This superb bowling machine was produced by United Amusement Company in 1961 and is one of their finest creations. The company was known for manufacturing many bowling themed games during this period including the Tip Top, The Stardust, The Viking and the cheerily named ‘Sunny Shuffle’!
For our money the ‘5 Star’ is right up there with the best, and this lovingly restored example is in immaculate condition. The machine will accommodate up to six players and has a fully automated scoring system with backlit top box, the upper section of which even incorporates pulsating coloured lights.
Close inspection will reveal just how much care has been taken over the restoration of this vintage classic, and unlike our pinballs and jukeboxes these bowling machines demand the thorough preparation and re-varnishing of the extensive wood panelling.
The great thing about such machines is that they’re actually just a scaled down version of the original game, so if you’re a bit of a whizz down at your local bowling alley then your skills will doubtless translate to the 5 Star! It’s also very physical, with the rumble of the balls, the clank and whirr of the mechanism, and the flashing lights all contributing to the buzz!
Needless to say, you need a decent sized games room for one of these beauties but if you’ve got the space they make a show stopping centrepiece.