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Pepsi-Cola Soda Cooler

August 3rd, 2008 · 46 Comments

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Cooler Brochure

1940’s Pepsi-Cola Soda Cooler

This is a brochure for a rare Pepsi-Cola machine made by the Universal Cooler Corporation of Marion, Ohio. They were manufactured from the early to mid-1940’s as an automatic coin-operated vending machine. This electric cooler has a 66-bottle capacity with room for 50-chilled bottles and an additional 16 pre-cooled bottles. The profile of the cooler was intended to be smaller than earlier models, to take up less floor space.

Cooler Features

Pepsi-Cola Soda Cooler Interior

Pepsi-Cola Cooler

Soda Vendor

Universal Cooler Corporation

Marion, Ohio

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Tags: Pepsi-Cola · Soda Coolers

46 responses so far ↓

  • 1 MG // Jan 17, 2009 at 5:36 am

    I have one similar, but not coin operated. It is shaped like the above pictured one but the top is a split door with one door being able to be opened and the other left shut. Made by Heintz MFG- Philadelphia, PA Serial number 3059. NEED original pictures of this product so I can see the correct colors of the box.

  • 2 JT // Feb 10, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    I to have a similar machine but it’s more like the previous (MG) posters. I too would like a picture of this product so that I can see original colors.

  • 3 Sachin SN // Feb 23, 2009 at 4:40 am

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    We would like to purchase a Pepsi-Soda Cooler, which works in 22 degree celsius. Kindly get me the quote or get me to contact address for the same. Regards

  • 4 Bud // Mar 23, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    Hi, I am new to the site. Irecently purchased an ice box cooler that looks just like this one in the picture but doesn’t have a coin box. It just has a water drain on the bottom. Does anyone reember seeing one like mine?

  • 5 Keith // Mar 31, 2009 at 11:46 am

    Hi Bud,
    sounds like you have a Heintz ” Gullwing “. It is just a different version of the cooler we are showing. It opens from the top and was available as an ice box or with refrigeration.

  • 6 Keith // Mar 31, 2009 at 11:49 am

    We do not sell machines anymore. If you keep an eye on ebay one will show up. Also check craigs list.

    Best of luck

  • 7 Christina LaValley // May 1, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    I have one, it is missing some pieces and has a touch of rust on it. It belonged to my Great Grandparents. They use to own a service station. I just got it, it has been in storage for years and i would love to know how to refurbish it. If anyone can help me i could send photos of it. Thanks

  • 8 Dwayne // May 27, 2009 at 11:07 am

    Just came across this site in search of finding the value of a vintage pepsi cooler like the one above. Not coin operated with the double sided lid. Exactly like the above otherwise. Does it have any value?

  • 9 vintagevending // May 29, 2009 at 9:17 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. If anyone can help with a value of this item please comment.

  • 10 Stephen // Jul 19, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    I have four of the coin operated universal coolers, One came from canada, one from texas, one from nebraska, one from missouri. all are missing the vending conveyor units, but have 8 motor/gear box drive units for the convey. they made two different gear boxes. have around 10 or 11 coins extra. I am looking for other parts for the conveyor. Universal cooler had a coveror credit program. If you needed a new conveyor unit. you order one and when came put the bad unit in the box and ship it back for credit. Just after ww2 they sent out a letter saying they have too many core units and they will not be accepting core bad units. because they had too many of them. Think how many of the conveyor assembly were junked. :( I know about 1250 whole machines were scraped due to war order. units that were made before the war order that didn’t have a purchase order were now the government’s.

  • 11 Jim Yuhas // Aug 5, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    Looking for a manual for:
    Vendorlator MFG CO
    MFR’s # O1C155OZF
    Ser no. 4MK533830
    Model VF165
    Kansas City, Missouri

  • 12 eric // Aug 6, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    WOW Steve thanks for all the good information, Im in the process of fixing my gullwing electric model, Always wanted a coin one, Any plans on selling your least favorite out of the 4 you have?

  • 13 vintagevending // Aug 7, 2009 at 9:12 am


    Try fun-tronicsllc.com, they have many manuals for different types of machines.

