Cavalier 72 and
Cavalier 96 Coke Machine
Along with the Cavalier
96 Coke Machine the Cavalier 72
Coke Machine is
absolutely one of the most popular machines around. Produced between
1958-1959 by the Cavalier corporation this model has all the
desirable features - rounded corners, slant shelf, glass door,
embossing, and as an added bonus when you deposit a coin the "Have a
Coke" button lights up until you remove the bottle.
Like all the other Cavalier
machines, this machine was produced exclusively for Coca Cola.
Some Cavalier 72 coke machines came with the
red/white front door, but a majority of all Cavalier 72 models were
painted ice berg white on the front door and the rest of the machine
was painted Coca-Cola red. When restored some machines were painted
the typical Red & White as seen above.
All Cavalier 72 Coke
machines also came with the words
"Drink Coca-Cola" embossed on the top.
Another feature the Cavalier 72 came with was
an electric coin mech that could be adjusted to accept various
Cavalier 72 Coke Machine is a slant shelf machine that didn't have a crank
handle to vend the sodas. This machine automatically released one
bottle for removal once change was deposited. A unique
feature for a fifties machine is the electric coin mechanism which
eliminates the need to push down a handle to vend your soda. This
allows you to set your machine for current prices and makes the Cavalier
72 coke machine and Cavalier 96 Coke machine,
a perfect choice for restaurants and retail locations. Another
feature of the Cavalier 72 is the red Have a Coke lens on the front door
which illuminates when the proper amount of money has been inserted.
One of the most sought after machines ever produced, Cavalier 72
Coke Machine is an
undisputed classic. Available with an all white front door or the
more traditional red and white.
These machines are commonly restored to resemble the Vendo 81 with a "white top"; however, the Cavalier 72 originally came with an all white front door and red cabinet with a "white top".
Vendo 81 Coke Machine
Coca Cola Vendo 81 Coke machine was manufactured from 1955 - 1958 with
the top corners "Rounded" The Vendo 81 coke machine was built in three different
versions: In 1955 this model was listed as a Vendo 81 A. It came in solid
red paint with a chrome coin entry plate casting. In 1956, this
model was called the Vendo 81 B. Vendo added the two-tone paint scheme
and made the Coca-Cola lettering on the front door much larger.
Finally, from 1957 – 1958, this model was called the Vendo 81 D. Vendo
added a large coin door, on the front in order to accommodate a
larger coin mechanism capable of giving change for a quarter. The
Vendo 81 Coke Machine is a very versatile machine. Not only will it vend 81 bottles
but, it will accept bottle sizes from the small 7 oz beer bottle,
the new small 8 oz Coke bottle up to a 12 oz long neck bottle. The Vendo 81
Coke Machine also offers 9 selections! The Vendo 81 uses the same cabinet as
the V-80, having just changed the inner liner and the front door.
The Vendo 81 Coke Machine is also roughly the same dimensions as the Vendo 39. Vendo
hauled production on the Vendo 81 "Round Corner" version toward the
end of the 1958 model year. But, because the Vendo 81 had proven itself,
in 1960 Vendorlator began production on the "Square Corner" version
of the Vendo 81 Coke machine for off brands such as Pepsi, 7-up etc. Vendo then
replaced the Vendo 81 with their new model for Coke, the V-90 “square top”
In 1956 Coca Cola began a new advertising campaign focusing
on a fresher new look. From 1956 on, all Coca Cola upright machines
would have the top 12" painted DuPont Iceberg White. From 1956 on,
the Vendo 81 was painted with the new two-tone paint scheme. Coke
brought some Vendo 81 Coke machines back in for a repaint to the new 1956 paint
scheme. You can usually spot these re-painted machines not only from
the two tone paint scheme, but because they usually didn't mask the
machines very well, painting right over the black door gasket. Also,
machines originally painted with the two tone paint scheme came with
stainless steel trim separating the two colors. Repainted machines
had chrome tape or screwed-on trim.
Cavalier 64 Coke Machine
The Cavalier 64 coke machine, CSS-8-64G is a 8 selection bottle
vendor that was produced by Cavalier corporation in the mid 1960's.
is similiar to the CSS-8-64 except it has a light up 3D sign.
machine is known as a "Slant Shelf" vendor because it uses slanted
shelves to vend its drinks. This is a major plus because it allowed
tthe machine to vend all sorts of drinks in various bottle sizes.
type of machine is known by collectors as a "Square Corner" because
the top does not have rounded corners like many of the older
machines. Several years ago "Square Corner" machines were typically
passed up by most collectors and completely ignored. Today these
machines are more popular than ever and have started to rise in
value. The main reason for the quick turnaround is due to the fact
that the older round corner machines are in limited supply and are
getting real expensive. This has forced collectors and first time
buyers to look at the more affordable, easier to find, square corner
Along with the Cavalier 64 coke machine, CSS-8-64G Cavalier also
produced the USS-8-64, CSS-8-64, the CS-64D, and probably more.