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The Vendo V-23 Mechanical Coca-Cola Coin Cooler

March 26th, 2009 · 62 Comments

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Vendo 23 Coca-Cola Cooler

Also known as the “Spin Top”, the Vendo 23 vended 23 bottles and pre-cooled 7. Introduced in 1949, it was a smaller cooler, made specifically to fit into smaller spaces. It was intended as an alternative to the bulkier upright vendors available at the time.

Vendo V-23 Dimensions

Behind the large pullout door there was storage for empties or additional bottles of Coca-Cola. It had an all-steel construction with a baked enamel finish and featured automatic defrost.

This machine was designed to accept 5 cents, 6 cents, or 10 cents and was unable to make change. The vending was done manually, by rotating the handle and lifting the lid to remove a soda.

V-23 Spin Top Coke Vendor

Dimensions: 20”D x 24”W x 36”H
Weight: 156 lbs.

Manufactured by:
The Vendo Company
Kansas City, Missouri

Tags: Antique Advertising · Coca Cola Vending Machine · Soda Coolers · Soda Machines · The Vendo Company · Uncategorized

62 responses so far ↓

  • 1 V. Lindner // Jun 27, 2009 at 1:24 am

    I have one of the Vendo v 23 models. It needs restoring – any idea how much it might be worth?

  • 2 vintagevending // Jun 29, 2009 at 9:15 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. You can also contact fun-tronicsllc.com (217) 857-1759 for more specific information on machines. If anyone can help with a value of this item please comment.

  • 3 J Woodward // Jul 21, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    I also have a Vendo V-23 and runs great except need to have it checked out because it just keeps getting too cold. Everthing is there and has not been restored.

  • 4 Martin Fine // Jul 22, 2009 at 9:39 pm


    Am looking for a Vendo v23 Manual – not on this website as a PDF

    Does anyone have one?


    Martin Fine

  • 5 vintagevending // Jul 24, 2009 at 8:41 am


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

  • 6 Gary // Sep 28, 2009 at 1:37 am

    I have one Of These.Found in Woods.Old Compressor Still works!! Bad Needs a Whole top.That part was Missing.Never Found.Still a Cool Find.I’d like to sell or Buy a Complete Top for this.Vendo v23

  • 7 Ben Terral // Oct 17, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    A very good friend has a Vendo v23 Coke machine that is in great condition. It still works perfectly & he wants to sell it. Contact me & I will tell him you are interested.

  • 8 jeff gold // Nov 22, 2009 at 9:38 am

    Trying to get more info on my Vendo it’s Model #a23b5k,where would a key be available for this machine.I would appreciate any help.Thanks

  • 9 vintagevending // Nov 23, 2009 at 10:23 am


    fun-tronicsllc.com sells keys for lots of different machines.

  • 10 Bryce // Jan 20, 2010 at 12:40 am

    Trying to find a compressor for a Vendo 23 Deluxe, any suggestions? Would say ‘49-’50 model

  • 11 vintagevending // Jan 20, 2010 at 10:08 am


    Thsre are a couple of places where you can get a compressor repaired.

  • 12 Dan // Feb 5, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    has any one ever removed the bottle holding tubes in a vendo 23 so you can put beer cans in place of the small pop bottles

  • 13 Clyde Zapata Jr. // Mar 8, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    I Have A Vendo 23 That Only Takes Nickles . Is Got One Little Rust Part About The Size Of A Dime. I’v Had This Thing Up In My Attic For 40 Years . Time To Get Rid Of. Worked 100% When I Put It Up.

  • 14 Scott // Apr 11, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Clyde I would be interested in speaking with you about the Vendo 23 you posted about on March 8th

  • 15 cory // Apr 20, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    I have a Vendo 23. I need parts to restore. Im looking for the coin mech with the turn knob,
    and the bottle drum i think its called. plus a service manual .Any one have or suggestions as to finding. thanks

  • 16 vintagevending // Apr 21, 2010 at 11:03 am


    Check out fun-tronicsllc.com. They should have the parts you’re looking for.

  • 17 jim // May 18, 2010 at 1:31 am

    Good luck finding a coin mech. I have been looking for one myself for a long time and cannot find one new or used. You would think that somebody would have one. All of the vendo-23 that I have seen so far the coin mech. has been taken out. I might just sell my machine but I don’t know what it is worth, it is in real good condition. All It needs is the coin mech. It has been in storage for the last three years. so if can find an extra coin mech. used or new please email Thanks for reading.