  • 14 Tuck // Dec 16, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Hi i had a customer pull in my shop and ask if i wanted this old ancchor it was on its way to the dump. we whipped it out of his truck and took it in our shop. After he left we put in water, plugged in, and it worked. It is gullwing no rust fair paint Thanks

  • 15 ROD // Aug 8, 2010 at 7:29 pm


  • 16 Dan // Sep 26, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    I just purchased a machine like this and would like to have any information anyone has on restoration tips, pictures or parts availability.
    Thanks Dan

  • 17 Mark // Nov 16, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    This is for Stephen.
    I’ve a couple of these coin op versions and perhaps the one you bought from Canada was mine as I sold one years ago to a fellow in Tennesse I think it was.
    I now have another and looking for any motors parts etc that you might be willing to sell.
    My email is mcmaster.tile@hotmail.com

  • 18 NICOLE // Nov 25, 2010 at 2:56 pm


  • 19 Dan // Dec 2, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    For Stephen
    I’m needing a motor /gear box for a gullwing I’m restoring. Please contact me if you have an extra you would be willing to sell. If not, perhaps I could get some pictures of one of yours to help in my search. Thanks Dan 816-628-5331 dbrant1@hallmark.com

  • 20 Mark // Feb 20, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Anyone hear from this guy with all these extra parts? Or any pics as well?

  • 21 john williams // Feb 22, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    i live in south eastern oklahoma and i cant find anyone that can do restoration work. i have a pepsi coin operated cooler..it cools with electric but u have to open the door and deposit the coin and then slide the one side of the glass open to get your soda bottel..it even has the bottle opener on the front and mint glass pepsi sign..it was mad by the cornelius co. in anoka minn. 53303..but i cant even find out what hapend to the company.or find anyone that knows about it.if anyone knows anyone in oklahoma that dose restoration work pleas let me know..my email is ax_i_om2@yahoo.com thank you.

  • 22 Dean VonBlohn // Mar 4, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    We have found this exact machine stored in our upstairs storage room at the local American Legion and are looking at possibly selling this item. What would you value it at.

  • 23 Eric // Mar 12, 2011 at 6:01 am


    if its the coin operated Version as shown above You SCORED a HOMERUN they are VERY RARE, especially if it has the inside guts that allow the bottles to convey around before they come out the top,
    They can go for over $20,000 the last one i saw went for $25,000 but that was before the economy crashed,


    Try selling it at the Chicago Show, thats where all the big wigs in the soda machine collectors field go or Ebay

    if its an Electric non coin version WITH NO COIN mech, ive seen them go for $4,500-7,000 thats if it has the ORIGINAL compressor, if it has a new compressor $3,500-4,500

    Also for you guys looking for GULLWING DECAL’S, take your machine to the guy who makes the decals for the local police cars or ambulance vans.
    He can trace them and make them for you, Thats how I had the one’s for my machine made.

  • 24 Eric // Mar 12, 2011 at 6:03 am

    Only about 7 of them have been found and restored, and out of them only 1 has the guts inside and works like it should

  • 25 Eric // Mar 12, 2011 at 6:08 am

    DEAN if you have photos of it Id love to see the machine, especially the inside of it, Ive never seen the Conveyer anywhere but the photo above……. Chitsee@yahoo.com

  • 26 Clifford Smith // Apr 30, 2011 at 11:33 am

    I have a 1943 Pepsi gullwing split top original embossed on both sides of the doors blue works looks good some minor rust. I bought Chicago, show 4/17/94 completely restored from Coney Island Restoration CA. for sale

  • 27 kim // May 27, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    I recently found a 1940 pepsi-cola machine and was wondering how much its worth and where I could sell it. email me for a picture

  • 28 kim // May 28, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    I have one like this, minus the paint. call me at 308-529-3680 or email kimberly19711@hotmail.com

  • 29 lori // Jun 23, 2011 at 6:12 am

    i need help to id a picnic cooler i found in the attic of a house i recently purchased. It says Drink Royal Crown Cola best by taste test. the cooler is NOT yellow it is a textured type aluminum (silver) with raised red letting on each side. bottle opener on one side under the handle . screw on drain cap with attached chain one side of the lid slides under a bracket type holder and the other side clamps. it measures approx 16″ h, 13″ w, and, 17″ length all approx a little over or under. i didnt think much of it until a neighbor continues to offer me money for it . 25 dollars but, he is persistant can u help id this picnic cooler it sure is very nice.

