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Coca-Cola Cavalier 51 Factory Production Line

May 8th, 2009 · 14 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

14 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.

  • 13 HSchwartzberg // May 14, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    I’ve been looking for over 18 months for a Cavalier 102 in any condition. I’m willing to pay top dollar for an exhibition we’re putting together. Thanks

  • 14 Teresa // Sep 1, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    The Cav 102 was used in segregated places, sometimes with a wall built around it, so that you did not know it had two faces. One side was for whites and the other for “colored” people. Some had different prices for whites and colored. The one in the Greensboro Civil Rights Museum shows 5 cents for whites and 10 cents for colored.

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