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Coca-Cola Glasco GBV-50 Starlet Soda Machine

June 1st, 2009 · 60 Comments

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Glasco 50 Soda Machine

This is a Glasco GBV-50 Starlet Soda Machine we restored. It was restored to original condition, but without the Glasco logo and we painted the cap catcher black, rather than red. We have replicated the classic Coca-Cola “fishtail” logo used from 1958 to 1965. Please note we are no longer in the restoration business.

Slider Soda Chest Fishtail Logo

Glasco actually began as the Glascock Brothers Manufacturing Company, a company that was founded in 1892 to build washing machines. In 1929 they produced their first Coca-Cola cooler. It was a cooler that held 72 bottles of Coke that was cooled with ice. It had space below to hold 3 additional cases of soda. The Standard, as it was called, was the first mass-produced Coca-Cola cooler. Because of this, Glascock is often referred to as the “grandfather” of all Coca-Cola vending machines. The company name was changed to the Glasco Corporation in the 1930s. Through the early 1960s, Glasco only made soda vending machines for the Coca-Cola Company. The Universal Match Company acquired Glasco in the 1960s.

The GBV-50 was a very significant vending machine for the Glasco Corporation. It marked their re-entry into the bottle vending business after dedicating several years to producing vendors that dispensed pre-mixed Coca-Cola into cups. The Glasco 50 was manufactured from the late 1950s to the early 1960s.

Glasco Starlet GBV-50 Restored

We’d also like to share these 1960 brochures we have for the Glasco GBV-50 Starlet. The Glasco 50 was built for dispensing bottles of Coca-Cola. This machine operated manually by opening the lid and sliding the bottle to the opening in order to remove it. The bottle was released once the coin was deposited into the coin box. This is a slider-style chest cooler that had the capacity to dispense 50 bottles and pre-cool 25. It was a dry cooler that used a compressor to cool the drinks. It was intended to hold a fair amount of product without taking up a lot of floor space as you can see in the brochure page. It was touted as being both compact and counter-high. It was also promoted as a soda vendor that could hold up to five different products. The slider had 5 rows that could each be filled with a different drink selection. It could hold regular or king-size bottles.

Glasco Coke Vending Machine

1960 Glasco 50 Brochure

Coca-Cola Glasco 50 Slider

A very similar looking slider vendor had been introduced a few years earlier by the Ideal Dispenser Company. Where Glasco manufactured soda vendors exclusively for Coca-Cola, Ideal made machines for all the other soda manufacturers except Coca-Cola, with an exception. Ideal manufactured an Ideal 55 slider embossed with “Drink Coca-Cola in Bottles” in the late 1950s. It was the only machine they made for Coca-Cola, and therefore, is very rare. The Coca-Cola coolers were not embossed, while the Ideal 55B coolers were.

Dimensions: 37”W x 20”D x 41”H
Weight: 230 lbs.

Manufactured by:
Glasco
Muncie, Indiana

This item is not for sale. We show restored items in this blog to encourage discussion, prompt questions and further the hobby of collecting and restoration. We also enjoy sharing the photos of the many items we have restored over the years.

Tags: Antique Advertising · Coca Cola Vending Machine · Manufacturer Histories · Restorations by Vintage Vending Inc. · Soda Coolers · Soda Fountain & Dispensers · Soda Machines · Soda Vending Machines

60 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Randy Armstrong // Jun 11, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    I have an operating Glasco, just like this one in my garage (with good cold beer inside). My question is about the original lid. Is there a place I can buy a lid that has the diagram of the slider printed on it? Also, where could i get a listing of parts in case I need them?

    thanks

  • 2 vintagevending // Jun 12, 2009 at 9:11 am

    Randy,

    We recommend you check out fun-tronicsllc.com for soda machine restoration parts. They have a good variety of quality parts and manuals for many different machines.

