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Coca-Cola Vendo 39 Soda Machine

December 24th, 2008 · 39 Comments

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Are you looking for some cool 1950’s atmosphere to add to your home, and a soda vending machine that you can use today? How about the Coca-Cola Vendo 39? This machine is not only one of the most recognized Vendo models, but it’s also able to dispense the 8-ounce bottles the Coca-Cola Company is distributing today.

The Vendo 39 was made for the Coca-Cola Company from 1949 to the mid-1950’s. There were some 80,000 of these made, so they are still fairly common today. They graced the fronts of filling stations and storefronts all over 1950’s America. This single-selection machine is equipped with a honeycomb-shaped wheel that turns to dispense a nice, cold Coca-Cola. It is capable of vending 39 8-ounce bottles and pre-cools 20. And with its characteristic rounded corners and sleek design, this is a classic, and highly collectible model.

It is important to note that the Vendo 39 that was made from 1949 to the mid-1950’s, like the one we have here, was always painted a solid red. The later 39s, made from the mid- to late-1950’s were painted red and white.

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.

Dimensions: 58” high x 27” wide x 16” deep

Weight: 285 lbs.
Manufactured by:

The Vendo Company

Kansas City, Missouri

View the video of this restored Vendo 39



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: Soda Machines · The Cola-Cola Company · The Vendo Company

39 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Wm.Harold Hughes // Mar 19, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Nice Video, I own a vendo 39 and would like more info on restoring same to working condition, thank’s for any help!

  • 2 Joe Powell // Jun 9, 2009 at 9:21 am

    I own a vendo 39, I need one part. Can you tell me where to find parts. Thanks

  • 3 vintagevending // Jun 9, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Joe,

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

  • 4 david // Oct 13, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    v39 need parts @ paint to restore has cold water depender on the side

  • 5 Debbie // Jan 18, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    I own a vendo 39 would like to get info om its value. good condition, motor works, machinical drum works, coin despenser, basic aging.

  • 6 Frank // May 17, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    I have a Vendo 39 Machine for sale. In good condition and runs good. Missing lock and key but everything else is there.
    fbzappa001@yahoo.com

  • 7 Dayle // Jul 31, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    We have an early edition Vendo 39 Coca-Cola machine for sale. It is in good working condition. Keeps drinks at just the perfect drinking temperature! Has lock & key and dime mechanism works fine.
    We are in AL along the Gulf Coast area.
    Contact if you would like to see pictures.
    Thanks.

  • 8 William Bastian // Aug 2, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    I would love to see pictures of your Vendo39. How much are you asking for it? Thanks Bill

  • 9 Cheryl // Oct 20, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    1950’s Vendo 39 Coke machine. I have a machine in good condition for sale still works.

  • 10 William Bastian // Oct 26, 2010 at 1:25 am

    Cheryl, How much are you asking for your Vendo 39? Can you send me some pictures? Thanks Bill

  • 11 sheron // Nov 26, 2010 at 10:22 am

    I have a Vendo 39 coke machine, needs wheel and coin collector, other that that great condittion, still works, a flea market guy has offered me $200 for it, is that a good deal, just have no idea what its worth.

  • 12 Brad // Jan 9, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Have a Vendo 39 from 1949 that runs like a top ! Came with all the bottles and even the key.

  • 13 Ed Ahrens // Feb 17, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    I bought a Vendo 39 painted blue, with a metal pepsi cola sign riveted to the door over the Coca-Coal embossing. It also has Pepsi decals on the top of each side and on the lower left side of the door. The original red paint is exposed on the inside. Does anyone have any idea what I have here, and whether I should restore it to Coke of Pepsi? I can e-mail a picture to your e-mail address. Thank you.

  • 14 yvonne // May 6, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Have a vintage Model XF39B coke machine for sale. What is it worth?

  • 15 Dianne // Jun 4, 2011 at 7:19 am

    I have an early addition of a Vendo 23 or 39
    Coke Cola Machine. Has lock and key and the
    dime mechanism . Does work Can you tell me how much this is worth? I am interested in selling it to get it out of storage.

  • 16 Kevin & Kathy // Jun 20, 2011 at 7:36 am

    WE HAVE A 1953 VENDO COCA COLA MACHINE FOR SALE. EXCELLENT CONDITION. ICE COLD. EVEN HAS BOTTLES IN IT. HAVE TO MAKE ROOM FOR OUR NEW GRANDDAUGHTER :) :( SAD TO SEE IT GO. GLAD TO HAVE GRANDDAUGHTER. ANYONE INTERESTED?? Any suggestions on how to sell it?! We are new @ this. Thanx

  • 17 Ross // Jul 2, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Vendo 39 fully restored for sale. six-two-zero-five-zero-eight-six-one-three-five for pictures.

