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Vendo Coca Cola Machine Serial Number Chart

Most Vendo serial numbers begin with three digits off to the left. These first three digits are the build date of the machine. You must dis-regard any letters in your serial number in order to understand this code

Serial Number Example: 403 56501 (4 = 1954, 03 = March, 56501 = consecutive serial number) For this example, the machine was built in March of 1954

     This code was used on most Vendo soda machines built from the late 1940's thru the 1960's

    

The rest of this page and the chart below offer a historical flow of the Coke machines Vendo built during the 1940's and 1950's

DO NOT use the year of a soda machine to determine its value or to obtain parts! All that is needed is the manufacture and the model number of a soda machine for that. The year of a soda machine is simply for enjoyment ONLY!

Click on the Coke machine model number to the left for more information and specific serial number data

We do not have information for every model listed

Model #

V-83 Mech.  1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955  Discontinued

V-59 DS                         1948 1949 1950 1951  Discontinued

6-CV                              1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956  Discontinued

V-39                                        1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957  Discontinued

V-23                                        1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959-Discontinued

V-83 Electric                                                     1952 1953 1954 1955  Discontinued

V-144                                                                 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959-Discontinued

V-110                                                                 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959-Discontinued

V-216                                                                                   1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959-Discontinued

V-80                                                                                              1955 1956 1957 1958 1959-Discontinued

V-81                                                                                              1955 1956 1957 1958  Discontinued

V-44                                                                                                       1956 1957 1958  Discontinued

V-56                                                                                                                1957 1958  Discontinued

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Vendo 83 Mechanical Coca Cola Machine 

1948 - 1955                              1946 - 1947 

Vendo 83 mechanical                  Coca Cola Vendo 83 Deluxe

This was Vendo's first mass produced, upright, coin operated soda machine. To operate, you simply inserted 5 or 10 cents in the slot to the upper right, the coin mechanically allows you to lift the silver bottle door, this action turns the bottle drum inside and retrieves 1 of the 83 bottles this machine can vend. This machine will only vend one selection. And it will only hold the new 8 oz Coke bottles or the small 7 oz beer bottles if you wish. Most of the V-83's built came with a less than great Frigidaire cooling system. Now days, this can be replaced with a new, more efficient cooling system. It is a cost factor to remember when repairing or restoring a V-83

The Coca Cola Vendo 83 machine was manufactured from 1946 - 1955. From 1946 - 1947 the Vendo 83 featured a large aluminum face plate. In 1948 Vendo dropped the aluminum face plate and replaced it with two stainless steel horizontal bars. Vendo hauled production on the Vendo 83 after the 1955 model year. In 1956 Coca Cola began a new advertising campaign. Coke wanted a fresher new look. From 1956 on, all Coca Cola machines would have the top 12" painted DuPont Iceberg White. Since the Vendo 83 discontinued production at the end of 1955, all Vendo 83's originally were solid red. Coke brought some V-83's back in for a repaint to the new 1956 paint scheme. You can spot these re-painted machines easily by the obvious two-tone paint, the really flat paint they used and they normally didn't mask the machines very well either. So, the original black door gasket would be painted right over with the new two-tone look

Since the Vendo 83 was the first upright machine Coca-Cola had, they were very interested in its usability. The Vendo 83 was allowing Coke, in bottles to break sales records. It was in their best interest to use the V-83 to its full potential. Even though Vendo halted production on the V-83 at the end of 1955, many were updated or converted along with the updated paint scheme

    
Coca-Cola V-83 conversion

This Vendo 83 was repainted with the two tone paint scheme then converted to a multi-selection machine. This late 50's conversion allows the customer to view the selection through the bottle door while turning the handle to the right. Once your selection was visible, you simply inserted your 10 cents then lift the bottle door

 

SelectVend conversion brouchure

Selectivend Corporation offered their conversion kits to many models. Above, you can see the Vendo 83 conversion. This conversion offered 9 selections with a 99 bottle vending capacity. It also allowed for the adjustability of bottle sizes from 6 to 12 oz bottles. Sure wish these conversions where still available 

