The model shown here, painted all red was only produced in 1955. The later models all had a white top and some had a chrome stripe around the machine. The machine has had some restoration work done to it. Whoever did this work did an incredible job, and this makes the beautiful machine no less collectible. The springs on two of the shelves are missing.
The springs just help hold the bottles in place and keep them straight, it works fine without them. The machine works perfectly and there is a light in the door vending compartment. In doing research on the machine, it became obvious that while the Vendo 81 is one of the more rare types of Coke vending machines, this one, with this particular color scheme seems to be extremely rare. With being available only in the first year of production, I can see why."Here's a Coke For You" is on each side of the machine. Door features disk emblem that says "Have a Coke". On the top of the front of the machine is painted "Drink Coca-Cola in Bottles" and this is also embossed. Included is a reprint of the original owner's manual.
Vends 81 bottles, pre-cools an additional 17 bottles. Can also dispense larger bottles such as beer bottles. The dimensions are: 58" tall, 27" wide and 16 deep.
Note minor chip, see photo with arrow. Size of chip is about 1/16 or less than 2mm. This machine works perfectly, even the light.No guarantee is made after it leaves my possession. The item "Authentic 1955 Vendo 81 Coke Coca Cola Machine" is in sale since Sunday, April 30, 2017. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Banks, Registers & Vending\Vending Machines\Soda". The seller is "985holmes" and is located in East Machias, Maine. This item can't be shipped, the buyer must pick up the item.