  • 18 Marty // Jul 3, 2011 at 9:07 am

    I have a 1951 Vendo V39 coke machine that works. I need a key for it and some of the rubber seals. Can anyone direct me to a site that has these parts?
    Marty

  • 19 Joe D in NY // Jul 9, 2011 at 6:36 am

    Kevin & Kathy – interested in your 53 Coke machine. Please email me at JoeyD1214@yahoo.com with info about it and some pictures. I am in NY.

  • 20 Steve Franklin // Aug 6, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Looking for a Vendo 39 in good working condition in the Phoenix Arizona area. E-mail me pictures and price at sfrank7773@aol.com. Thanks. Steve

  • 21 Gary t // Aug 27, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    I have a vendo coke machine
    F 39 B
    FA 9101 2804 serial number

    Are u interested in buying or reselling

    Gary t. 216 536 5001

  • 22 Andy B // Oct 30, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Have Vendo Model #XF 39B,

    Serial # SF 5047 2914

    Fair condition. Pick up only N. MI

    Andy 231. 347.0306

  • 23 james // Nov 10, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    how can i get a key for my vendo 39 . it has v809 stamped on the bezal . thanks for your help

  • 24 Joanne // Dec 1, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    I have a Vendo 30 drink machine that belonged to my Grandfather that owned a Pool Hall in the early 60’s. It is in need of repair. Also the cost of the machine is free to a good home that could possibly use for parts or restoration. The only charge to you would be for arrangements to retrieve it. Anyone interested can e-mail me.

  • 25 Wendy // Dec 25, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Hi Joanne how do I contact you are you in California? I don’t see an e-mail?

  • 26 julio // Jan 13, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    I owen a vendo 39 coca cola machine fair condition only missing wheel rack and no key . Need to know what’s it’s worth. It’s all original.

  • 27 dakoda // Feb 4, 2012 at 2:56 am

    I have been looking for a coke machine that needs work. Were can i find one for cheap.

  • 28 Ryan // Feb 21, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    I have a Vendo 39b that is in great condition, and runs and cools well! Probably one of the better/best original condition machine you will find!

    I am looking $2,000. Text me your email, and I can send photos. Pick up only in Atlanta

    678-793-6567

  • 29 Ross // Mar 21, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    I have a fully restored Vendo 39 for sale. $4500
    620-388-4558 Pictures on request. Pratt, KS

  • 30 Ric // Mar 26, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    I have a mid 1950 V39 coke machine all original white on red with side water dispenser. Works great! Have had this machine since 1974 and kept indoors. $3,000 – send email address for pictures. Oregon

  • 31 Steve // Jul 24, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    I have a Vendo V-39 with the original compressor and evap. Just wondering if they used r-12 or another type of refrigerant. If someone could e-mail me I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks

  • 32 nick // Sep 3, 2012 at 10:29 am

    I have a Vendo model F39 D sn-702 80487. Do you have any info on this machine ? Also, is worth restoring? Yes is works

  • 33 vintagevending // Sep 4, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Nick,
    You can try http://www.soda-machines.com and http://www.colamachines.com for more information about your machine. Whether or not it is worth restoring is totally up to you and whether you think the money invested to restore your machine is worth the pleasure it will give you to have one of these beautiful machines in working order. They make a unique addition to a home or business and are great conversation pieces. Good luck with your machine!

  • 34 Larry // Sep 19, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    I have a vendo v39 in great shape and works. Looking to sell. Plenty of pics just ask or call 732-978-2429

  • 35 Marlowe // Dec 25, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    I have a vendo 39, model F39b7-51. It is Canadian made for vendo, ser. #0-8307. Can anyone tell me the year it was made and where to get info on this unit.
    thanks for now

  • 36 D Weddle // May 28, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Have a model XF39B machine. Serial # XF50167192. Wanting to sell. Phone 913-851-8790. Needs work, Worked when acquired, but has not been turned on for 20+ years.

  • 37 Todd // Jul 1, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Are you willing to share which PPG code you used for this restoration?

    Thanks!

  • 38 vintagevending // Jul 2, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Todd, We are sorry but we no longer have records of colors used for restorations, as we are no longer in the restoration business.

  • 39 Rebecca // Nov 15, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    We have a 1955 Coca-Cola machine for sale~works…missing key though and crank on the front. We are located in Trussville, Alabama. bookab6211@aol.com

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