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The Cornelius Deluxe Draft Arms

June 8th, 2009 · 10 Comments

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Coca-Cola Draft Arms Dispenser

The Cornelius Deluxe Draft Arms was the name for a compact pre-mix soft drink dispenser, designed for use in upscale bars and restaurants. They were produced exclusively for the Coca-Cola Company in the late 1950s. The dispenser was available as a single draft arm, two-, three- or a four-draft arms unit. It was designed to be elegant “to harmonize with the finest stainless or chrome fixtures in the best establishments”. The draft arms had a slim design to use a minimum of counter space. The melamine valve handles had large labels to promote Coke sales and to identify the product easily. One of the arms would naturally be reserved for dispensing Coca-Cola while the others were most likely used for mixers. This dispenser came with a drip tray and mounting base that could easily clamp onto counters and bars. It was a remote soft drink dispenser since the product was fed to the valves through refrigerated product lines from the canisters like the “Remote Super-Serve 200”.

Coke Cornelius Soda Fountain Dispenser

Cornelius Soda Dispenser Advertisement

Manufactured by:
The Cornelius Company
2727 North Ferry Street
Anoka, MN 55303

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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 LARRY HOLLENBACH // Oct 29, 2009 at 8:48 am

    I recently bought a Cornelius Deluxe Draft Arm dispenser (4 arms as shown on website). I am missing 3 of the 4 red arm covers and one handle which was cracked.
    Any help locating these parts is appreciated.

  • 2 vintagevending // Nov 2, 2009 at 10:53 am


    Try americansodafountain.com (312) 733-5000. They refurbish many types of machines.

  • 3 solanki.deepak // Dec 20, 2009 at 4:43 am

    we have one soda fountain of everfrost company in running condition. I am interested in repair manual please help.

  • 4 james howell // Apr 5, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    i have a 1950,s soda dispenser. in very nice shape. it looks like the one in picture.the handles are made a little different. what would it be worth to a collector.the vin no.on it is 46392 . leave message beettlejuice65@hotmail.com

  • 5 vintagevending // Apr 6, 2010 at 9:31 am


    We are not able to give estimates on the value of an item. A good place to start is ebay or Craig’sList, sometimes items like these pop up. If anyone else can help, please comment.

  • 6 Steve // Apr 17, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    I am looking for information about what an air compressor manufactured by The Cornelius Company would be used for or in.
    It is a Model K, s/n 80174.
    It has a nice brown matte finish & rubber feet on the base, so I don’t think it would have been mounted inside of a dispensing system or ice maker.

  • 7 vintagevending // Apr 19, 2010 at 9:37 am


    The only information I could find is at this link: http://www.scubaboard.com/forums/gear-equipment-classifieds/113866-3-stage-air-compressor-27vdc-made-cornelius-co-make-offer.html
    It was made for the US Military. Not sure if it’s the same as yours or not.

  • 8 Peter // Jul 15, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    The companey that I worked for used the Model K compressor in their Draft Beer systems. It was ideal as it is an oilless compressor. This was in the late ’50s early ’60s. I still have one s/n 1725

  • 9 Sergio // Aug 15, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    I am looking for a Cornelius deluxe draft 4 arms to be used in a new restaurant. I would like to know if it will be compatible with today’s gas soda new systems, and if anybody would have one for sale.

  • 10 Danny Croker // Aug 9, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    If anyone has one of these dispenser for sale weather restored or not please contact me at DannyCroker@aol.com Thanks

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