63" Tall, 32-1/2" Wide and 18" Deep

DO NOT use the year to determine value or to obtain parts! All that is needed is the manufacture and model number. This information is for amusement ONLY

Disregard all letters in your serial number and focus on the numbers only

Year    Coca Cola Vendo 83 Mechanical Version Serial Numbers

1946       1001 thru 4703

1947       4704 thru 47303

1948       47304 thru 103262

1949       103263 thru 108525

1950       108526 thru 121200

1951       121201 thru 129682

1952       129683 thru 134662

1953       134686 thru 138049

1954       138050 thru 139908

1955       139909 thru 139959

1956       Discontinued

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Vendo 59 Coca Cola Machine 

1948-1951    

Coca-Cola Vendo 59

Not much is known about the Vendo 59. Most of these were Westinghouse machines that Vendo purchased then added there coin operated top and inside mechanism. These were an early version of the V-23. To operate the V-59, you simply inserted 5 cents in the slot, then rotated the top lid to the next bottle. You would then opened the lid and pull out your beverage

The Coca Cola Vendo 59 machine was manufactured from 1948 - 1951. It will only vend the small 8 oz Coke bottles or small 7 oz beer bottles if you wish, and it only offers one selection. Vendo hauled production of the Vendo 59 after the 1951 model year. Since the V-59 was really a Westinghouse chest box, it came with a less than great Frigidaire cooling system. Now days this can be replaced with a brand new, more efficiant cooling system but it is a cost to consider when restoring a V-59

37" Tall, 34-1/2" Wide and 27" Deep

DO NOT use the year to determine value or to obtain parts! All that is needed is the manufacture and model number. This information is for amusement ONLY

Disregard all letters in your serial number and focus on the numbers only

Year    Coca Cola Vendo 59 Serial Numbers

1948       201000 thru 209126

1949       209127 thru 210300

1950       210301 thru 211190

1951       211191 thru 211467

1952       Discontinued

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Vendo Six-Case Vertical Coca Cola Machine 

1948-1956    

Coca Cola Six Case Vertical       Coca Cola Six Case Vertical

The Coca Cola 6-CV was Vendo's first multi-drink upright soda machine. This machine holds 6-cases of bottled soda but was never manufactured with a coin mechanism. The 6-CV was designed for Point-of-Purchase sales in grocery stores. To operate the 6-CV, you simply opened the door, removed your bottle and paid the cashier along with any other items you where purchasing

The Coca Cola Vendo 6-CV machine was manufactured from 1948 - 1956 and was built in two different versions. The late version had an external removable cap catcher where as the early version had the cap catcher internally, like the Vendo 83. The 6-CV's are really nice machines, not only do they hold 6 cases of bottles but they will accept bottle sizes from the new small 8 oz Coke bottle up to a 12 oz long neck bottle. They can also easily accept 12 oz cans! The 6-CV does all this with 10 selections to choose from. They truly are a very nice versatile machine! The Vendo 6-CV used the exact same cabinet as the V-83, having just changed the inner liner and the front door. Vendo hauled production on the Vendo 6-CV after the 1956 model year

In 1956 Coca Cola began a new advertising campaign focusing on a fresher new look. From 1956 on, all Coca Cola machines would have the top 12" painted DuPont Iceberg White. For the 1956 model year, the Vendo 6-CV was painted with the new two-tone paint scheme. Coke brought some 6-CV's back in for a repaint to the new 1956 paint scheme. You can easily spot these re-painted machines not only from the two tone paint scheme, but because they really didn't mask the machines very well, usually 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 used chrome tape instead
    

63" Tall, 32-1/2" Wide and 18" Deep

DO NOT use the year to determine value or to obtain parts! All that is needed is the manufacture and model number. This information is for amusement ONLY