  • 30 Kevin // Jun 23, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    I have an old gullwing that has a little surface rust and the paint is fair. It has no compressor or motor but it appears there are tubes in the cooler box as there are fittings that protrude out of the bottom. What kind of compressor would fit and where would I get one? Thanks

  • 31 Cody // Aug 22, 2011 at 9:06 am

    I also recently picked up a gullwing pepsi machine .it looks like it was coin op but its missing the coin mechanism and cover plate as seen in pics.I know its a longshot but if any 1 out there has 1 they cd sell contact me please either at (codywild1@att.net )or call me at (707)490-9118 im in northern calif. I also need the lower front cover plate on front of floor stand..ty Cody

  • 32 Lewis Wells // Oct 28, 2011 at 9:34 am

    My Dad operated an old country store for 50+yrs. I have an old Pepsi drink box in very good condition with motor intact. The drinks kept cold by sitting in the water compartment and you would reach in, grab the bottle right out of the cold water, open and enjoy. It was made by True Mfg Co Inc out of St. Louis, MO Has a sliding top, the Pepsi blue color and still sits in his old store building. Would like more information such as value and how to sell. My email address is lewwells@embarqmail.com

  • 33 Mel Parks, Colorado // Nov 20, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    Hello everyone! I recently rescued a Heinz double door from a scrap metal dealer for the outrageous sum of $4o. The cooling unit is missing and the tub looks like a screen door. I’ve taken it all apart and sandblasted everything. I’m lining the tub with .016 stainless sheet metal, using gray silicone to seal the corners. I was wondering if they came any other way than all white. Mine only has Pepsi-Cola pressed into the lids. I am going to put it in my old 30’s style Filling Station that I built. Anyone have any thoughts. Mel Parks, Colorado. My email address is tractormel@sopris.net

  • 34 Darlene Armenta // Jan 30, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    I lost my key for my soda machine, serial # 4BF 106442, Model #VFA562C. Is there a way to get one?

  • 35 Laura // Mar 11, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    I just purchased a 1940’s Gullwing Pepsi cooler. I was wondering if anyone knew where I could purchase a cooling unit for it to install?

  • 36 shaun // Mar 11, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    ive recently came across a gullwing coin op unit shell in great shape was wondering if anyone has the conveyor and the coin mech that they would be willing to part with it would be ashame not to be able to restore this piece of history thanks email address shauns1979@yahoo.com

  • 37 shaun // Mar 15, 2012 at 8:56 am

    thinking about selling the one i have anyone interested

  • 38 Cody // Jul 29, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    I have and exact machine as in the picture, but is hollow, the sell is in good shape. I am trying to restore it and sell it and was wondering what it would be worth.

  • 39 vintagevending // Jul 30, 2012 at 10:00 am

    You can get an idea of how much these are going for by looking at online auction sites or talking to other collectors. We do not give appraisals or estimates of market values for machines. Price is always a variable, depending on the timing in regard to the economy and what buyers are looking for. Good luck with your restoration!

  • 40 Steve // Aug 25, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    where can I get decals for my 1941 Heinz Gullwing cooler?

  • 41 Steve Z // Oct 16, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    For Steve aug. 25th. I am in the process of having side graphics reproduced. They will be exact size and font, copied from a machine that has great original decals. The only difference that they will be in vinyl(8 year outside) uv protection.

  • 42 CATHY JANES // Sep 19, 2013 at 7:44 am

    I am looking at purchasing a Pepsi-Cooler ice chest. Has Pepsi Cola in raised red lettering and also has Gull Wing on it. Also says Patt off. Has the split top , both sides open and it has the two handles on the side. can anyone say if they have seen one like this.
    Could someone give me more information about the Chicago Show.

  • 43 james // Nov 8, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Does anyone know the model or specs for the compressor needed for this model?

  • 44 Danny // Nov 26, 2013 at 10:31 am

    My dad has one of these machines. He has had it over 30 years. The compressor does work, it does not cool though and does not have the guts. We are not fans of eBay and we’re wanting help with possible sites to list this for sale on if anyone could help. Thank you

  • 45 seth // May 30, 2017 at 11:03 am

    I’m looking for a complete coin op gullwing with internal conveyor guts if anyone is selling one. Thanks Seth

  • 46 Renae // Sep 14, 2017 at 11:04 am

    I have one of these in my barn wondering if anyone is interested please email me.

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