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Cavalier Coca Cola Machine Serial Number Chart

    

    Late 1950's Cavalier Sales 

The charts below offer a historical flow of the coin operated Coca Cola machines Cavalier built. There are two charts, 1950's era round top Coca Cola machines and 1960's thru 1970's square top Coca Cola machines

To use these charts, you will need the model number and the serial number of your machine. The model number and serial number of your machine can be found on a brass tag located on the outside cabinet of your machine

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

What do the letters and numbers in the model number mean?

Here is an example, C-27. Usually, the model number of any soda machine will begin with a letter. This letter is usually the first letter in the manufactures name. In this case "C" for Cavalier Corporation. It is then followed by a dash then the model number which is the amount of bottles the machine will hold in the vending mechanism. In this case "27" This machine will vend 27 bottles, total in the vending mechanism

Let's try another one. Example, CS-72. Here we have the first letter of the manufactures name, "C" for Cavalier. Then an "S" which stands for Selector or Selection, meaning more than one flavor of soda can be offered. Machines with a "C" only, offer one selection usually. Then we have the dash and the amount of bottles the machine will vend. 72 bottles total, in this case

Let's try another one. Example, CSS-96F. Here we have the first letter of the manufactures name, "C" for Cavalier. Then an "S" for Selector. Then another "S" This second "S" refers to a cabinet change. In this case, switching from a round top 50's style machine to a square top 60's style machine. Machines with "CS" will usually be a round top machine. This is not always the case. Cavalier made the model "C-55" and "CS-55" Both in square top versions only. The C-55 is a single selection machine. So, it cannot have a second "S" Because there isn't a first "S" The "CS-55" is a 2 selection machine. So, it has the first "S" But, why add the second "S" if you did not add it for the "C-55" So, that machine is one odd example of how it sometimes does not work. But for most other machines, the rules do apply. Getting back to our example, we have a dash followed by the amount of bottles the machine will vend, 96 bottles total, in this case. And finally an "F" which refers to the series of machine, usually a cosmectic trim change

Let's try something that might throw you. Example, USS-96. Don't worry, most of these rules still apply. Cavalier just changed the first letter because they came out with a machine that could vend bottles or cans, making it "Universal" So, the first letter was chaged to "U" to signify this

These examples have all been upright coin operated Coca Cola machines that vend single bottles. What about a chest type non-coin operated Coca Cola machine? Example, C-12. The "C" stands for Cavalier. But, since this machine does not vend individual bottles, it just has a large open area inside and you would pay a cashier, the "12" refers to how many cases the machine will hold of the original 6-1/2 oz Coke bottles. This machine will hold 12 cases of the original 6-1/2 oz Coke bottles

Here is another chest type machine. Example, CMD-D. The first "C" still refers to Cavalier. But, now we have an "M" This letter refers back to the old days of the 1930's when manufactures has names for there machines instead of model numbers. Names like "Junior" which we the smallest chest type box offered and came with one lid. "Standard" which was simply double the size of a "Junior" and offered two "Junior" size lids. "Master" which was the next size up and the largest of the two lid versions. Then, they got really big. They were called "Giant" and offered four lids. In our example we have an "M" which refers to the "Master" size version. Usually around 10 to 12 cases. One might consider this to be a medium size machine as well. If you would have a "G" instead of an "M", it would refer the the "Giant" style machine. The next letter is a "D" which stands for Dry. This also refers back to the 1930's & 40's when most chest type boxes cooled the drinks by means of water. The machine was filled with water and the cooling system chilled the water. These water cooled machines were banned in 1948 because most people simply did not clean the water and it caused many customers to get sick. They then made a new system that cooled the air. Something we have all become very use to now days. And this was called the "Dry" box meaning, no water was needed. And the last letter we have is a "D" which simply refers to the series of machine. Usually some cosmetic feature

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

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

1950's Era Cavalier Coke Machines

Model #

C-27     1949  1950  Discontinued

C-51               1950  1951  1952  1953  1954  1955  1956  1957  1958  1959  1960 Discontinued

C-33                                                                           1956  1957  Discontinued

CS-72                                                                                   1957  1958  1959  Discontinued

CS-96                                                                                   1957  1958  1959  1960 1961  1962  1963 Discontinued

 

1960's - 1970's Era Cavalier Coke Machines

1960's Cavalier Coke Machine Brochure

Model #

CS-64   1960  1961  1962  1963  1964  1965  1966  1967  1968  1969  1970  1971  1972  1973  1974  1975  1976  1977  1978  Discontinued

CS-80   1960  1961  1962  1963  1964  1965  1966  1967  1968  1969  1970  Discontinued

C-55               1961  1962  1963  Discontinued

CSS-96                                         1964  1965  1966  1967  1968  1969  1970  1971  1972  1973  1974 Discontinued


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Cavalier 27 Coca Cola Machine 

1949-1950 

 Cavalier C-27 Coca Cola Machine     C-27 inside

41" Tall, 18" Wide, 22" Deep

The C-27 Coca Cola Machine was Cavaliers first attempt at a dedicated coin operated soda machine. Cavalier did have coin operated machines before this model, however they were open chest boxes where a coin operated top had been added

To operate the Cavalier C-27, you inserted 5 cents in the slot to the upper right, the inserted coin mechanically allows you to turn the small "Ships Wheel" style handle. This action retrieves 1 of the 27 bottles this machine vends and drops it out the chute below. If the machine was "Sold Out", it would light the red "Empty" light next to the coin chute