Disregard all letters in your serial number and focus on the numbers only

Year    Coca Cola Vendo 6-CV Serial Numbers

1948       1000 thru 1567

1949       1568 thru 4602

1950       4603 thru 11134

1951       11135 thru 13007

1952       13008 thru 15350

1953       15351 thru 17170

1954       17171 thru 19232

1955       19233 thru 21032

1956       21033 thru 21631

1957       Discontinued

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Vendo 39 Coca Cola Machine 

    1949-1957

Coca Cola Vendo 39 brouchure     Coca Cola Vendo 39 in two-tone

The Coca Cola V-39 was Vendo's first coin operated upright machine for smaller locations. This was the smaller version of the Vendo 83 and worked on the same principle. To operate the V-39, you simply inserted 5 or 10 cents in the slot, the coin mechanically allows you to crank the handle, this action turns the bottle drum inside and retrieves 1 of the 39 bottles this machine will vend. The V-39 will only vend one selection and will only hold the new 8 oz Coke bottles or 7 oz beer bottles if your wish. Having been manufactured for smaller locations, the Vendo 39 was seen everywhere from outside of general stores to gas stations. Vendo built around 80,000 of these so, they are extremely common

The Coca Cola Vendo 39 was manufactured from 1949 - 1957. From 1949 - 1955 the Vendo 39 came in solid red and "ICE COLD" script at the bottom of the front door. The coin entry plate was stamped stainless steel. From 1956 - 1957 the Vendo 39 came in two-tone paint and "Vendo" script at the bottom of the front door. The coin entry was a chrome casting. Vendo hauled production on the Vendo 39 after the 1957 model year

In 1956 Coca Cola began a new advertising campaign focusing on a fresher new look. From 1956 on, all Coca Cola machines would have the top 12" painted DuPont Iceberg White. For the 1956 and 1957 model years, the Vendo 39 was painted with the new two-tone paint scheme. Coke brought some V-39's back in for a repaint to the new 1956 paint scheme. You can easily spot tell these re-painted machines not only from the two tone paint scheme, but because they really didn't mask the machines very well, painting right over the door gasket. Also, machines originally painted with the two tone paint scheme came with stainless steel trim separating the two colors. Repainted machines would have chrome tape instead or screwed-on trim

    
Coca-Cola V-39 converstion

Since the Coca-Cola Vendo 39 was a very common, popular machine and it was on many locations already, many people chose to convert their V-39 to a multi-drink machine rather than purchase a whole new Coke machine. For the conversion in the photo above,  a plexy glass window was added to the inside of the main door. A hand crank was also added to the front of the machine in order to turn the drum. Now, the customer could turn the hand crank to view their selections through the plexy glass window. Once there selection was visible, they would insert 10 cents, cranked down on the coin mechanism handle, this action would lock the drum in place so you could not pull out more than one bottle. And slide open the plexy glass window to retrieve their selection. The plexy glass window in the photo above has seen better days. Originally, it was clear

    

Selectivend conversion V-39

Selectivend Corporation offered their conversion kits to many models. Above, you can see the V-39 conversion. This conversion offered 6 selections with a 48 bottle vending capacity. It also allowed for the adjustability of bottle sizes from 6 to 12 oz bottles. Sure wish these conversion kits where still available

58" Tall, 27" Wide and 16" Deep

DO NOT use the year to determine value or to obtain parts! All that is needed is the manufacture and model number. This information is for amusement ONLY

Disregard all letters in your serial number and focus on the numbers only

Year    Coca Cola Vendo 39 Serial Numbers

1949       1001 thru 13703

1950       13704 thru 30629

1951       30630 thru 37797

1952       37798 thru 46934

1953       46935 thru 56480

1954       56481 thru 65795

1955       65795 thru 73883

1956       73884 thru 80426

1957       80427 thru 81911

1958       Discontinued

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Vendo 23 Coca Cola Machine 

1949-1959 

Deluxe

Coca Cola Vendo 23 "Spin Top"

 

