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Coca-Cola Vendo 81D Soda Machine

March 7th, 2009 · 30 Comments

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V-81D Pop Vending Machine

The Vendo 81D may be one of the most sought-after soda machines, also called “drink boxes”, among collectors. It was introduced in 1955 and was made exclusively for the Coca-Cola Company by Vendo. If you find a similar machine embossed with another soda brand such as Royal Crown, Pepsi or 7-Up, then it is not a Vendo 81-D, but rather a VMC-81 made by the Vendorlator Company. They are very similar machines, but made by different companies.

Vendo 81D Coca-Cola Logo

V-81D Coin Deposit and Changer

The V-81D pop machine is very similar to its predecessors; both the 81A and 81B, but has a much larger coin door. The V-81D is a “white-top” model, like the V-81B, whereas the V-81A is solid red with a white Coca-Cola logo. And the embossing is larger and positioned more to the right than on the V-81A. The V-81D was manufactured from 1955 to 1958.

Vendo 81 Large Door Soda Vendor

The internal workings of the V-81D are still very much like those in the earlier models. It vends 6 to 12 ounce bottles of soda. It has nine shelves and dispenses 81 bottles. There’s space to pre-cool 17 bottles. A fluorescent light illuminates the bottle door allowing you to view the various selections. The larger coin door on the V-81D accommodated a coin mechanism with a coin changer, unlike the small door machines. One feature that makes this machine so popular is the gravity-fed slant-shelf design. This allows you to vend a variety of flavors and sizes of bottles.

Inside the Vendo 81D Drink Box

V-81D Coca-Cola Vendor

We have restored many of these over the years. Follow this link to Retroplanet.com and our Blog About the Vendo 81, 44 and 39 Service Manuals in the PDF Library. There you can download a copy of a Vendo 81 Soda Machine Manual.

Dimensions: 58”H x 27”W x 16”D
Weight: 286 lbs.

View the video of this Coca-Cola Vendo 81D Soda Machine

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: Blogs with Videos · Coca Cola Vending Machine · Machine Manuals · Soda Vending Machines · The Vendo Company · Vendo

30 responses so far ↓

  • 1 susan // Mar 14, 2009 at 9:50 am

    I have one of these machines I would like to sell. What is the best way to do this?

  • 2 Byron anderson // May 8, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    I have one works great all original but door on right how do u tell what model and wheres best place 2 sell it

  • 3 vintagevending // May 11, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    You can sell it on ebay or craig’s list. There are also a few sites out there that do auctions of soda machines. If you send us a picture, we can try and identify the model for you.

  • 4 Yarid // Aug 4, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    I have pretty much all of a model V-110 multi drink vendor Md. H110 . Looking for a restorer that would be interested in buying them. I started to restore and ran out of health and desire. Racks are not part of it.

  • 5 george // Nov 25, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    I would like to know how much a VENDO 81D- 1956 all originally restored model coke machine in perfect condition is worth?

  • 6 vintagevending // Nov 27, 2009 at 10:16 am

    We aren’t able to give estimates on the value of an item as we are no longer in the business. 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. You can also contact fun-tronicsllc.com (217) 857-1759 for more specific information on machines. If anyone can help with a value of this item please comment.

  • 7 Robbie Kuchar // Mar 20, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    My mother has had for years a Vendo 81 D coke machine. Several people are offering to purchase it, but I have no clue. I am looking for a ball park figure, works, never been repaired, latch on the door is broken. Is in original paint condition. Is 2500.00 too much to ask for this? Thanks,Robbie

  • 8 vintagevending // Mar 22, 2010 at 8:21 am


    The best thing to do is check out ebay or Craig’s list. Currently, there are a few machines in different stages of restoration/condition priced from $2995 – $6995.

  • 9 Kim // May 3, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    My parents have lived in their house for almost 20 years and have had a coca-cola machine in their garage for even longer. It is in pretty rough condition and I can’t find a model number on it but it is a vendo 7 bottle holder. is there any way I can figure out more about this machine.

  • 10 vintagevending // May 3, 2010 at 3:16 pm


    Can you send us pictures to this address?

