n 1968, encouraged by the success of the Parker 75 Spanish treasure in 1966, Parker decided to make the Space Pen, an International Classic limited edition pen that had the push button made with metal from Friendship 7, piloted by John Glenn, the first american to orbit the earth in 1962. The pens were made to commemorate the ten-year anniversary of NASA. The metal came from the "Atlas" rocket booster, salvaged in Africa. Only 250 ball-pens were made and these were solely used as gifts for heads of state and high-ranking NASA officials. Needless to say, John Glenn also received a pen.
In 1971 a Flighter (an all stainless steel) version was added to the line. It had chrome trim (CT).
t had been a long tradition with Parker to offer a ladies alternative to their pens and in 1975 the Parker Lady was launched. Ladies pens were usually smaller but the Parker Lady was of the same size and design as the International Classic, save the finish.
In 1977 the Parker Lady was offered in laquered finishes,
a design to become very popular on other models in the mid 1980’s.
In 1978 two new designs were added to the model, the Gold plated Fine Barley design called the Imperial and the Silver plated Insignia, which had a pleasing straight line design that was very distinct. By 1981 the model name Parker Lady was dropped. In 1982 a Flighter with GPT was introduced as a ballpoint and pencil and from 1983 on, the pens were advertised simply as Parker Classic, dropping the "International".
n 1986 Parker saw fit to incorporate a Fountain Pen to the Classic line. This followed the demise of the very slim Parker 180. The Parker 180 had an innovative, totally flat and very pointed nib that boasted double writeability in the ads, a function that actually had worked even back on the Vacumatics and Parker 51. The triangular nib was now ”rescued” over to the new Classic fountain pen, although the double writeability actually had been abandoned on the Parker 180 in 1983, when the solid