Vendo 23 Standard

Coca Cola Vendo 23 Standard for 1957

In the 1930's and early 1940's, Vendo had built a coin operated top that could be installed on Westinghouse chest machines making them into a coin operated machine. In 1949 Vendo chose to build a whole machine based on that top and so was born the Vendo 23 Coca Cola machine. The Vendo 23 was offered as an alternative to the much larger upright machines. To operate the V-23, you simply inserted 5 or 10 cents in the slot on the top lid, the coin mechanically allows you to turn the chrome “Orange Squeezer” style knob. This action spins the top and retrieves 1 of the 23 bottles this machine will vend. For this reason the Vendo 23 is referred to as the "Spin Top" machine. The V-23 will only vend one selection and it will only hold the new 8 oz Coke bottles or the small 7 oz beer bottles if you wish. Having been manufactured for smaller locations, the Vendo 23 was seen everywhere from outside of general stores to gas stations. Vendo built around 40,000+ of the V-23 so, they are quite common. The Vendo 23 is a really nice, small machine that runs very quietly. It will usually fit in even the smallest of places. For this reason I have seen them in kitchens or located behind the bar in the family rec-room

The Coca Cola Vendo 23 was manufactured from 1949 – 1959. It was offered in Standard and Deluxe. The Deluxe (pictured above) featured a painted silver top lid, embossed "Coca Cola" and a lower storage area for your empty bottles with a bi-fold hinge. So, the tray stayed pretty level as you pulled the door open. Most Deluxe models also have "ICE COLD" script at the bottom as well. The Standard model V-23 came in solid red paint, had a "Coca Cola" decal on the front and a lower storage area for empty bottles with a one piece door. So, the tray would tilt with the door as you pulled it open. The Standard model V-23 usually had the "Vendo" script at the bottom instead of "ICE COLD" The early Vendo 23's had a small chrome knob style handle on the lid requiring you to grab and spin the top yourself rotating the lid to the next bottle. The Chrome “Orange Squeezer” style knob version is much easier to operate. Vendo hauled production on the Vendo 23 after the 1959 model year. I have seen the Vendo 23 offered in 1960's sales brochure from Vendo. So, there must have been many V-23’s left over they were trying to sell off

    
1960 Vendo sales brochure

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. The Vendo 23 never came in any red - white paint schemes even though the Westinghouse and Cavalier chest machines did. Instead, Coke began using a Fishtail logo, in 1958 that wrapped around the Coca Cola script

Coca Cola Vendo 23 from 1958

36" Tall, 24" Wide and 21" Deep

DO NOT use the year to determine value or to obtain parts! All that is needed is the manufacture and the model number. This information is for amusement ONLY

Disregard all letters in your serial number and focus on the numbers only

Year    Coca Cola Vendo 23 Serial Numbers

1949       1001 thru 4650

1950       4651 thru 9701

1951       9702 thru 10713

1952       10714 thru 13497

1953       13498 thru 16764

1954       16765 thru 22431

1955       22432 thru 31558

1956       31559 thru 35950

1957       35951 thru 37853

1958       37854 thru 39941

1959       39942 thru Discontinued

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Vendo 83 Electric Coca Cola Machine 

1952-1955 

Coca Cola Vendo 83 Electric

Beginning in the 1952 model year, Vendo offered the model 83 Coca Cola machine with a new electronic coin mechanism. This required the addition of a large coin door to the front of the machine. To operate the V-83 “Electric” version, you simply insert 5 or 10 cents in the slot on the coin door, the coin electronically activates a solenoid that allows you to lift the silver bottle door. This action turns the bottle drum inside and retrieves 1 of the 83 bottles this machine will vend. The V-83 offers one selection and will only accept the new 8 oz Coke bottles or the small 7 oz beer bottles if you wish

The Coca Cola Vendo 83 Electric was manufactured from 1952 - 1955 and came with two stainless steel horizontal bars across the front. Vendo hauled production on the Vendo 83 Electric after the 1955 model year. 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. Since the Vendo 83 discontinued production at the end of 1955, all Vendo 83's were originally solid red. Coke brought some V-83's 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 also because they usually were no masked very well having painted right over the black door gasket

    

Selectivend conversion V-83

Selectivend Corporation offered their kits to many models. Above, you can see the V-83 conversion. This conversion offered 9 selections with a 99 bottle vending capacity. It also allowed for the adjustability of bottle sizes from 6 to 12 oz bottles. Sure wish these conversion kits where still available


