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Mills Coca-Cola Model 47 Machines

April 5th, 2010 · 26 Comments

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Mills Coca-Cola Model 47 Machines

The three Mills Coca-Cola vending machines shown in this photo are representative of some of the model 47 series that consisted of the model designations 47-A, 47-B and 47-N. These machines are either 47-As or 47Bs. The A and B versions look very similar to each other, while the 47-N was promoted as a new and improved version of these former models with a slightly different appearance and greater vending capacity.

The Mills model 47-A was built from 1938 to 1940 and the 47-B version was manufactured from 1941 to 1945 and was an improved version of the A model. Typically these machines were painted in the distinctive Mills color scheme of two-tone red and green. They had the capacity to vend 60 bottles and pre-cool 42. These are both very collectible soda machines.

Dimensions: 62”H x 36”W x 23”D

Manufactured by:
Mills Industries, Inc.
4100 Fullerton Ave.
Chicago, Illinois

These items are 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: Coca Cola Vending Machine · Coca-Cola · Soda Machines

26 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tod // Apr 5, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Great machines! What were some of the differences between the 47 A and B models? Can you spot them externally? Also why is the coin entry bezel square on the bottom of the left hand machine? Was it a coin changer?


  • 2 vintagevending // Apr 6, 2010 at 2:47 pm


    There were only minor internal mechanical changes between the A and B. About the rectangular coin entry bezel, it does not appear to be a coin changer. I believe this machine only took nickels. The shape might be different due to the various stages of restoration.

  • 3 Tim // Apr 9, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Very nice!! I just recently received what I beleive to be a early 1970’s Coke choice vend model cvc 224-5. I have no experience with any type of vending machines. Where might I find information and parts for such a machine?


  • 4 vintagevending // Apr 12, 2010 at 8:23 am


    Try http://www.fun-tronicsllc.com. They have parts for many types of machines. Also ebay does too.

  • 5 Tom // Apr 17, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Hey guys,

    Beautiful machines. Are these the ones that give the bottle and then have the cap remover on them as well opposed to the screw top bottle top?

  • 6 vintagevending // Apr 19, 2010 at 9:24 am


    I believe there is a bottle opener/cap catcher right underneath where the bottle is vended.

  • 7 walter // Jun 5, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    vintagevending i would like to know where to get info on a vendo model hd56a pepsi machine i have one i would like to fix up and use. any help would greatly appreciated thanks .

  • 8 vintagevending // Jun 18, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Walter, try this link: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:-_DfROvVS_0J:soda-machines.com/index.php%3Foption%3Dcom_smf%26Itemid%3D29%26topic%3D887.0+hd56a+pepsi+machine&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

  • 9 S. BLACKARD // Jun 22, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    i’m looking for the value of my 87 cavalier coke machine. looks great inside and out and works. can’t find this on ebay. any help will be appreciated.

  • 10 Albert // Jan 10, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    I saw your wonderful coke machines. I am looking for a coke machine 5 cent, 47 B. I remember that style from an old liquor store , and I have always wanted one. Do you know anyone who has one for sale? It doesn’t need to be restored, but in good, workable condition. Also, how much do they go for? I what to see if it would fit into my budget. I appreciate any input you can give me.

  • 11 Aimee // Mar 14, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    can you tell me how much the green/blue and red one goes for?

    thank you.

  • 12 JIM // Mar 20, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    I Picked up an Ideal Coke Machine , made by ideal vender in toronto canada , I cant find any info on it , the model # is 100, serial # is 243 , I Was looking for the year it was manufactured , and if it was worth getting it restored .

  • 13 Aimee // Apr 1, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    does anyone want to buy 47-a. if so please email me at aimeewasnothere@yahoo.com with a price. its green an red and fair condition.

  • 14 Jay C // Apr 19, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    I have a Mills 47-A in decent condition that I inherited. Where can I find the price of how much it would sell for? Pretty much in the same condition as the pictures.

  • 15 alex c // Mar 18, 2012 at 6:30 am

    I am looking for a mills coke machine I’m very partial to the green and red….can anyone tell me where t go to find one

  • 16 Todd // Apr 10, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Jay C,

    would you be willing to sell your Mills 47-A?

  • 17 doug // Jul 20, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    So, what is a mills 47-A worth, I know a seller and she wants a fair price, Thanks

  • 18 vintagevending // Jul 23, 2012 at 10:26 am

    We do not do appraisals or give value estimations of machines. To get an idea what a machine may be worth, it may help to scan online auction sites or talk with collectors either in our forum or at flea markets or meets.

  • 19 steven thomas // Feb 28, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    I have a 47N vending machine. Do you know what years these were made and what an unrestored maching is worth? Thank-you. Steven

  • 20 vintagevending // Mar 4, 2013 at 8:44 am

    The Mills 47-N was made from 1939 to 1945. We do not do appraisals or give value estimations of machines. To get an idea what yours is worth, it may help to scan online auction sites or talk with other collectors either in our forum or at flea markets or meets.

  • 21 fred // Aug 1, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    i have the machine 47B in great condition. What is the value of this machine?

  • 22 Denis // Nov 16, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Is there someone out there that has interest in an all original Mills 45, in working condition?

  • 23 Alice Glover // Dec 4, 2013 at 11:58 am

    We have a vintage coke machine, model 120-B2. Where can I get a wiring harness for that machine? The serial number is T-8678, Volts 115, AMPS 6. Our dog chewed it up and we now need to replace it. Do you all sell parts for this particular machine? Or do you know who does??

  • 24 Jennie Ryan // Feb 17, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Hello Denis is that 45 mills coke machine still around? Thanks

  • 25 Jeremy D. // May 14, 2014 at 10:56 am

    I have a Mills 47 (just like the green/red one above) recently restored from Rick’s Restorations. It took almost 3 years to complete because he found the original parts and it took a looong time. Anyway, my situation has changed since and I can no longer have it at my house. I’ve been looking on Ebay so I don’t know how much to price it. Anyone have an idea so I can put a price tag on it? I mean it’s very rare, I’m thinking no less than a 5 digit price tag.

  • 26 rena // Mar 26, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    im just trying to learn a little more about a coca cola vending machine I inherited. it belonged to my great great grandfather. It was manufactured by Mills Industries Incorp $.06 Coca Cola bottle vending machine. Serial #T-5645 and model# 120B-1. Its in great condition just dusty. I have been online all day trying to figure its age, how rare it is, and its worth. All the website I visited wont give me info Im looking for. Can someone please help me!

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