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Coca-Cola Cavalier 72 Vendor

October 24th, 2008 · 19 Comments

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Coca-Cola Cavalier 72 Soda Vending Machine

The Cavalier 72 is a round-top model Coca-Cola vending machine that was introduced in 1958. It was built by one of the largest manufacturers of soda vending machines for the Coca-Cola Company, the Cavalier Corporation. This machine is one that we restored at Vintage Vending.

Coca-Cola Machine Brochure

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.

Vendor Features

This machine was restored with the original color scheme. As was popular in the late 1950’s, this machine is predominately white. It is a slant-shelf machine that holds up to 72 bottles, 8 bottles on each of its 9 shelves. These shelves can be adjusted to accommodate bottles ranging from 6 to 12 ounce sizes. This also allows for the vending of up to 9 different flavors. There’s space to pre-cool 17 bottles. Collectors appreciate this machine’s versatility, making it a very desirable model and one of the most popular Coke machines.

Cavalier 72 Vending Machine

The Cavalier 72 also has great style with its small profile and rounded corners. In addition, after depositing your money, the “Have a Coke” lens on the bottle door lights up, indicating that you can pull a soda out. There’s no need to pull down a handle to dispense the soda, as the slanted shelves and gravity make the bottles readily available. Older soda machines were equipped with mechanical coin mechanisms. Because the Cavalier 72 has an electro-mechanical coin mechanism, this machine also allows you to set the price of the sodas up to $1.00, making this vendor an option for use today in a restaurant or store.

67” high x 24 3/4” wide x 21 7/8”
Weight: 256 lbs.

Manufactured by:

The Cavalier Corporation

Chattanooga, Tennessee

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

To view more pictures of the completed restoration visit the RetroPlanet.com Museum.

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

19 responses so far ↓

  • 1 David Lutz // Feb 6, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    I have a cavalier 72 equipped with a water fountain on the side, is this a factory addition ? t is in very good restorable shape and priced to sell $550

  • 2 Aaron Abey // Feb 25, 2010 at 8:15 pm


    just wondering if you would still have the cavalier 72 for sale



  • 3 Ray Christian // Mar 12, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    I have a Vendo V23 Model A23E . It works and is in nice condition. ser# 29672. Can you tell me what it is possibly worth in this condition and in restored condition.


  • 4 vintagevending // Mar 15, 2010 at 12:49 pm


    We aren’t able to give estimates on the value of an item. If you keep an eye on Ebay or Craig’s List, your item is sure to be listed at some point. That may give you a rough idea of it’s value but keep in mind prices vary greatly depending on condition. If anyone can help with a value of this item please comment.

  • 5 Jenny // Mar 24, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    I am trying to find electrical wiring for an older cavalier coca cola box type machine, can you help me with that.

  • 6 vintagevending // Mar 24, 2010 at 3:27 pm


    If you know the type of machine you have, you can find the owner’s manual at http://www.fun-tronicsllc.com

  • 7 Rodger // Jul 24, 2010 at 12:52 am

    Seem to need a gear in my Coin Acceptors Model AS 9400-807.

    I have a Cavalier 72 Coke Machine that works good except nickles keep spitting out when making change

  • 8 Jake Cantrell // Sep 12, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    I’ve got a Cavalier 72, it stays in our main living area.

    I’ve always wanted to check into to upgrading it with modern refrigeration, mainly to make it much quieter since it is in such a high use part of our house.

    Can anyone point me in a directions for ideas on making the machine run quieter and more efficient? All we’ve done to this point was replace all of the wiring to make sure it would be safe after sitting in a garage for 15 years.


  • 9 Jimmy Gregory // Oct 2, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    I have a Cavalier coke machine I think is a 1940’s model. It looks like a CMD-C Master Dry but I’m not sure because I don’t reall know much about the machines. The Serial # is 93660 so any info will be apprecated. thank you in advance

  • 10 Nancy // Oct 17, 2010 at 9:33 am

    I have a portable Coca Cola cooler that has a white top portion, instead of the red. Could this be a Cavalier brand. Any ideas? I’m at a lost of the maker.

  • 11 Kim @ Retro Coke Products // Nov 25, 2010 at 12:47 am

    Since market price of antique vending machines can vary greatly, the value is really “whatever someone will pay” based on the condition of the machine. Try to match up what machine you have, with what similar machines are selling for on eBay. I’ve listed many eBay auctions of antique coca cola machines listed on my website at: http://www.squidoo.com/antique-vintage-coke-coca-cola-vending-machines

  • 12 kreegs // Mar 19, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    I have a Cavalier 72 that is all red. Anyone seen one like this before. I believe it was restored about 15 years ago and I am wondering if the restorer changed the color scheme or if was was originally like that.

  • 13 Ryan Winingnear // May 31, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    I would love to have a Cavalier 72, however it has to be at a fair price because I am going to be going to college soon.

    In answer to kreegs question, all of the original Cavalier 72 machines had an all white door with the two tone cabinet.

    Jake, I know you would like a quieter machine. BUT heres the thing. New compressors are china made JUNK. They also are actually louder and way about a 1/3 less making the vintage machine unstable (and dangerous). My advice is to do any of your work with original parts.

  • 14 Bob Blackwood // Jun 1, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Need Both Service&Parts Manuel for a Cavalier Model CS72B. Also need parts source contact. Any help would be appreciated. I am located in South Central Okla.

  • 15 stefano // Jan 9, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    salve sono in italia e vorrei comprare alcuni CAVALIER e’ possibile spedirli in italia?
    aspetto notizie grazie

  • 16 Rhonda McCoy // Apr 16, 2013 at 4:43 am

    we have a 1958 coke machine for sale, it is in good shape, works great, accepts two nickels, hate to part with it but will have no room for it at our new home

  • 17 zach // Jan 23, 2014 at 9:45 am

    I have a 1958 coke machine for a real good price!

  • 18 Ron // May 11, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    I’m interested in 1950’s coke machine…Rhonda and Zach, please email me.
    Thanks, Ron

  • 19 NiMo // Mar 31, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    I’m looking for parts for a Cavalier c-55e coke machine. Any direction would be appreciated. Please email @ n_morland@yahoo.com

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