  • 3 KEVIN SWEENEY // Aug 14, 2009 at 9:27 am

    I HAVE A GLASCO GBV-50. THE CONDITION IS AS FOLLOWS: SOME AREAS OF PAINT ARE SCRATCHED, THE COMPRESSOR COOLS, THE MECHANISM FOR REMOVAL OF THE BOTTLES WILL NOT RELEASE, AND A COIN INSERTED DOES NOT REMEDY THIS PROBLEM. I MUST SELL THIS MACHINE DUE TO HARD TIMES, BUT DO NOT KNOW WHAT WOULD BE A FAIR PRICE. ANY INPUT ON THIS WOULD BE VERY HELPFUL. THANK YOU.

  • 4 vintagevending // Aug 14, 2009 at 11:17 am

    Kevin,

    Try ebay or Craig’s List. Sometimes items like this show up. Keep in mind prices vary due to condition.
    If anyone else can help out, please comment.

  • 5 Karl Behring // Aug 24, 2009 at 10:24 am

    Dear Sir,

    I have a Glasco GBV-50 working machine, but I’m missing the guts to my coin changer. Where can I find.

    Thanks Karl

  • 6 vintagevending // Aug 24, 2009 at 11:44 am

    Karl,

    fun-tronicsllc.com carries parts for your machine.

  • 7 Tom // Sep 13, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    I have glasco 50 ,it runs gets cool but does not restart after getting cool. I need info on how unit is wired also what fan in chest is for and when it should come on. When lid is open there is a switch by back hinge what does this do?

  • 8 vintagevending // Sep 14, 2009 at 9:49 am

    Tom,

    fun-tronicsllc.com has the manual for your machine for sale. This should help answer any questions you have.

  • 9 Ken // Oct 5, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    I have a GBV-50 that has a fair amount of rust, original lid has been re hinged a few time, power cord has been cut off so I do not know if it works or not. I’m using is as a prop in a photo studio. I have considered taking the guts out of it so it is not so heavy, would that be a foolish thing to do?

  • 10 Ronnie Reyes // Oct 10, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    I have an Ideal Dispenser machine that works good except for the coin changer which I need parts for I tried fun-tronicslle.com but I cannot find them if you have a phone # I would appreciate it

  • 11 vintagevending // Oct 12, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Ronnie,
    the correct address is http://www.fun-tronicsllc.com. Here is their number (217) 857-1759.

  • 12 scott shaw // Oct 14, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    looking for info on a glasco pre-mix dispenser model GPM-E not sure what year it is, also missing a few parts
    Thanks
    Scott Shaw

  • 13 vintagevending // Oct 16, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Scott,

    Try americansodafountain.com or call them at (312) 733-5000. They refurbish and sell parts for many types of machines.

  • 14 Chip // Nov 2, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    I have a Glasco Coke machine almost exactly like yours missing the side “key” crank device that opens the loading door. Where can I get another, are they unique “keys” that only fit one machine?

  • 15 vintagevending // Nov 3, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Chip,

    Try fun-tronicsllc.com. They have many parts for this machine for sale, and I’m sure you could fins a replacement crank device.

  • 16 Atomick50' s // Nov 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Chip,

    Just in case you didn’t find that side loading door crank. I purchased one for my Glasco from http://www.thesodajerkworks.com
    Search under Idea and glasco to see what is available… Thanks.

  • 17 Ronnie Hayes // Apr 3, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    I AM LOOKING FOR A COIN MECHANISM FOR A GLASCO GBV 50 COKE MACHINE DO YOU KNOW WHERE I CAN GET ONE?

  • 18 jr // Apr 14, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    I HAVE A VGB50 ALL WORKING IN GREAT CONDITION COKE DECALS MISSING WHAT IS A PRICE THAT IS FAIR 903-819-9940

  • 19 vintagevending // Apr 16, 2010 at 8:20 am

    Ronnie,
    Try http://www.sodajerkworks.com

  • 20 Chris R // Apr 25, 2010 at 11:12 am

    I have a glasco gbv-50 just like in your picture. (By the way it looks great!) I am wondering who would be interested & how much it is worth. thanks.

  • 21 rino // May 1, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    i have one exactly like the last picture above how much would one of those be worth in good condition nowadays?

  • 22 vintagevending // May 3, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Rino,

    We can’t give an estimate on value because we have been out of the restoration business for a while, but try this website out –
    http://soda-machines.com/discussions/index.php

  • 23 jason // Jul 14, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    I have this machine without the motor. still has the original lid with the imprints on it. Its a great addition to anyones collection. How much does the motor affect the value?