  • 18 vintagevending // May 18, 2010 at 3:20 pm


    Have you tried colamachines.com? They sell them, and also there is a forum that you can post to, and hopefully someone will have one for you. Also, ebay is a great resource.

  • 19 Tom Loquai // Jun 8, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    I have a Vendo v-23 in very good operating condition for sale. Contact me if interested.

  • 20 Rachael // Sep 29, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    I’ve got a Vendo A 23 E Coca-Cola machine Id like to sell. It’s set on 6 cents, in excellent working condition, and includes all the original parts and accessories & key. Please email me if interested. Thanks! :)

  • 21 Rachael // Sep 29, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    I just posted a message and forget to include my email address. Lol. Its rainbowgrlzz@yahoo.com

  • 22 Paul // Oct 24, 2010 at 11:16 am

    I have an original working 1950 Vendo 23 Deluxe A23A5 that im interested in selling. This machine was made by Vendo before they started using the Star Handel at the coin slot. This should make it more rare. It also has the original large 6 cent logo on the front storage door. Please email me if you are interested in pictures or discussing purchase. Located in New York.

    This is a link to a similar restored machine of the same period.


  • 23 Ben // Nov 20, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Looking for coin mech and bottle tray for sale. I have tried most suggestions posted here…. any one out there who could help?

  • 24 Ben // Nov 20, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    If anyone can help or has a machine they might want to part out or sell let me know!



  • 25 Jose // Dec 8, 2010 at 8:37 am

    I have a Vendo 23 for sale, if anyone is interested. Everything works. Make offer.


  • 26 harold mcclung // Feb 26, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    i have purchased a 6 cent vintage coke machine that i am restoring to new and would like to know the value.

  • 27 Chris // Apr 6, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Can anyone tell me how to determine what year my A-23 E Vendo coke machine is?

  • 28 Eric // May 6, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Year Coca Cola Vendo 23 Serial Numbers

    1949 1001 thru 4650

    1950 4651 thru 9701

    1951 9702 thru 10713

    1952 10714 thru 13497

    1953 13498 thru 16764

    1954 16765 thru 22431

    1955 22432 thru 31558

    1956 31559 thru 35950

    1957 35951 thru 37853

    1958 37854 thru 39941

    1959 39942 thru Discontinued

  • 29 Mike // May 16, 2011 at 12:43 am


    Thanks for posting the serial numbers and dates for the Vendo 23. Where did you find this information? I would like to lookup serial numbers for other Vendo machines (or other companies, for that matter). Thanks.

  • 30 Gary // Jul 29, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Very clean and nice 1955 23E for sale. All original. Runs great. A few slight (small) dings. Set for 10 cent. Just came out of storage. E-Mail with questions. Photos available

  • 31 brad cross // Aug 19, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Can anyone tell me how to get the top off on the V-23 E from the hinges? I don’t know if it will come off without pulling the hinges off from the bottom portion of the machine.

  • 32 Curtis // Aug 20, 2011 at 8:05 am

    I have a vintage, all original Vendo “deluxe” spin top Coca Cola machine (model # A23E). I plugged it in today and the machine works great. Immediately began cooling down and hummed quietly along. This unit is listed on Craigslist. If you are interested, check it out.

  • 33 Howard // Sep 26, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    I need a coin changer for a v-23a if anyone has one for sell please let me know.

  • 34 brad cross // Nov 8, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    I am restoring my first Machine, Does anyone have the Bottle Drum (Honeycomb) for the vendo 23-A Delux. I will pay your price within reason. Thank you,

    Brad Cross
    Rialto, CA 92377

  • 35 C-money // Nov 10, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    I’m looking for coke cylinders that sit inside the drum for my Vendo-23 Deluxe! I also need the piece that holds the top open for you. I also need the knob for the little door! If anyone knows where you can buy these items I would greatly appreciate it!

  • 36 michael // Jan 19, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    i have a vendo a23e that im looking to sell all parts are there some surface rest on top serial number is A51230999

  • 37 Kevin // Feb 5, 2012 at 12:05 am

    Michael- Are you still interested in selling parts?

  • 38 Kevin // Mar 6, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Is anyone selling a complete Vendo 23? Completely restored would be preferable.

  • 39 Beth // May 30, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Just bought vendo 23. Not sure how to set top when I fill it. Is there a way to turn the top to the start position? That is marked but Im do not have the directions on how to turn it. Thank you so much.

