no burn at all. I seen many screen suffered burn (ie word/excel processing), but not this one. Mortherboard:- all parts orginal, no replacement, no modification. System:- Functional, boot up successfully, Basic version 4.0. For given age....the ROM and RAM still intacts. Speaker:- Functional, hear bleeping sound as it power up!. Chassis:- Very good condition, no marks, gave it nice clean up and it look great!. Reason for sale:- Relocation force sale.

Contact me for picture and query

(Submitted June 16, 2007 11:46:10 by Martin Cregg)

Can anyone help me to get my Pet 4016 working. Boots up fine: normal info about Basic etc. Blinking cursor. The keyboard does not work. I've taken apart and cleaned the contacts - nothing. I have tried shorting the pins of the keyboard connector on the motherboard but still nothing.



(Submitted June 8, 2007 23:47:37 by Simon)

I have a Commodore Pet 8032-SK is anyone interested? Make some serious offers and I would consider selling it. Si

(Submitted June 6, 2007 16:56:56 by Howard Schwarzman)

Available: Commodore 8032, Commodore dual disk drive & floppies w/floppie cases, Commodore 8023P (wide)printer with numerous ink-ribbon cartriges, inker with several color inks, Word-Pro software & dongle, an original manuals. All located in Baltimore, MD. 410 358-7775

(Submitted January 4, 2007 20:21:21 by Joti)

WOW 31.7KB!

(Submitted October 27, 2006 11:19:07 by Scotty)

Hier ist ein 8032 zu ersteigern! ViewItem&item=330043748216

(Submitted October 20, 2006 21:06:17 by Lance L. Spencer)

Wanted, Commodore PET, decent condition.

Willing to pay up to $150 +S/H depending on condition. email or call (716) 673-8228

Collector looking for the first computer I ever used.

(Submitted October 20, 2006 21:06:06 by Lance L. Spencer)

Wanted, Commodore PET, decent condition.

Willing to pay up to $150 +S/H depending on condition. email or call (716) 673-8228

Collector looking for the first computer I ever used.

(Submitted June 14, 2006 19:29:23 by Mike Grunwell)

This brings back some memories. My high school had a computer lab back in the mid 80's full of these. I remember learning a little Basic and playing a couple of very cool games. One game was a mystery/puzzle game you solved by typing commands like open door and reading the response. The other game was both graphical and command based. You would summon forms of weather to blast away your opponents building. I can't beleive there are still some working models out there.

(Submitted April 22, 2006 11:12:57 by Pothalamus)

I am looking for a Commodore 3032 in extremely good condition, is anyone selling or know anyone that might want to sell their 3032?

(Submitted March 7, 2006 00:03:19 by Rautela)

I urgently need Commodore 8032 with dual Floppy drive CMB 8050 for my instrumentation system. Any Hope, Any Where?

(Submitted January 2, 2006 03:57:34 by R K Agnihotri)

hi, i am desperate to buy a cbm 8050 floppy drive or full commodore computer set 8032. can anyone sell it to me or tell me where it can be found? Price will not be bar.

(Submitted January 2, 2006 03:44:09 by rajkumar)

how to place an order pl include this in your site

(Submitted December 6, 2005 14:49:46 by (a href=mailto:)Olivier Biot(/a))

Holy Cow!

That was my very first computer, back in 1986! Mine was flashed in 1979, and it had the tape recorder and a very heavy dot matrix printer. It eventually died back in 1988 when the screen only showed a horizontal line...



(Submitted October 20, 2005 11:19:20 by James Gunnari)

what I found out about this was realy cool.

(Submitted October 12, 2005 17:28:44 by Tony Linux)

Was looking for info on this model for a while, then found the model number in an old file on my system. Wondered if anyone knew of a good place to pick up a not working one. (always loved the case on these and thought it would be interesting to give new life to one by puting modern computer inside)

(Submitted September 13, 2005 05:19:18 by Trap)

My working 8032 is on eBay (ends Sunday 18th September 13:36HRS) at the moment. Had it 15+ years and wife has issued it's marching orders (don't they always)!

(Submitted August 28, 2005 19:56:04 by Craig Johnson)

I bought a CBM 8032 computer from Ebay in the summer of 2003 for $151.00, and it still works like the day it left the factory. It was one of the first things I put on the cart when I moved in October 2004.

I later purchased some 5.25 IEEE-488 disk drives for it, but have yet to find the necessary cable to connect them to the CBM 8032.

(Submitted May 17, 2005 15:44:49 by Ron)

I also have an 8032 with the added memory kit that converted it into the 8096. After all these years, I must part with it (wife's orders). Is anyone interested in an 8096 with an 8023P printer plus the dual disk drive. There is software (Silicon Office, and others)to go with the plug-in ROMs. THe 8096 and printer are in their original shipping boxes from Commodore.

