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Jacobs 56 Pepsi Vendor

September 23rd, 2008 · 14 Comments

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Pepsi-Cola Vending Machine

The Jacobs 56 Pepsi-Cola Vending Machine

The Jacobs 56 Pepsi-Cola Vending Machine is one of the most sought-after Pepsi machines ever made. Serious collectors consider it the “Holy Grail” of all soda machines. Having been manufactured for only two years, between 1952 and 1953, makes this a very rare machine. We are proud to have restored several of these machines, and you can see one of them in our Retro Museum at Retroplanet.com.

Collectors know this vendor as the “Pepsi Light-Up”. This is because the Pepsi “cap”, or logo on the front lights up, by way of two bulbs located behind it. Above the cap, to either side, are a red and blue (or sometimes green) lens. The red lens indicates when the machine is empty, and the blue reads “nickels only”. This machine vends 56 bottles of Pepsi and can vend bottle sizes from 10 to 12 ounces. It also has the capacity to pre-cool 37 bottles. This model, unlike the Jacobs Coca-Cola machines, uses slant-shelves to vend the sodas.

The shape of the machine is typical of Jacobs soda machines. They have a rounded top, resembling a mailbox. This makes for a very unique and appealing appearance. So in addition to its rarity, these machines are also very desirable for their style. It can be difficult to find an original Jacobs 56 that has the Pepsi “cap” intact and in good condition which can complicate the restoration of one of these models.

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: 61” high x 27” wide x 21 ½” deep
Weight: 280 lbs.

Manufactured by:

F. L. Jacobs

Traverse City, Michigan

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: Pepsi-Cola · Restorations by Vintage Vending Inc. · Soda Vending Machines

14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Duane Davenport // Jan 26, 2009 at 11:32 am

    Regarding Pepsi Jacobs 56:
    I have one of these in original condition some wear and the compressor is not working , but overall quite beautiful. A local bottle collector is after it. I have owned tis since 1976. What is it worth? Thanks in advance for your response.
    Duane Davenport

  • 2 Keith Orr // Aug 17, 2009 at 2:41 am

    I have a Pepsi Vendo 56 soda machine that is in very good condition. It works very well, and we use it today. Can you tell me what a machine like mine is worth?

    Thank you,

  • 3 vintagevending // Aug 17, 2009 at 9:49 am

    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. 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.

  • 4 Kathy // Oct 7, 2009 at 12:14 am

    I have a Pepsi vendor machine model P-95, serial #2052 in storage. My husband is disabled & we are trying to relocate. I cannot find any information on this machine; including, trying to contact Pepsi. I would like to sell the machine, bu have no idea what to list it for. Can anyone e-mail me and give me some insight on how to list this?

  • 5 Vic Orndorff // Dec 12, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Any suggestions in reference to a refrigeration system for my Jacobs 26. I am in need for either a new or rebuilt (complete system). If someone would know what I can install for the Jacobs, it would be greatly appreciated! I am not concerned if the unit is correct for the Jacobs. But need a good reliable refrigeration deck / system for it. Thks! Vic

  • 6 Mark // May 20, 2011 at 9:22 am

    I currently own a Jacobs J 56 Pepsi Machine and need to find some parts for it, anyone have any good sites for me to go to please let me know.

  • 7 Greg Ruggiero // Sep 28, 2011 at 10:41 pm


    Do you have any Interest in a Jacobs 56/Pepsi Light up Machine. It needs Refurbishing, But it gets Cold, Body Great, Needs things such as Gaskets, Inside Door Cover, Etc.

    Let me know,


    Greg Ruggiero

  • 8 Russell // Dec 5, 2011 at 2:41 pm


    I am interested in your machine. Will you please email me back in reference to purchasing it?


  • 9 Russell // Dec 5, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    My email is adamrhunt@msn.com or 801-916-5113.


  • 10 Pat o'Donnell // Oct 8, 2013 at 10:29 am

    I have a Jacobs 56 for sale. Has rust but works, and 2 cases of full 8 oz. bottles of Pepsi. Give me an email if you know anyone looking for one. Pat O’Donnell. Email is peepaw3854@yahoo.com phone 716-676-3106

  • 11 Nancy Brown // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    I have a Jacobs 56 for sale. It has been in storage for 20 yrs. in great restorable condition! If interested call 859-224-8213

  • 12 JOHN B. // Apr 2, 2014 at 7:27 am


  • 13 charles BRIMLEY // Apr 30, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    I am looking for a Pepsi Jacobs 56. Please give me a call. Many thanks, Chuck. 414-961-2113

  • 14 Danny Croker // Jul 22, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Looking for an jacobs 56 vending machine. If you have one for sale call 770 547 5911 or e-mail me at DannyCroker@aol.com

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