The "Ships Wheel" handle was installed on the first couple of runs. Then Cavalier changed the handle to a Star Wheel or what more looked like an Orange Squeezer looking handle. We believe they did this because the Ships Wheel handle could get broken very easily. The Cavalier C-27 Coca Cola machine will only vend one selection and it will only hold the new 8 oz Coca Cola bottles or the small 7 oz beer bottles if you wish

The Cavalier 27 is a very small machine, originally indented for small businesses or offices. So, it is a perfect size for any room in your home. The Ships Wheel on the front has certainly made the C-27 very desirable, even though it only offers one selection. Keep in mind, Cavalier only produced around 5600 of the C-27's in less than two years. So, not only is the C-27 rare to find but parts are as well. And not many reproduction parts have been made for this model either for the same reasons, not a huge demand. Also, the C-27 usually came with a less than great Frigidaire cooling system. This can be replaced with a new, more efficient cooling system. It is a cost to factor in when repairing or restoring a C-27. Bottom line, this is a great collectable, nice small machine that could even fit in your kitchen. You're best to start with a complete one


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

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

Date    Coca Cola Cavalier C-27 Serial numbers

2-1949       148051 thru 148350

5-1949       152101 thru 152600

7-1949       156101 thru 157100

5-1950       167591 thru 168090

7-1950       170691 thru 171190

                 Total C-27 built = 5600

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Cavalier 51 Coca Cola Machine 

1950-1960    

Cavalier C-51 Coca Cola Machine early version     Cavalier C-51 Coca Cola Machine late version

65" Tall, 25" Wide, 21" Deep

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

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

Date          Coca Cola C-51 Serial numbers

12-1950       Produced 100, we have no documentation

1951            177251 thru 194557

1952            196059 thru 208308

1953            209309 thru 228202

1954            228216 thru 239652

1955            239953 thru 248752

1956            255258 thru 260266

1957            262371 thru 269081

1958            275132 thru 291832

1959            301334 thru 318836

1960            335164 thru 350970

                   Total C-51 built = 52,453

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Cavalier 33 Coca Cola Machine 

1956-1957    

Cavalier C-33 Coca Cola Machine 

41" Tall, 18" Wide, 22" Deep

The C-33 Coca Cola machine was introduced in late 1956. Cavalier needed a machine that would fit the smaller office type locations since their C-27 model had not been produced since late 1950. They chose the platform from the C-27, re-engineered the inside to accommodate one more six pack and exchanged the crank mechanism to the newer handle type that had proven itself by now. Cavalier also took this opportunity to install the much more reliable Tecumseh cooling unit. So, the C-33 operated the same as the C-27, but offered greater bottle capacity, a more reliable vending handle and a more reliable cooling unit

 In 1956 Coca Cola began a new advertising campaign. Coke wanted a fresher new look. From 1956 on, all Coca Cola machines would have a two tone scheme painted with DuPont Iceberg White. All Coca Cola C-33's came with a red cabinet and a white front door. Cavalier did produce around 500 C-33's specifically for 7-UP as well

The Cavalier C-33 will only vend 33 of the new 8 oz Coke bottles or the small 7 oz beer bottles if you wish. It is a single selection machine. Cavalier only produced around 2500 of the C-33. That is half as many as the C-27. Yet, the C-33 seems to be easier to find and get parts for. Perhaps this is because the C-33 was produced in the late 50's? Cavalier produced the C-33 in a series "A" and "C" We do not know the difference between these. If you do please contact us

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

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

Date       Series   Coca Cola C-33 Serial numbers

09-1956     C-33A         252753 thru 252852

11-1956     C-33C         258258 thru 258757     For 7-UP ONLY, not Coke

02-1957     C-33C         261267 thru 262266

10-1957     C-33C         271226 thru 271725

                                  Total C-33 built = 2500

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Cavalier CS-72 Coca Cola Machine 

    1957-1959

Cavalier CS-72 Coca Cola Machine

Cavalier 72 inside

57" Tall, 25" Wide, 22" Deep

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

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

Coca Cola Cavalier CS-72 Serial numbers

Date    CS-72A  Serial Numbers               Date   CS-72B  Serial Numbers

1957            271726 thru 273225                      1959             310476 thru 321336

1958            273632 thru 294332                                          Total CS-72B built = 4500

1959            295333 thru 308934

                   Total CS-72A = 15,000 built

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Cavalier CS-96 Coca Cola Machine

1957 - 1963

Cavalier CS-96

67" Tall, 25" Wide, 22" Deep

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

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

Coca Cola Cavalier CS-96 Serial Numbers

Date    CS-96A Serial Numbers       Date    CS-96B Serial Numbers

1957       271826 thru 273625                 1959       311436 thru 322336

1958       274132 thru 294832                               Total CS-96B built = 3500

1959       296333 thru 309934

              Total CS-96A built = 10,500

Date     CS-96C Serial Numbers      Date       CS-96D Serial Numbers

1960       328139 thru 346870                 1961        353522 thru 375674

              Total CS-96C built = 5500                      Total CS-96D built = 5500

Date       CS-96E Serial Numbers

1962       379875 thru 398176

1963       401677 thru 423576

               Total CS-96E built = 8000

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