63" Tall, 32-1/2" Wide and 18" Deep

DO NOT use the year to determine value or to obtain parts! All that is needed is the manufacture and model number. This information is for amusement ONLY

Disregard all letters in your serial number and focus on the numbers only

Year    Coca Cola Vendo 83 Electric Serial Numbers

1952       1001 thru 2254

1953       2255 thru 5616

1954       5617 thru 10280

1955       10281 thru 10977

1956       Discontinued

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Vendo 110 Coca Cola Machine 

1952-1959    

Coca-Cola V-110 1952-55

The V-110 was Vendo's coin operated version of the 6-CV multi-drink upright soda machine. The V-110 could be placed in unattended locations where the 6-CV could not

The Coca Cola Vendo 110 was manufactured from 1952 - 1959 with the top corners “Rounded” The V-110 was built in three different versions: From 1952 - 1955 the V-110 was solid red with a stamped stainless steel coin entry plate. In 1956 Vendo added the two tone paint scheme and replaced the coin entry plate with a chrome one. And finally, from 1957 - 1959 Vendo added a large coin door to the front in order to accommodate a larger coin mechanism that was capable of giving change back from a quarter. The chrome coin entry plate grew larger and now included a window to display “Correct Change Only” The V-110 is a very versatile machine. Not only will it vend 110 bottles but, it will also accept bottle sizes from the small 7 oz beer bottles, the new small 8 oz Coke bottle up to a 12 oz long neck bottle. The V-110 also offers 10 selections! The Vendo 110 uses the same cabinet as the V-83 and the 6-CV, having just changed the inner liner and the front door. Vendo hauled production on the Vendo 110 "Round Corner" version toward the end of the 1959 model year. But, because the V-110 had proven itself, they began production on the "Square Corner" version of the Vendo 110 for the 1960 model year


Coca-Cola V110 1956

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 110 was painted with the new two-tone paint scheme. Coke brought some V-110's back in for a repaint to the new 1956 paint scheme. You usually can 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

63" Tall, 32-1/2" Wide and 18" Deep

DO NOT use the year to determine value or to obtain parts! All that is needed is the manufacture and model number. This information is for amusement ONLY

Disregard all letters in your serial number and focus on the numbers only

Year    Coca Cola Vendo 110 Serial Numbers

1952       1001 thru 1186

1953       1187 thru 5386

1954       5387 thru 10664

1955       10665 thru 16853

1956       16854 thru 24335

1957       24336 thru 30746

1958       30747 thru 33954

1959       33955 thru Discontinue of "Round Corner" version

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Vendo 81 Coca Cola Machine 

1955-1958    

Coca-Cola Vendo 81D

V-81D

The Coca Cola Vendo 81 machine was manufactured from 1955 - 1958 with the top corners "Rounded" The V-81 was built in three different versions: In 1955 this model was listed as a V-81A. It came in solid red paint with a chrome coin entry plate casting. In 1956, this model was called the V-81B. 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 V-81D. 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 V-81 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 V-81 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 V-81 is also roughly the same out dimensions as the V-39. Vendo hauled production on the Vendo 81 "Round Corner" version toward the end of the 1958 model year. But, because the V-81 had proven itself, in 1960 Vendorlator began production on the "Square Corner" version of the 81 for off brands such as Pepsi, 7-up etc. Vendo then replaced the 81 with their new model for Coke, the V-90 “square top”

Coca-Cola V-81A

V-81A

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 V- 81 was painted with the new two-tone paint scheme. Coke brought some 81's 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

58" Tall, 27" Wide and 16" Deep

DO NOT use the year to determine value or to obtain parts! All that is needed is the manufacture and model number. This information is for amusement ONLY

Disregard all letters in your serial number and focus on the numbers only

Year    Coca Cola Vendo 81 Serial Numbers

1955       1001 thru 11779

1956       11780 thru 21213

1957       21214 thru 33162

1958       33163 thru 37737

1959       Discontinue of "Round Corner" version

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