  • 24 vintagevending // Jul 16, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Hi Jason,

    The value of a machine without the motor depends on a few things like the condition, and the demand for your type of machine. Some buyers want all the parts, some are ok without them. So the value can change based on these things. Your best bet is to check out this forum:
    http://soda-machines.com/discussions/index.php

  • 25 Randy Armstrong // Aug 1, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    My machine finally died. I will be checking out Fun-tronicsllc for restoration guides and parts.

    Do you by chance have restoration manuals and parts list?

    randy

  • 26 Jerry // Aug 1, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Looking for a coin mechanism for a Glasco GV50 slider. Have tried the website shown here. Does anyone have one for sale?

  • 27 E.H. // Aug 8, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    i NEED THE PART THAT RELEASES THE DRINK ( flapper) the only moving part ..the one w/ the arrow’ can you help ? thanks E.H.

  • 28 cmac // Sep 6, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    i have a glasco gbv-50 for sale good condition only one part missing thehousing for coins is missing it still gets cold

  • 29 Sandy // Sep 28, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    Great discussion-thx ;)

  • 30 Jim // Dec 2, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Any idea what I may get for a 1950’s glasco 55b coke cooler?

  • 31 Debbie // Dec 8, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    I have this machine and used it for over 20 years. It has developed a leak in the freon system and doesn’t cool any longer. I can’t find anyone in my area (Arizona) that works on/restores these old machines. Help!

  • 32 john // Feb 14, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Hey,
    I just came accross a gbv-50 in original and immaculate condition. Can you give me an idea of what it is worth?

  • 33 max windsor // Mar 1, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    i have a quikold 500 slider soda machine. looks just like the glasco an ideal 55 slider.
    i need the coin mechanism or restore the one i have. any help. thanks max

  • 34 Jarrett // Apr 4, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    i Have gbv-50. in good shape, I need a coin Mech and rack for inside. 801 644 3168. I am lookin for used parts.
    Jarrett

  • 35 Jason P // Apr 5, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Is it ok, as far as cooling, to leave my Glasco Slider outside? Will it cool as well?

  • 36 Jason P // Apr 6, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Will leaving my Glasco Slider outside effect the machines cooling?

  • 37 Racin' Jacin // Apr 26, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    I have one of these and am looking for a key. Any ideas? I have searched the web unsuccessfully.

    1672 is on the lock

  • 38 glo o // Jul 20, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    I have GBV-50 very old that has sitting im trying to have restored but not sure who to call im from sanantonio tx.

  • 39 Jim // Aug 8, 2011 at 11:17 am

    @ glo o
    I found this site online and while it’s not close to you it would be drivable
    http://www.randysantiquesandrestorations.com/
    He’s in Somerville TX which is north of Houston.

    I haven’t used his services but I might soon.

  • 40 Jeff Perkins // Aug 10, 2011 at 7:31 am

    I am OWNER of the TRADEMARK & Company, “Ideal Dispenser.” I have fabricated my own cooler, model 85, and am considering taking orders for the original design, totally new, hand fabricated Ideal Cooler. I’d be curious to hear comments. I can also fabricate parts and pieces to model 85. If you own a different model and are missing pieces, I also maybe able to help you out. I do have original manual to my model. Will be happy to send photos, if you send me your request and email address. My trademark is of course, completely protected.

  • 41 susanteshara // Aug 23, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    for ronnie Hays #17 might have what your looking for I have a glasco 50 coke machine for sale contact me if interested

  • 42 Todd Worley // Oct 1, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    I have a partially restored Model GBV-50. I need new gaskets and have been unable to find anything workable at Home Depot. Can you help?

