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Cavalier 51 Coca-Cola Vending Machine

October 3rd, 2008 · 45 Comments

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1950s Coke Vendor

The Cavalier Coca-Cola vending machine was designed by Cavalier to compete directly with the Vendo 39. It vends 51 cold bottles of Coca-Cola and pre-cools 36 bottles, which is a greater volume than the 39 vended, 20 cooled of the Vendo 39. Other features you can see listed in this brochure are that it’s easy to load, has an all-metal construction, chrome-plated hardware and a large crown catcher. Each bottle travels on a belt in its own aluminum tube, so the bottles are not rubbing together as they are stored and dispensed.

Coca-Cola Brochure

These soda machines were made from the early 1950’s to the late 1950’s, but they were not as popular as their competition.


24 ¾” wide x 20 ¼” deep x 64 9/16” high
360 lbs.

Manufactured by:

Cavalier Corporation

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Have you seen a Cavalier 51? Please blog-in with your feedback/comments.

Tags: Antique Advertising · Coca-Cola · Soda Vending Machines

45 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Gary Cummings // Jan 5, 2009 at 9:25 am

    I have a cavalire 51 and need parts to restore it .Could someone give me a number to call to get the parts I need? Thanks.

  • 2 Daryl Cagle // Jan 9, 2009 at 10:18 am

    I have a cvalier 51. The cooling fan motor is missing but all mech operation seems to function for bottle delivery. Where could I get a fan motor and estimate of value. No dents or dings. Faded paint. Came from Dallas ind. School District.

  • 3 Ronnie Rodriguez // Apr 2, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    i have a Cavalier 51 red with white top ( Ithink) can someone give me some information on restoration

  • 4 howard // Aug 4, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    I just bought a cav 51 , but it does not have the “in bottles” embossed on the door. Was this an earlier model? Anyone know? Thanks

  • 5 J-Sav // Aug 10, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    I’ve had my machine since about 1979. It works great. Everyone that sees it is fascinated by it. I would like to correspond with other owners. I’m not a collector and don’t have too much info myself. If you would like to contact me I can be reached at took20196 AT mypacks DOT net hopefully that will keep away spammers if not I will dump the address so don’t be upset if I don’t answer. Best wishes.

  • 6 Brandon // Aug 24, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    I have one in my basement and know nothing about it. Are they worth anything?? I can’t get the door open. Any suggestions on how?

  • 7 vintagevending // Aug 25, 2009 at 11:31 am


    We can’t give estimates on machine values, but if you contact fun-tronicsllc.com (217) 857-1759 they might be able to help you. Also try eBay and Craig’s List, sometimes they pop up there. As for the door, we would need more info on the problem.

  • 8 Rick Weesela // Oct 3, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    What year did the vending Coca-Cola machine establish itself? Especially in WWll.

  • 9 Linda // Oct 5, 2009 at 9:50 am

    I have a Classic Coca Cola Cavalier C-51 – Original Condition. This is an original 1950’s era white top, round top Cavalier C-51 Coca-Cola machine in original condition. The coin mechanism is a 6 cent slot and is complete and works great. Inside, a long belt of individual cylinders rotates to vend one 6 1/2 oz. bottle and there is storage for larger size bottles in the bottom of the machine. Each bottle has its own tube it slides into and as the belt moves down each time the next bottle becomes available from the bottle door. This machine comes with the original lock and key.
    Does anyone know the value of this machine.


    64 9/16″ High
    24 3/4″ Wide
    20 1/4 ” Deep
    Vends 51 bottles
    Pre-cools 36 bottles
    Manual Operation with Crank Handle
    Weight: 360 lbs.

  • 10 vintagevending // Oct 5, 2009 at 12:25 pm


    Have you tried Ebay or Craig’s List? Sometimes items like this pop up there. Also, you can try futronicsllc.com They sell parts for this machine, so they might be able to help you out.

  • 11 vintagevending // Oct 5, 2009 at 3:18 pm


    We think Coca-Cola vending machines became available in the 1940’s. If anyone else has information, please post.