Let me know if anyone is interested.

Ron W

(Submitted April 2, 2005 07:54:32 by Ron)

Like someone else here, I still have an 8096 business pet I used for years, with a ZRam board (cp/m) and 3 0r 4 8050 dual drives packed away. I had a break-in once in the office.. they left the pet but took the drive. So much different to- day... There was a place on Yonge St. (west side) (Below Lawrence if I recall correctly), I managed to find some used drives there at the time.. probably gone now... but it's worth a shot

(Submitted April 1, 2005 11:52:40 by Robert Chambers)

I have one sitting on my workbench with the tape player/recorder too. Both work great. I was considering upgrading mine to current hardware.

(Submitted March 30, 2005 18:23:48 by Noel Burger)

Just posted a Commodor 8032-sk (and 8050) on eBay. Was looking for info about it and came across this site. No reserve if anyone's interested in it. Reagrds, Noel.

(Submitted February 25, 2005 16:15:29 by carl moser)

Got four Pets in the Garage. They all worked when they were relevent, and worked when I packed them away. This week I unpacked them and everyone of those Pets will not boot up.

I understand that contacts might be the problem. Anyone else find this a problem too?

(Submitted February 19, 2005 17:11:15 by Richard)

I bought a Commodore computer in 1980. It consists of an 8032 computer with 80 character screen, 2040 dual floppy drive and an NEC Spinwriter 5530 printer. I also have a 8023 tractor printer which I never used. I used the computer with Visicalc and Wordpro programs until last year. I have other programs and manuals to go with it. I would like to sell the set as a package. When I stopped using it, it still worked fine. Make an offer for the lot.

(Submitted February 9, 2005 07:11:37 by harjee)

hi, i am desperate to buy a cbm 8050 floppy drive. can anyone sell it to me or tell me where it can be found.

(Submitted February 5, 2005 09:58:32 by Chris)

I also have an 8032 plus the external double 5.25 disk drives for it. Additionally I have two commodore 3032 PETs, one of which has an external speaker and a Computhink disk drive. I have plenty of software as these machines were my first computers. Additionally (icing on the cake) I have an original tractor feed printer. Now looking to offload - any interest out there?

(Submitted January 19, 2005 11:12:05 by Mauricio Munuera)

Oh, my God... I LOVE this computer... There are lots os PC's that I wish: Commodore PET(any model), Prologica CP-500 (It's a computer from Brazil, and I live in Brazil, but it's very hard to find...) and the Prologica Sistema700 (It's brazilian, too), Apple Lisa, Apple Macintosh... If you have anyone to sell, I'm interested in buy it, but not forget: I live in Brazil, and the ship coasts ar very expensive... and maybe... I can't buy them... but send-me an e-mail to we can talk... I have one IBM PC (8087) I love to make COBOL, Clipper, Pascal, Basic, etc. programs...

Well... send me one e-mail...

Mauricio Munuera

(Submitted November 28, 2004 09:06:47 by Kevin Lawton)

That looks like an absolutely mint 8032 you've got there. I spent time working with these in the early 1980's, alongside the cheaper model - the 4016 (40 column screen & 16 Kb memory). Excellent, solid workhorses for word processing and spreadsheet work - far better IMHO than the Tandy TRS-80 range of the same time. If anyone in the UK has an unwanted one which need a good home . . . . Cheers, Kevin.

(Submitted November 8, 2004 09:48:22 by Francesco)

Hello !! Io sono italiano, sono appassionato sono nato il 27/05/1974 e da quando avevo 8 anni ho acquistato il mio primo computer un Commodore Vic 20, da allora ho imparato i primi rudimenti di informatica ed ho cominciato a collezionare computer ma il miei preferiti sono il VIC2O, il PET (possiedo un 8032), il mitico CBM64.

Ciao !!! Pace e Prosperita !

(Submitted October 29, 2004 17:19:47 by Barry Bogart)

A spinoff was the SuperPET or SP-9000. It had an additional board with a Moto 6809 processor and 64k extra, and a serial port for comms. A software spinoff from Waterloo University (called Watcom) which developed languages like Waterloo Basic, Watfor, Watbol... also developed a set for this computer. It was widely used in universities to teach programming. The Toronto Pet User's Group put together another board with an MMU so it could run OS-9 - a Unix work-alike (which is still around). Yep, a real multi-tasking OS in 96k with no hard drive necessary. Got two in my garage! (The CoCo had a 6809 and made OS-9 widespread a little later on).

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