The 1963 Buick
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This looks like the default form from the original metal version. At some point in history, Optima’s ‘1’ got a nose job. The comparison below shows Stempel’s foundry version, the digitization by Linotype/Adobe, and, for the sake of completeness, Optima nova.
The middle version — which has been bundled with Mac OS for years — unfortunately pairs the narrowed glyph with tabular spacing. This inevitably leads to gappy numbers.
Hermann Zapf is the designer.
Thanks for the comparison, Florian. I think I like the Linotype/Adobe version best, despite the spacing issue. Very helpful!