The first year Vendo 81 was the Vendo 81A from 1955, It was produced with an all red paint theme, a smaller embossment that was off centered to the left, a single row of side vents, and a green plastic bottle door emblem. The coin mechanisms in this model were strictly nickel/dime operation. Because this model was produced with the all red paint theme, there was no stainless steel banding necessary to separate colors. It has become an acceptable restoration practice to restore the Vendo 81As in the both the original all red paint theme, as well as the popular red and white paint theme.
This model is entirely mechanical, and has been fully restored back to the concourse condition of its heyday. It is hungrily sought after by collectors, and consistently highly valued. Vibrant, solid and reliable, one of the major attractions of this cool machine lies in its versatility. Bottles of beer, a variety of fizzy drinks and even quarter bottles of champagne can be chilled in its refrigerated interior.
The Vendo H81-A brings with it a taste of yesteryear – producing the most popular drink for well over half a century. It’s the Real Thing; have yourself a taste of the most valuable brand in the world, and your own piece of American history.
Our skilled engineers go as far as they possibly can to bring these machines back to how they were when they left the factory, building on the high standards that we first set in the 1950s. The cabinet is shot-blast back to bear metal and its liveries are repainted by an experienced classic car sprayer. The shelves are re-anodised and the vending and coin mechanisms are removed and reconditioned. The refrigeration unit is either fully serviced or replaced, and the chrome parts are sent to London chromers. Quality is integral to the history and value of these vintage Coke machines, and no one understands that better than us at the Games Room Company.
Our history with these machines stretches back over half a century – our founder, Reginald Waldersmith, was installing them on US Air Force bases back in the 1950s, not long after their manufacture. Being a relatively new invention at the time put the Coke Machines in unrivalled demand, and Reginald himself was known to occasionally share a drink with the GIs. We’ve been selling these machines since 1962, so know a thing or two about our products! Our showroom will gladly assist you with any questions you may have before or after you purchase any Games Room Company equipment.
- Dimensions: (H) 149cm x (W) 71cm x (D) 57cm (incl handle)
- Made in the USA
- Year: 1955
- Fully restored to mint, concourse condition
- Capacity: up to 81 bottles of Coca-Cola, Beer, or quarter bottles of champagne
- Suited to all standard size glass bottles
- All original hardwareVends on original dimes
- Converted to work on British power supply