  • 40 Bill // Jun 2, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Replacing the lock on my V-23. Has anyone tried to replace the lock on their V-23? Hard to get to. It’s a deluxe model serial 1337. Will be selling after the lock and coin box are replaced.

  • 41 Jim // Jun 23, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Have some v 23 parts no drum

  • 42 Frank // Jul 28, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Have a Vendo 23 deluxe model A23A5. Looking for parts and looking to have it restored as well. email me at wfrankgreen@me.com

  • 43 Laci // Jul 31, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    I have had a few people contact me about the v 23 I had, it has sold. I cant figure out how to delete my previous post, I apologize.

  • 44 antonio // Sep 15, 2012 at 3:28 am

    I have some parts for a vendo 23 spintop some coinmechs an other misc. items corrales822@gmail.com

  • 45 Susan // Sep 30, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Hi. I have a Vendo Coke machine I would like to sell. It’s a V23. I just plug it in and its humming pretty good. Has some surface rust on the top, the swing lid underneath needs some metal. I have a Coke crate. I have the nob for the change. It takes 5 cents. No keys though the cylinders and drum are there. Just needs the hinge on the swing lid, the handle, and a hinge on the back fixed looking to sell it. Email susanprutsman@msn.com for pictures. Thank-you, Susan

  • 46 Andrea // Oct 11, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    I have a Vendo 23 completely restored…It’s been in storage, I decided to sell it. However, when I just checked it out, apparently a mouse has been living/nesting in it…is there anyway to get underneath the bottle holders to clean it? Can you actually pull the drum out? So frustrating..thanks. asfarrell1203@gmail.com

  • 47 Brian // Oct 28, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Looking for a drum and coin mechanism for a Vendo 23 spintop.

  • 48 Ninon Kafka // Dec 11, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    I have a 1950 Vendo 23 deluxe for sale in the San Francisco Bay Area. Includes the coin op mechanism. Needs restoration. 2ninonkafka@sbcglobal.net

  • 49 Stephen // Jan 6, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    I have a vendo 23 machine for sale in good working condition. It has been in my grandfather’s Buick dealership since new. Please email bb12103@aol.com or call 15857291952.

  • 50 Stan Goodwine // Jan 9, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    I have a vendo 23, Model A23B5, Serial Number A 5398. I would like to restore. Would like silver, white, and red paint spec’s, and decal speci’s. Does anybody have service manuals and parts lists. please e-mail: sgoodwi1@rochester.rr.com

  • 51 Patrick // Mar 19, 2013 at 8:31 am

    I have a Vendo 23 Deluxe and I need the coin mechanism and the coin faceplate on top.

  • 52 Patrick // Mar 19, 2013 at 8:32 am

    Sorry , I didn’t include contact info. I can be reached at 979-997-0538 or email me at justsaypmoe@aol.com. Thanks.

  • 53 Chad Efton // Mar 23, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Trying to figure out year of our Vendo 23. Serial number 90740138

  • 54 Charlene Heard // May 7, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    I have an original Vendo 23 for sale. I can be reached at 203-577-7975 for additional info. Connecticut

  • 55 Randy Stuart // May 12, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    I have an A23B 5 K that I would like to sell. It has been in storage for about 15 years and was working at the time. It takes 10 cents. I do not have the key. Pictures available.


  • 56 Bob // Oct 7, 2013 at 12:41 am

    I need a coin mechanism for my Vendo 23. Does anyone have one to sell? Contact me at fisherman97521@yahoo.com

  • 57 Fernando // Dec 9, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Anyone has an unrestored but complete vendo v23 for sale? Deluxe or standard either way is fine, please contact me.

  • 58 Brent Rotton // Jan 14, 2014 at 11:29 am

    I have an unrestored A 23 E that I would be willing to sell. If interested, i can send pics. I also have two other machines, model numbers: C 51 D & CM51 V

  • 59 Tim // Apr 27, 2014 at 4:46 am

    I just bought a Vendo 23. The water keeps running out the bottom. Drum isn’t rusted. What am I doing wrong here ?

  • 60 Todd // Mar 17, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    Need somebody in the Southeast who restores vendo spin tops.mine is complete and runs. Would like it restored.


  • 61 Bill // Aug 14, 2017 at 8:50 am

    Anyone have a compressor for a Vendo A23E? I have a complete unit minus the compressor. If not, does anyone know what I can use in its place to get it working? Would it be worth it? Thanks Bill

  • 62 Kevin Johme // May 9, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    Looking for parts for a Vendo A 23 E are they available ?

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