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The Cornelius Universal 400

April 3rd, 2009 · 3 Comments

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Coca-Cola Cornelius Universal 400

A Coca-Cola Large Capacity Pre-Mix Soda Fountain Dispenser

The 1965 Cornelius Universal 400 soft drink dispenser was designed as a high-capacity, low-cost machine. Its intended use was at places that attracted big crowds like drive-ins, restaurants and bars, and even the beach. There was an optional wheel kit available to make the unit portable. It could also be used with 6-inch brushed chrome legs as a freestanding unit, or without the legs to fit under a counter.

The dispenser featured a prominently placed, illuminated panel printed with the Coca-Cola slogan of “Things go better with Coke”. There were 4 valves, allowing up to 4 products to be dispensed. The soft drinks were premixed and cooled and this dispenser could serve 400 cold drinks, figuring on 8 drinks dispensed per minute. There was a cooling recovery rate of 3 drinks per minute.

Pre-mix Coca-Cola Soda Fountain Dispenser

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

Weight: 138 lbs.
Dimensions: 38”H x 16 3/8”W x 16”D (without legs)
44”H x 16 3/8”W x 16”D (with legs)

Tags: Antique Advertising · Coca-Cola · Manufacturer Histories · Other Vending Machines · Soda Fountain & Dispensers · Soda Vending Machines

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Warren // Apr 6, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    I have one of these fountains and need it restored do you know of anyone that does this?



  • 2 vintagevending // Apr 8, 2009 at 8:18 am


    You could try americansodafountain.com

  • 3 Martin // Sep 19, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    I’ve just managed to buy one of these in very good condition. I need to locate some service information. I would like to restore without going overboard about it.

    I need a thermostat but I have no idea of the specifications for it. Anyone have anything that will help?

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