  • 11 Erich // Sep 7, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Does anyone know if you can set this machine into “Free Vend” mode? Is there some switch I can throw to make mine free? I have a working 81D but sometimes the coins jam, and I rather it just be free all the time. Any help would be very appreciated.


  • 12 Deb // Oct 17, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    We have a Vendo 81D coke machine. It was professionally painted with coke paint, but never put back together. We bought it and are putting it back together. We are at the door part where the window is in front of the coke bottles. There are 3 metal pieces around the glass and a rubber gasket that also goes around it. What is missing? We don’t have a picture of just that to see how it goes together. Could you tell us if we are missing one of the side metal pieces or are there some kind of piece that holds it in place? If you had a picture of just that area it would be appreciated.

  • 13 Shannon // Nov 1, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    I have a Vendo H81 D Coke machine and I’m looking for a coin mechanism and coin mechanism cover, if anyone can tell me where to look for parts I would greatly appreciate it

  • 14 Steve // Dec 3, 2010 at 11:37 am

    I am looking to purchase a Vendo 81 D as a project, if you have one to sell please email me.

  • 15 Bill // Jan 19, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    I am looking for a nice original Vendo 81 to buy. If you have one, please email me with condition and pic. Thanks.

  • 16 Bruce // Mar 23, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    How much would a 1956 Vendo H90a worth in working condition worth? I understand that it is a ruff estimate.

  • 17 Shawn // Jul 19, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    I have a vendo 81d for sale. chefcola@aol.com

  • 18 Scott // Sep 9, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    I have an opportunity to buy an V-81D in all original condition that still works for $700. The paint is a bit faded, but other than that, it looks great as is. The seller said he would restore it to new condition for an additional $1000. My questions are:

    Is this a good deal for the original machine?


    Is $1000 a reasonable restoration fee (he has a full body/paint shop and already did all the research to restore it correctly, but just has no need for it any longer) and would it add that much more value?

    Thank you very much.

  • 19 George // Dec 1, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    We have a Vendo Coke machine that looks just like pictures above, but no coke bottle on the front. Believe it is a 1955, but don’t know where to look for model number. All original parts and in great working order. Mint condition. Any thoughts on worth?

  • 20 Jim bunn // Jan 15, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    I have a H81D coke machine ,I need some items to make it all work. it runs good but need things to restore it . can you help me . Jim

  • 21 Larry // Jan 23, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    I am restoring a Vendo 81 A and I need 9 bottle shelves. I can find the after market shelves but want it back in original condition. Have any idea where I could find these original bottle shelves ?

  • 22 Rick // Apr 3, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    I found an origional Pepsi V-81 d in great condition, they want $5,000 for it
    Is this too much?

  • 23 Ryan // Apr 14, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Rick – I would say that’s too much. I wouldnt pay more then $3000 for an unrestored V81d.

  • 24 Rob // May 2, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    hi, i have a coke vendo, h81d model,, does anyone know how i can vend bottles without dimes?, they sometimes get jammed .. i’m thinking i may have to take the master lock apart, any help?

  • 25 Jhovany // Nov 16, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    I have a smaller version of the vendo 81 which also hold sodas. I am trying to figure out what the value is and if its a reproduction. Can someone please let me know if this sounds familiar. thank you

  • 26 Ron // Mar 18, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    It sounds like you have a Vendo 56.

  • 27 Victor Moore // Sep 30, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Do you have parking meter parts, looking for an hour plate that goes on the door for a 2 1/2 hour Duncan miller Model 50, Or no where I can get one. Thanks Victor

  • 28 Craig showalter // Dec 11, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Him.I am looking for a vintage coke machine.reasonably prices..email craig @ craigsho07@gmail.com or call or text me at 814-585-0428 .

  • 29 ricardo // May 31, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    I would like to purchase a machine coca paste a seeing 44 or 81 seeing a or b. Can you help me’m from Brazil. Ricardoseidel2010@gmail.com

  • 30 Bill // Jun 30, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    I need parts for my H 81 D can you tell me where to go for them?

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