  • 12 Gene // Oct 9, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    I have this Cavalier Vendo 51, I purchased this At a barn sale here inSheboygan, Wisconsinin. original condition, and running . came with the key.In 1978, I paid $10.00 Cash .I am lucky I had an extra $10.00 on me at that time.I was a kid back then. I love telling that story to people,that see it for the first time.It has been running for 31 years , on and off .I never put a dime in it since I bought it.in” repairs that is “runs like new, I wish I could say that about the 8 new fridges, I went thru since then.

  • 13 JAMES R. ERNEST // Jun 1, 2010 at 10:48 am


  • 14 vintagevending // Jun 2, 2010 at 1:05 pm


    Check out this link, it may help answer your question.

  • 15 Joe // Jul 10, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    I have a Cavalier 51 I would like to sell . It was restored in the 80’s . I would like to sell it as I need the space .

  • 16 teri gibson // Sep 2, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    does anybody have a detailed diagram on installing a 3 in 1 relay on cavalier cmd-d coke chest? machine does not have original relay or overload so instructions that come with new relay are useless thank you

  • 17 James P. // Sep 27, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    I Have A C-51 Cavalier solid red and i plugged it in and it kicked right in after sitting in storage for many years it dont know much about these things are they worth anything?

  • 18 Jennifer H, // Oct 15, 2010 at 10:30 am

    I bought mine for $10.00 back in 1989 and I love it! She isn’t the prettiest girl , but we all love her!!What a great conversation piece!!!

  • 19 Jennifer H, // Oct 15, 2010 at 10:36 am

    An anique dealer tried to buy it off us last year and we didn’t want to hear his offer because we would never sell. I explained that my 15 year old son wants the machine when I die (that is if I can’t be buried in it!) The dealer asked how old our son was, we replied 15 and he said when your boy is my age (56) that machine will be worth about $25,000.00 Not a bad return on a $10.00 investment!

  • 20 greg // Dec 7, 2010 at 10:51 am

    i just got mine rewired & turned back on after 25 years in the barn. I used to put 7 oz michelobs in it because not all ponys would fit – i hope they still make those – does anyone else use it for beer- what kind?

  • 21 mark // Dec 21, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    I have a coke machine cavalier brand with number 414175 how do I restore it no compressor in it but in fairly good shape

  • 22 Nick Pavlis // Apr 17, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    I live in Grand Blanc, MI (near Flint) and am selling my original condition C-51. Please call me if you’re interested in checking it out.

  • 23 Jim Phillips // Apr 22, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    We have a 51 in fairly good shape…cools nicely. Would be interested in serious offer

    On side it has (three lines)

    Here’s A Coke
    For You
    In Bottles

  • 24 Bob Merlis // May 16, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    I have one that’s for sale. Photos and details on request.

  • 25 carol cusick // Jun 21, 2011 at 4:18 am

    Just purchased a nice Cav. 51 complete except the “ammo belt and three rollers. Also bottle cap bin and opener. The machine is real nice and cools great with no rust, just the missing above mentioned pieces. Can anyone help or lead me to someone who can?
    Thanks Carol

  • 26 Patrick Browning // Jul 10, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    My Cav 51 has been sitting in the garage for 12 years now and would like to get it restored. All of the parts are attached along with a 1 cent deposit box on the front… It cools and works fine but needs some work on the inside and very little on the outside… Live in Alabama and can drop it off to get done. How long does the process take? Thanks!

  • 27 Ashley Greene // Aug 1, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    My dad has a 1978 Cavalier Coca Cola Vending Machine. I would like to get some information on getting it restored. It has some rust around the bottle door and the coin mechanism needs some tuning but it runs great.

  • 28 robbie t. carter // Aug 6, 2011 at 10:17 am

    I have a great condition, c-51, coke machine in working order,all original, all there, cools great, this is a very unusual find. would like to sell to highest bidder. been inside for 40 plus years. please contact my email if interested, thanks

  • 29 john // Aug 7, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    send me pictures and the price you are trying to sell it for.

