I think I read in the owner's manual it was a 1949. My menory isn't as good as it once was. It may be older. I have tools to use it as a wood lathe too. I can slow it down to turn very slowly and speed it up, all my moving belts around and a gear box inside.
What takes more time is changing the gears on the side, which I'm happy with them so I don't change. Don't have a desire to make threads.
Don't use it much, but it's nice to make things I can't buy.