  • 43 Paul Swell // Dec 11, 2011 at 12:03 am

    I just bought a GBV-50 today. It is a little rough..some rust here and there. It is missing the inside rack and the coin-op assembly. However, it does work and cool. I would be happy to part it out or buy the parts needed mentioned above. I can let it go in its current condition for $500…which based on my research is a great deal. Let me know if either you want parts from mine or if you have the parts to complete mine. Thanks much to all!!
    -Paul contact me at virtualtourmadison@gmail.com

  • 44 Rich // Dec 11, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    I have a ideal cooler “crush” and is complete and in working order.Does anyone knows what is worth ? Columbus ohio

  • 45 JIM // Dec 29, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    I have a Ideal 55 soda machine that works great. Am looking for a coin MECH & the rack inside. Anyone haveing these parts.
    Contact-Jim at JCLUCKOW@YAHOO.COM

  • 46 Cody // Jan 8, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    I just acquired a glasco slider (gbv 50) and the entire cooling system has been removed. Otherwise it is in good condition. Where can i get a replacement system, original or reproduction?

  • 47 Caylan Hixon // Jan 12, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    I have a glasco gvb 50 that is actually still in great condition that i am trying to sell it still runs an cools but not sure if the coin parts an the slider works i am trying to sell this item an didnt know what to ask any idea on what it may be worth?

  • 48 vic waddel // Jan 13, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    where can i get an updated refrigeration compressor for my Glasco 50 slider?

  • 49 Nick // Feb 29, 2012 at 8:49 am

    I have a nice Glasco GBV-50. Runs great and is in pretty good shape. only thing is one of the wires has a bad end. Still works but the cord is split and you can see the bare wire. I tried ordering a new wire harness from fun-tronics (part 38C) but it doesnt seem to work with my compressor/evaporator. The part order (38c) had connectors that just didnt seem to fit/work with the older connections found on my compressor. Mine all have small circles on the ends of the cords that get “screwed” to the connectors on the connections on the compressor/thermostat. The new wire harness has connectors that just push on.

    Any ideas if that is indeed the correct harness or i have a weird compressor or something?

  • 50 DAVID R // May 17, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    I HAVE THE SAME MACHINE..BUT I NEED THE COIN MECHANISM DO YOU HAVE ANY INFO ON WHERE I CAN FIND ONE

  • 51 Steven // Jul 26, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    the fan inside my gbv 50 does not come on, does anyone know when this should turn on and a possible web site that I can purchase the part. FYI funtronics does not have a manual for this machine, I have spoke to them via the phone they were very nice but could not provide a manual

  • 52 SCOTT // Sep 12, 2012 at 8:56 am

    I have a 1952 chest type coke cooler. the rubber on the top lids need replacing. how and where can I get parts

  • 53 Kase Farr // Sep 13, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    i have gbv-50 late 50″s model coke slide machine. the fan quit today. should i unplug it until it gets fixed? does anyone know a where i can get a new one quickly????

  • 54 Drew // Nov 3, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Anyone have a suggestion on where I can find the correct wiring harness for a Glasco Slider? I ordered the one recommended by fun-tronics. Same situation as Nick posted earlier and I see no way to accomplish the rewire job with the 38C Harness. Mine also has the round connector. I see no way to make this new harness adapt to the old connections. Any suggestions would be welcomed.

  • 55 Neal // Jan 28, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    I have a GVB-50 that needs re-wired. All of the wiring insulation is brittle and needs replaced. Is there a wiring harness available?

  • 56 russ // Feb 12, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    glasco corp. coke machine model #a30000 gbv 50 looking for a electrical cord for machine.

  • 57 Billy Morris // May 20, 2013 at 11:39 am

    I have a Glasco GVB-50 coke slide cooler I am looking to sell. It works GREAT!! Let me know if you are interested. Will send pics. Contact me at BLMorris23@comcast.net and/or 706-825-6842

  • 58 Bob Walla // Jun 18, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    I have an antique vintage Coca-Cola machine cooler, GBV-50. It still runs but there are no insides. It does have the fish on the front but no coin machine. What would it be worth if I would like to sell it?

  • 59 Bethany // Apr 6, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Does anyone have the keys for 2×98 and 1672 that would make copies and send them to me?

  • 60 David Christie // Apr 19, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Help! I have a GBV50 that works great except it is too cold. I have tried adjusting the temp control but that doesnt seem to work.Unless I leave the side door open a bit the drinks will freeze but that often causes frost buildup on the walls. Is there a recomended setting and does this change during winter summer months?

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