  • 30 Peter Hall // Sep 2, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    I have a Cavalier C-51. It has a problem with the coin mechanism not working. I by-passed the coin mechanism with a piece of wire which keeps the lever from locking. Therefore, I can push down the lever and advance the Coke bottles.

    I’m looking for somneonbe who can service these machines in New Hampshire (Manchester / Hooksett area).

  • 31 Ed Darby // Nov 28, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Does ANYONE have coin door for a C 51? thanks ,Ed

  • 32 Black River Customs, Inc // Dec 27, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    We’re restoring a Cavalier 51 that looks exactly like the one in your picture. We are looking for the paint code and decals to match. Thanks for your help!
    Black River Customs, Inc.

  • 33 vintagevending // Jan 17, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Hi Marianne
    Our paint codes differ from original colors. Coca-Col used many different shades of red. We chose one that we liked the best.
    We used PPG Automotive acrylic. Color codes are: Dodge Red DCC 70002 and Linen White DCC 2185
    For all Coca-Cola decals, contact Fun-Tronics at http://www.fun-tronicsllc.com/
    They are the licensed Decal and parts company for Coca-Cola machines

  • 34 Ronnie waugh // Feb 2, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    i have a 1950 coke machine and it is a 5 cent coin operated with push down handle. compressor and everthing works and gets cold but just needs a condenser fan. i would like to sell

  • 35 Ronnie waugh // Feb 2, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    it still has the key to lock door and box is in good shape

  • 36 Jeanie // Feb 3, 2012 at 12:46 am

    we were given a cavalier coke cooler…it has no coin slot…..it has a serael #108405, inside above the water line is CC-47-7…is that a model #? can anyone tell me anything about it? The top opens on both sides one is red the other stainless. on one side is a clear plastic lid that opens under is a red round top that says in white print ice cold we would like to know what it looked like and eventually restore it. any suggestions?

  • 37 Kevin // Feb 16, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    I have a cavalier c51 machine. I have had it since1968 when my parents purchased a western auto store. It still runs perfectly and is in original condition very few scratches all red w/white letters. Only thing missing is sticker on front anybody know where to get one? Plate under door on front says 1939 cokecola bottling co. I believe we have ours insured for 10-15,000.

  • 38 wayne // Apr 10, 2012 at 7:20 am

    5 cent all red round top vending machine no dents working perfic/want is the machine worth?

  • 39 Jim Suva // May 21, 2012 at 11:39 am

    I am writing for my friend Chester Grimes. Chester has 65 cases of 6 ½ oz Coca Cola thick bottles. They have the name of city on them. He is interested in sell these bottles.
    His contact information is:
    Chester Grimes
    Cell phone: 1-818-272-4848

    Thank you,
    Jim Suva

  • 40 Carson Justice // Jul 26, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    I have a Caviler 51 fully fucntional. And have some parts from my grandfather who repaired them. E-mail if you need help.

  • 41 Phil Cook // Sep 17, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    I have a Caviler 51. It cools but doesn’t get the cokes cold enough…1. Do I need Freon? 2. Is it legal to buy Freon? 3. If so, where do I get it and 4. How do I put the freon in the machine?

  • 42 Dave Livingston // Jan 3, 2013 at 11:50 pm


    looking for a c51 coin box door with or without the mechanism and the bottle. pleae contact if you have either or leads on either.


  • 43 Dave Livingston // Jan 3, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    nice website !

  • 44 rich // Jun 22, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    I have c 51 built in 1952 . Where can I get a wiring diagram for the relay hookup? And is it possible to purchase a nos relay?
    Thanks rich

  • 45 brett // Nov 7, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    C-51 Ammo belt. Help? anyone know where i can find an ammo belt for my C-51? i have replaced the compressor and the coin mech and everything else looks and works great. was hoping to find someone with a roached exterior and good guts that i could purchase. any leads? thanks. Brett

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