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Cavalier C-27 Coca-Cola Vendor

November 10th, 2008 · 11 Comments

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The Cavalier C-27 Coca-Cola Dry Vendor

Designed as a smaller, indoor Coca-Cola vendor, the Cavalier C-27 was produced from the late-1940’s to the mid-1950’s. It was intended for use in offices and reception rooms where there was limited traffic. It was easy to operate; you inserted the proper change, turned the crank and a cold bottle of Coca-Cola was dispensed. There was a small red light beside the coin slot to let you know when the machine was empty. The original handle design was referred to as a “ship wheel handle”. Later versions of this model had a “star” handle. Examples of the original ship handle version are rare and hard to find.

This Coca-Cola vending machine could vend for 5 or 6 cents per bottle. It was equipped with a crown catcher and a slug rejecter and was able to be fitted for a changer.

22”D x 18”W x 41”H

Weight: 175 lbs.

Manufactured by:

Cavalier Corporation

Chattanooga, Tennessee

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

11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 winfield // Jan 20, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    anybody out there have any idea of the ballpark or range of value for a 6 cent upright vending machine in real nice but unrestored condition. i believe the machine is complete, including a stainless steel drinking on the left side of the box. all lettering is intact and readable. would like to have some idea of value as i have never seen a 6 cent machine before.

  • 2 Robert // Feb 19, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    where cant I find a book or something above this machine, the reason is I have a Cavalier 27 I believe is 1949 with the star in very good condition and I like to see how many they produce and the value of the machine, Thank you very much for your attention

  • 3 Jenny // Mar 24, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    I have a cavalier also, it shows cmd-d on it only. I am looking for the wiring diagram; can anyone help me with this, please

    Thank you

  • 4 Rick Gonser // Mar 1, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    I have the Cavilier 27 and need some parts like the drum. Has anyone out there got a parts machine?

  • 5 Ed Gaut // Mar 10, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    i have a Cavilier 27 also. the machine works, and i was trying to find the value. Thanks for any help you could provide.

  • 6 Gary // May 6, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    If anyone has one of the for sale unrestored please contact me asap… I can pay fast !!! gmr41779@yahoo.com

  • 7 Emmitt // May 31, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    I am looking for a crank handle for a cavalier C27 what ever will work. ships wheel or star

  • 8 Rick Gonser // Sep 14, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Still looking for parts especially the drum and coin mech

  • 9 Rick Gonser // Sep 14, 2011 at 11:02 pm


  • 10 Steve // Nov 14, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    I have a 27 as well. It is beautiful original shape. Mine is complete and working. I need the basket that went inside to hold extra bottles. Mine is complete other than that. I would like to know the value of this machine as well. Any idea’s??

  • 11 Brandon // Sep 2, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    I have a C-27 complete and original with ships wheel, but one part missing……the inside basket for the extra bottles….if anyone has one i would like to buy from you.

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