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How Much Can I Get for My Antique Soda Vending Machine?

Vending machines have been around for a long time, especially pop machines. The first ice-cooled vending machine was invented by Glascock Brothers in the 1930’s. The invention of dry refrigeration in the 1950’s resulted in the soda vending machine boom and they’ve been providing patrons with cold, fizzy beverages ever since. 

Obviously, the leader in the soda machine boom is Coca-Cola. Their machines have been around for decades and people have been holding on to them and collecting them for just as long. So just how much can collectors of old vending machines make on these prized items? It depends on two things, the machine’s condition and the model.

Condition

An antique Coke soda vending machine can either be graded as mint, excellent, good, or poor. A mint condition machine must be look as new as it looked when it was originally manufactured. This means that it must be unused and in its original and unopened packaging. Finding machines that were never used, let alone unpacked can be quite the task so excellent, good, or poor vending machines are much more common. A machine in excellent condition can be used but it requires its original and unopened packaging still be available. A Coke machine considered in good condition usually has a moderate amount of scratches, flaking, dings, dents, or rust. A poor grade is given to machines that are badly rusted and worn with severe dents or chipping.

Models

There are four types of models. The Vendo 39 machine is a common model made from 1949 to 1957. It held a total of 39 bottles, ranging anywhere from 6 ½ to 12 oz bottles. The original version was completely red but shifted to red and white in the late 1950’s. The Vendo 56 was made in 1957 and is highly sought-after due to its small size. It holds 56 bottles in just about any size available. The Vendo 81 was manufactured in the mid to late 1950’s and is available in three separate models. The A model is red with a green medallion on the bottle door; the B model has a two-tone paint job; and Model D has an enlarged embossed area, a larger door and holds both 6 ½ and 12 oz bottles.

Value

When it comes to valuing an antique soda vending machine, the condition and popularity of the vending machine must be taken into account. Vendo 39 machines usually range from $5,000 to $6,000 fully restored, and Vendo 56 fully restored machines range from $5,500 to $6,000. The most popular and valuable are the Vendo 81 machines which can usually bring in between $6,000 and $6,500 fully restored.

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