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Pepsi VMC 81 Soda Vending Machine

August 21st, 2009 · 19 Comments

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VMC 81 Soda Vending Machine

This machine can vend up to 81 cold bottles of Pepsi-Cola and has room to pre-cool 17. There are nine shelves, so a machine restored for use today has the capability of vending up to nine different flavors, depending on your needs. The slant shelves can accommodate bottles ranging in size from 6 ½ ounces to 12 ounces, giving you even more flexibility. The vending door has a fluorescent light inside, to illuminate the soda bottles within, making it easy to see your selection.

Slant Shelves on Pepsi Vendor

VMC 81 Vending Shelves

Pepsi VMC 81 Vendor Coin Box

The original Pepsi VMC 81s were painted a solid “Pepsi Blue”. We have restored this machine with a deeper blue, added the white top and changed the embossed lettering from white to red, creating much more of a contrast.

VMC 81 Pepsi-Cola Machine

VMC 81 Pepsi-Cola Machine

The resulting red, white and blue is very striking and would look great in any gameroom or office. Whereas Vendo only produced the 81 for the Coca-Cola Company, Vendorlator (or VMC, as they’re also called), produced soda machines for many soda companies. Despite the fact that the Pepsi VMCs had the second highest production rate (second only to Coke), these machines are not that easy to find today.

Dimensions: 58”H x 27”W x 16”D
Weight: 286 lbs.
Produced: 1955 to 1958

Manufactured by:
The Vendorlator Manufacturing Company
Fresno, California

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

19 responses so far ↓

  • 1 W.G. Jackson // Feb 8, 2010 at 11:47 am

    We have an old Pepsi Cooler opens from side & top, holds bottles, from Ideal Vendors Limited in Deseronto, Ontario, Canada. I am looking for seals for the doors, does anyone have any idea where I can start looking?

  • 2 vintagevending // Apr 14, 2010 at 8:24 am

    W.G.

    Try fun-tronicsllc.com.

  • 3 JoAnn Nieland // Apr 7, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Have a Cornelius Selectivend Pepsi Machine, model # 132-1255, Serial # 50-0691-1446, Type IC2. Could you Please let me know how much this pepsi machine is worth.

  • 4 Earl Briones // May 17, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    This is pretty a cool Pepsi-Cola VMC 81 Vending machine. How much is it?

  • 5 Mark Fowler // Jan 12, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Yes I was looking for someone that might know something about a VMC I have it looks like the VMC 81 but the glass door is on the wrong side it has drink pepsi cola on it and I haven’t been able to find one like it. Hope u can help thanks (704)221-3389 mark. I can send pics

  • 6 Shane Lawrence // Feb 8, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Nice machine, We are doing 2 just like it.. Would you share the paint code of the deep blue ? I think it looks great.

  • 7 vintagevending // Feb 9, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Shane,
    Unfortunately we do have the colors we used on file. Thank-you for the interest in our site and good luck with the restorations!

  • 8 Patrick Jensen // May 31, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    I have a LaCrosse EC-54 Pepsi machine I want to restore. I am looking for any information on how I can get manuals and hardware for this machine. Thanks

  • 9 vintagevending // Jun 4, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Patrick,
    You can try fun-tronicsllc.com (217) 857-1759 for more specific information on machines.

  • 10 Sally Salsbury // Aug 10, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    I have an old Pepsi machine model is VF56PB-K serial number is 41269B56AB. Would like to have some history on it. You can contact me at my email address. Sincerely Thank you

  • 11 Phil Trecazzi // Nov 2, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    I have an old Pepsi Can machine that has 4 selection Buttons for your choice of pop, had a $.40 price tag and stands about 5 ft. It had a Plastic piece on the top of the front of the machine that read New Pepsi Now in Cans. It doesn’t have a Model Tag on the Machine and i have asked alot of people in the Vending business and even Collectors and i can’t get anyone who can tell me what Model it is or anywhere to try to get parts that might work on it. If anyone can tell me anything about My Pepsi Cola Machine, Please help. I am looking for any information i can get. I have found pleanty of machines that are close that vend 5 selections, but none that vend 4. Thanks everyone.

  • 12 Bud Jones // Nov 17, 2012 at 4:50 am

    I am wondering if you could tell me the approximate mfg. date of My Pepsi machine. It is a Dixie-Narco model DCB-350, has 5 vertical vending racks, 5 selections, & the price sticker (over the original) reads 40c. I hope you will excuse the picture, bad camera but the only one I have. Thanks Very Much. -Bud

  • 13 vintagevending // Nov 20, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Bud,
    I could not find the exact model you describe, but you may want to take a look at this site: soda-machines.com. There you can look at photos of vintage soda machines and see which one is closet to your model to get an idea of the years it was manufactured. Good luck!

  • 14 Elaine Webb // Jan 2, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    On Rick Dale’s restoration show, he restored a Pepsi machine to original blue. There was a contraption on the left side (looking at the front of the machine) tht looked like a water fountain. What was it, really?

  • 15 charity // Aug 20, 2013 at 9:40 am

    chrjhn@yahoo.com
    I would like to know how much for this machine? My boyfriend wants one and was thinking about getting it for Christmas. If you could please email me back.
    Thank you,
    Charity

  • 16 vintagevending // Aug 23, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Charity,
    The items on this site are here for informational and entertainment purposes only. None of the items shown here are for sale.

  • 17 J.B. WILSON // Oct 24, 2013 at 11:22 am

    I HAVE A ORIG. VENDO 88 PEPSI.
    10 YEARS AGO WE BOUGHT IT AND IT WORKED GREAT. STILL HAD ORIG. WIRING. WE BOUGHT THE NEW WIRING HARNESS AND INSTALLED ALONG WITH NEW DOOR SEALS AT THAT TIME.
    STILL WORKS GREAT , HAS NEVER BEEN UNPLUGED OR TURNED OFF IN THE 10 YEARS WE HAVE HAD IT.
    LIGHT BLUE (NOT THE DARK) SCRATCHES FROM BEING MOVED FROM PLACE TO PLACE BACK IN THE DAY… WITH OUT PHOTO’S CAN YOU GIVE A APPROX VALUE ????
    THANKS
    J.B.

  • 18 vintagevending // Oct 25, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    J.B.,
    We aren’t able to give estimates on the value of your machine, but you could try Ebay or Craig’s List. Sometimes items like this pop up, and they can give you a ballpark figure on the value of your machine. Keep in mind value depends on condition and the current market trends. 
If anyone else can help, please comment.

  • 19 Ron Gillespie // Mar 29, 2014 at 7:41 am

    I have had the VMC Pepsi machine in my basement for 38 years, all original, in unbelievable shape. Retired and would like to sell. 217-521-5604

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