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Coca-Cola Cavalier 51 Factory Production Line

May 8th, 2009 · 12 Comments

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Cavalier 51 Factory Chattanooga TN

Found this interesting photo of a bunch of Coca-Cola Cavalier 51 soda machines on the production line at the plant in Chattanooga, TN. The Cavalier 51 was a widely produced machine from the early 1950s to the late 1950s. It is not the most collectible machine because it is kind of large and is a single selection machine.

Coca-Cola C-51 Soda Pop Machine

For more information on the Coca-Cola Cavalier 51 visit our previous blog on this machine.

A much rarer machine is the Cavalier 102. It has two C-51 doors on a larger cabinet. In other words, it was like two Cavalier 51s back to back so it could vend from either side. Nothing was shared by the two machines; each had its own coin mechanism, vending system and refrigeration. It would have probably been freestanding in a location with lots of traffic like a factory floor. As far as I know, it is the only machine like it and very few were produced. We have included a rough photo of a 102 we once owned. We never restored a 51 or a 102.

Coke Cavalier Vending Machines

Coke Cavalier Vending Machines

Tags: Coca-Cola · Manufacturer Histories · Soda Vending Machines

12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mark Vuncannon // Nov 12, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    The 102 has one cooling unit for both sides. Everything else is seperate.

  • 2 Ed // Dec 30, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    I own a Cav. 51 and would LOVE to have a picture like what you have of the 51’s in production. Any chance of selling a copy? Scanning the original etc….
    Please let me know

  • 3 linda // Apr 30, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Hi, I have a Cav 51 in excellent condition. Do you have any idea of the value of this? Just wandering. My brother was a barber and had it in his shop from 1953.

  • 4 Jonathon Swadley // May 3, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Hi, my name is Jon. I am a vivid Coca-Cola Collector and would love to get my hand on an original Cav. 51 or a Cav. 102. If you could please let me know if anyone is wanting to sell one in just about any condition I would love to hear about it and the price because I am very interested in getting one of each.
    Thank You Much. -Jonathon

  • 5 Jonathon Swadley // May 3, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Hi, Jon again. my email is jonathondswadley@hotmail.com for anyone who wants to sell and see’s this.

  • 6 Justin // Jul 27, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    I have a C51-E model for sale. Everything original needs new power cord and some cleaning don’t know if it cools but it’s been in storage.

  • 7 Justin // Jul 27, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    My email is apmechanic75@hotmail.com

  • 8 Bob // Mar 21, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Hi. Just wondering if you have any infomation on the Cav. 102, what the value might be? As I have one that needs to be restored. The one pictured on your website, do you know what it sold for? I bought this machine in Florida, 10 years ago, for $2500. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thank You.

  • 9 vintagevending // Mar 25, 2013 at 11:15 am

    We do not give appraisals, selling prices or estimates of market values for machines. Although this is a very rare item, the most we can recommend is that you look at online auction sites or discussion forums, or maybe talk with other collectors.

  • 10 Dave // May 22, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Hi. I have a c51 I would like to sell. If anyone is interested you can email me at cl201268@yahoo.com THX!!

  • 11 Craig // Oct 6, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    I was once offered a double door Coke machine when I was in college in the mid 70’s. I always wondered what it was. Now I know it was a Cav 102. The asking price was $35, but I had no place to keep it. I’ve always regretted letting it get away.

  • 12 BOB // Mar 21, 2015 at 12:34 am

    we have a cav 102. it appears to be factory original . im restoring this unit to put in my collectable BK SUPERAUCTON ON JUNE 27 2015 . real auction real rare ,real deal .keep you posted on sale ……. Ontario can.

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