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Coca-Cola Cavalier Office Cooler

July 31st, 2008 · 26 Comments

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Cavalier Cooler Brochure

The Cavalier Coca-Cola Office Cooler

The Cavalier Corporation produced this machine in the late 1940’s, early 1950’s. This Coca-Cola cooler was designed to be much smaller than the standard soda vending machines so it could be used in an office for use by employees, customers or patients. In other words, Coca-Cola was also interested in being in places where they would make low-volume sales in addition to more high-profile locations.

Soft Drink Cooler

Cavalier Office Cooler

This 2-case cooler is powered by a Frigidaire motor and was not coin-operated. The cold bottles of Coke either would have been offered as a courtesy, or there would have been an honor system in place.

Cavalier Corporation

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Cavalier began making Coke coolers in 1935, and closed in November of 2000. Perhaps you’ve seen a Cavalier cooler? Let us know. Blog-in using the form below.

Tags: Antique Advertising · Coca-Cola · Soda Coolers

26 responses so far ↓

  • 1 s rayburn // Aug 7, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    I have seen a cavalier office cooler my dad has one.

  • 2 D. Hydie // Aug 26, 2008 at 9:59 am

    I have one and can’t find the value of the machine. It’s a Cavalier FD-2, with lift out basket. It needs a little TLC where the lid meats the body.

  • 3 buster buchanan // Feb 19, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    if you can please give me any information and the value of this item . it is a old coca cola machine. model cdg-b serial #243179 made at cavlier corporation appliance division in chattanooga tennesse

  • 4 R. Huntsman // Nov 19, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    I have a office cooler FD-2 that I am restoring. I have all the origional parts other then the grill that goes on the back by the floor. I would like to find one and have a duplicate made. This is one item that many who have the office cooler are missing. If you have one and would like to sell it or the entire machine please let me know. I am also missing the key. The lock says oF 201 if you have the same number on the lock I would like to get a duplicate of the key made. Thanks Russell.

  • 5 vintagevending // Nov 20, 2009 at 10:47 am

    Russell,

    We do not own this machine. For parts, try fun-tronicsllc.com or sodajerkworks.com. They might have the grill, or be able to direct you in the right direction. They also sell new locks and keys. Good luck on your restoration, it sounds like its going to turn out really well.

  • 6 ressie // Dec 8, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    I have several CC items…..A floor model “wet box” (w/out elect) with bottle opener and butterfly top , all insets, racks,… 1963 Christmas calender, various toys etc. Also a carry tin for a 6 pack. Many bottles too numerous to mention.

  • 7 J Nicewarner // Dec 15, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Russell,
    I have one that I restored several years ago. I’m not sure there is/was a grill on the back. On mine there were no screw holes that would indicate anything missing. There may have been a cover that went over the compressor area if that’s what you mean. Any locksmith should be able to fabricate the double-sided key. I am also a locksmith and it was no big deal. They are really neat display pieces when done.

    Don’t know how good (rusty) your interior box is, but mine had a few holes. I cleaned it up and had a truck bedliner sprayed in. Helps keep it cooler too.
    J. R.

  • 8 Russell Huntsman // Dec 17, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    I am in the business of purchasing office coolers. If you would like to sell your office cooler I will purchase it. My email is ahunt@sdmetrofire.org. You can also reach me at 801-916-5113. Thanks Russell.

  • 9 james // Dec 25, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    i have one; needs to be restored; no idea of worth or best thing to do with it?

  • 10 vintagevending // Dec 28, 2009 at 10:29 am

    James,

    As we are no longer in the restoration business, we cannot give an estimate on your machine’s value. You can try ebay or Craig’s List, sometimes machines pop up there, and that will give you an estimate on the value of your machine.

  • 11 Jarrod // Feb 18, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    I have a FD2 office cooler, I am looking for a key #OF201 and the lift out basket for mine. If you have any information on where to look for one please email me, Thanks Jarrod
    JrodNik@yahoo.com

  • 12 vintagevending // Feb 19, 2010 at 9:11 am

    Jarrod,

    For lost keys, you can either try to purchase a key that matches the lock number on your machine, or you can replace the lock mechanism. This requires drilling the lock, turning it with a flat head screwdriver to open it, removing the lock, and replacing it.

  • 13 mark // Mar 18, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    I have one in excellent condition. It sells at live auction on 3-28-10 in Omaha NE.

  • 14 Jim D. in TN // Apr 25, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Mark,
    Is that the one that sold today, 4/25/10? One went for $290 today at “Auction Solutions” auction. It was in pretty nice condition but I dropped out of the bidding at the end. I just have too much stuff and no room in my truck after I bought a pinball game. Curiously, when I checked out the cooler was on my purchased list.

  • 15 Jason // Jun 10, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    I have a FD2 that I may restore or may sell. Looking at costs

  • 16 Joe d // Jun 11, 2010 at 9:19 am

    I have a cavalier coke box model cgd-c in 85% condition still works great. trying to find out how much it is worth.
    Thanks, Joe

  • 17 vintagevending // Jun 11, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Joe,

    Try posting your machine on the estimated values section of this forum: http://soda-machines.com/discussions/index.php#2

  • 18 Sarah Hixon // Sep 18, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    I have a treasured old Coke office cooler that I think might be an FD-2. I would like to get it running again, but haven’t found anyone who can repair it. Where should I look?
    Thanks,
    Sarah

  • 19 shellie // Dec 25, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    wanting to find vaule of 1963 coke cola cooler to sell if price is fair

  • 20 Glen Castleberry // Jan 12, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    I have a Cavalier Cola machine. It has a problem with spraying rust out on the cola cans. It is cooling just fine, but sometimes when you get a cola out of it, there will be rust on the can. Can anyone help me with this problem?

  • 21 aaron // Mar 27, 2011 at 2:50 am

    I have an fd2…cools has vent plate, the bottle grate and needs interior cooling fan…looing to sell or get info…these dont have cooling fans.

  • 22 Guido // Jun 30, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Can you tell me what a CC225A-1 is. I have 2 of them. Thanks.

  • 23 boomer // Jul 18, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    need basket for a fd-2 machine. does anyone know where i can find one?

  • 24 Rick staylor // Nov 5, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Coke Coca mfg ser # 72458 What year and value? Thanks Rick

  • 25 Jeanie // Feb 3, 2012 at 12:37 am

    we were given a cavalier coke cooler…how do I find a model #? The plate on the back gives a
    serial #108405 inside above the water line is
    cc-47-7. There is also a Fridgidare tag. There is another tag that is on a temp control The top has lift up top opening from either side – one side is red Drink Coca Cola, the other side is stainless steel. All 4 sides have drink coca cola. There is no coin slot.On the top is a clear plastic window that raises up…under neath you can see a red round cap with white print- ice cold any info would be appreciated

  • 26 Lawrence KY // Mar 27, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Got one with a cold water fountain on the side. Is this an add-on or from factory?

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