Immensely popular and highly collectable, the VMC 81 is the ultimate in American vintage products and this model, originally produced to vend bottles of Orange Crush, is a rare sight. This 1950's example has been fully restored inside and out, including the addition of a modern refrigeration unit which runs on a UK power supply.
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 machine vends on original dimes, which are supplied by us. Just pop a dime in the slot, throw the lever, grab your bottle and pop the cap on the built in opener. Own a little piece of American history and feel just like The Fonz every time you use it!
Orange Crush was invented in Chicago in 1906 and founded as ‘Ward’s Orange Crush’ in 1916, the brainchild of a California chemist named Neil Ward and entrepreneur Clayton Howel, who had already tried to make a go of it in the orange-soda business with Howel’s Orange Julep.The brand’s advertising signs, fountain dispensers and thermometers are all prized by collectors but these rare VMC 81 vending machines are the jewel in the crown.
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-blasted back to bare 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 Orange Crush 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 on any questions you may have before or after you purchase any Games Room Company equipment.