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7UP VMC 81 Soda Machine

September 17th, 2008 · 11 Comments

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7Up Soda Vending Machine

The 7UP VMC 81 soda vending machine is one of the most collectible models among soda machine collectors. It had a more limited production than its Coca-Cola counterpart, the Vendo 81 and is therefore harder to find. It was manufactured from the mid- to late-1950’s.

As the name indicates, this machine vends 81 bottles and pre-cools 17. It has 9 shelves that would allow vending of up to 9 different flavor choices. It can accommodate bottle sizes from 6 ½ to 12 ounces.

This is one of the VMC 81s that we restored at Vintage Vending. The original VMC 81s were produced as solid white machines, but we used the more popular green and white combination when restoring our machine.

Every soda machine we restored at Vintage Vending followed the same process. First the machine was completely disassembled and all painted parts were sandblasted. All other parts were re-chromed, powder-coated, repainted or cleaned. The coin mechanism was re-plated and rebuilt. Automotive bodywork was performed on all of the sandblasted parts. The machine was painted with PPG automotive paint. Then the machine was reassembled with a new refrigeration compressor and all electrical was replaced.

Dimensions: 58” high x 27” wide x 16” deep

Weight: 286 lbs.

Manufactured by:

The Vendolator Manufacturing Company
Fresno, California

This item is not for sale. We show restored items in this blog to encourage discussion, prompt questions and further the hobby.

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Tags: Restorations by Vintage Vending Inc. · Soda Vending Machines

11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Robert Berryhill // Jun 18, 2009 at 11:31 am

    I do not know if you have any information, but I am trying to find a key for my Vendolator Manufactured Model VF56F-B , 7UP vending machine. If you have any information regarding the finding of such a key so I can use the machine again, I would appreciate any and all information. Thanks

  • 2 stewart // Jan 25, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    where can I find front coin box for model#h81 vendo 7up machine?

  • 3 vintagevending // Jan 26, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Stewart,

    Try
    http://www.fun-tronicsllc.com/store.php?crn=317&start=2

  • 4 sue larson // Apr 24, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    I have a 10 cent 7 up machine and would like any information you could give me. I do have a picture

  • 5 vintagevending // Apr 27, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Sue,
    From what I can tell, this is a Vendorlator machine. You can double check this by looking at the manufacturer’s plate. Seven-Up machines are more rare than most Pepsi or Coke machines, but that’s all the info I can find out. Ebay has some similar machines for sale, so once you see the type of machine you have, you can easily search to see if there are any more like yours out there.

  • 6 Rockon // Aug 4, 2010 at 5:14 am

    I am trying to find a key for my Vendolator Manufactured Model VF56F-B , 7UP vending machine. If you have any information regarding the finding of such a key so I can use the machine again, I would appreciate any and all information.

  • 7 Cordell // Aug 19, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    I have a 7 up cooler with motor made by True Manufacturing Co. of St.Louis, MO. Serial No. is: 1 33593. The motor is made by Tecumseh Products Co. and would like any information you could give me. I have pictures. Thank you

  • 8 Todd Kaufman // Aug 27, 2010 at 5:28 am

    I have an old 7up machine from the 60s that I want to sell. Can anyone point me in the right direction.? I am in California. Thanks.

  • 9 RYAN // Sep 24, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    I have a Vendorlator VF81R-SA . It doesn’t look like the picture i have seen. The top is square and not rounded. What is it that i really have here? It is an old 7up machine.

  • 10 Miranda // Jul 16, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    My dad has an old 10 cent 7-Up vending machine with a square top, still works. Would like to know the market value of the machine.

  • 11 shelly hogan // Nov 15, 2011 at 10:04 am

    i have a 1959-or 1961 original 7-up machine and would like information on it as how much is one worth it is stil the white whit the 7up emblems on the side and its a 10 cents every thing is in mint condition except for the glass on the door could u please direct me as to see what it is worth. thank you

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