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The Vendorlator 27

March 19th, 2009 · 45 Comments

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Vendorlator 27 with Bottle Bin

Bottle Storage in VMC 27

The VMC 27 is the smallest soda machine made by Vendorlator. It is only 27 inches high and dispenses 27 6.5 ounce bottles. It had space to pre-cool 10 bottles. It is one of the smallest Coca-Cola soda machines ever made. It’s called the “Tabletop” because it could be placed on a counter. There were a variety of stands made for it, including a pipe stand made by Vendorlator and an all-wood stand made by Kay Display Products.

Vendorlator 27 Coke Machine with Pipe Stand

These machines were made between 1948 and 1951. Pictured here is a VMC 27 that we restored.

VMC 27 Open Coin Door

Drum Mechanism in VMC 27

VMC 27 Open Coin Door

Case of Coca-Cola in Bin

Dimensions: 19”D x 24”W x 27”H (without stand)
Weight: 100 lbs.

Manufactured by:
The Vendorlator Manufacturing Co.
4000 Railroad Avenue
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: Coca Cola Vending Machine · Restorations by Vintage Vending Inc. · Soda Vending Machines · Uncategorized · Vendorlator

45 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Brent Torson // Mar 28, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Hello, I am trying to find a part for my Coca Cola Vendorlator model 27a. I am missing the handle that goes on the front. Do you suggest anyone?

  • 2 vintagevending // Mar 30, 2009 at 8:14 am

    We recommend you check out Fun-Tronics LLC. for soda machine restoration parts. They have a good variety of quality parts.

  • 3 mike // May 6, 2009 at 7:10 am

    how much is a vendorlator 27 with bottle storage drawer underneath worth

  • 4 vintagevending // May 6, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    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 to compare apples to apples. Prices vary greatly depending on condition. If anyone can help with a value of this item please comment.

  • 5 Doug // Sep 30, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    I’m looking to sell my Vendolator 27 with stand. Would you know of anyone interested in buying my machine. Or where I would look online to sell it?

  • 6 vintagevending // Oct 2, 2009 at 9:17 am


    Have you looked into selling it on eBay or Craig’s List?

  • 7 ed // Oct 13, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    I have a model 27, and have lost the key . Does any one know if one key fits all model 27

  • 8 Duaine // Nov 29, 2009 at 3:56 pm


    Do you still have your Vendolator 27 w/stand for sale? Let me know, I am interested

  • 9 Aaron Kirchner // Dec 28, 2009 at 3:01 am


    I have a restored Vendorlator 27, but I have been unable to find the stand anywhere. I’m sure that someone must have a stand for sale somewhere…. can you tell me where I could look for/find a stand to go with my machine?

  • 10 vintagevending // Dec 28, 2009 at 10:25 am


    http://www.fun-tronicsllc.com/store.php?crn=326&start=2. This is a link to fun-tronics. They sell the stand you are looking for, at the bottom of the page.

  • 11 Aaron Kirchner // Dec 30, 2009 at 12:23 am

    I don’t want to sound ungrateful, because I do appreciate it, but I’ve seen that site, and I was really hoping to find an authentic stand instead of a repro, especially considering they’re asking $450 for some welded, unpainted steel that really has no collectible value. Surely there must be some awesome Coca-Cola graveyard somewhere in the US where I can find the original?

  • 12 Thomas Haste // Jan 2, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    I am looking to have a Vendorlator VMC 27 Coca-Cola Coke Machine restored like the one on your site. Do you do this and what is the process??


  • 13 vintagevending // Jan 4, 2010 at 10:32 am


    Sorry, but we are no longer in the restoration business.

  • 14 Frankie // Jan 21, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    I need a stand for a vendo27.

  • 15 vintagevending // Jan 22, 2010 at 4:44 pm


    The stand you want is for sale at this wesite:

  • 16 Jeffrey // Jan 24, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    I own a Vendorlator VMC 27 Coke machine that has been in my family office since 1962. I have since sold the family business and am interested in selling the machine. I would class it in good condition. It has the bottom stand just like the machine shown in the first two photos. The machine was converted by Coke to 10 cents before my time. Contact me if interested and I can send pics and further details.

  • 17 Booker // Mar 9, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Hey I have one that is sitting in my office I am selling if anyone is interested email me for photos. it is in excellent working condition. Contact me if interested.

  • 18 Stan // Mar 27, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    I Have A Vendolator 27 That Sits On Its Original Stand. The Paint Is Slightly Faded But It Worked The Last Time I Used It About 5 Years Ago. I Have Lost The Key. I Will Sell It For $1,800.00. Thanks & Have A Great Day!

  • 19 Gary // Apr 2, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    I am looking for a restoration company in Texas to restore my 27A Coke Machine. Can anyone offer any company or indiviual names? Thanks!

  • 20 jamie anderson // Jun 1, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    I have a vendo 27 all original condition everything works great and no faded color at all. Near excellent condition. Not restored at all. Can you give me a estmated price. Thank you

  • 21 vintagevending // Jun 2, 2010 at 1:10 pm


    As we are not appraisers, we cannot give you a value for your machine. You can try ebay or Craig’s list to see if there are any posted that might help you out. Also, this is a website with a forum where you can ask for values, and see other machines that are selling.

  • 22 mike murphy // Jun 8, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    I have a vendo 27 and can’t figure out how to load it. I have seen the specs for one that say it takes 6.5 oz bottles. I called the distributor and was told the smallest they ever sold was 8oz. I loaded the machine with these and the bottles just jam up. The bottles just don’t seem to set right in the machine. I assume they all go in neck first.

  • 23 mike murphy // Jun 8, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Addition to previous post. There seems to be to much clearance between the bottle separators and inside ring. The bottles loaded higher up will fall through to the lower divider. I just aquired this machine and wonder if it has the wrong drum in it.

  • 24 vintagevending // Jun 9, 2010 at 10:17 am


    Assuming you have a Coca-Cola machine, it does vend 6.5 oz bottles. These bottles are no longer made, so that is why the distributor does not have them. I’m not sure about the drum being wrong, I’m guessing the problems are from having the wrong size bottles loaded.

  • 25 G. Robinson // Dec 11, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Interested in purchasing a Vendolator 27 stand. Please contact me if you have one available, restored or not.

    G. Robinson

  • 26 mario // Jan 25, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Where can I find a key for my 27a coke machine?

  • 27 adolph // Feb 27, 2011 at 3:37 am

    need a drum and rollers for a vmc 27 also the fan motor. Any help?

  • 28 Texsun // Mar 21, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    I need a drum and coin changer for 27A

  • 29 William Shaw // Mar 28, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Hello: Can anyone tell me if for sure the stand that the vendo 27 sat on have anything writing or any type logo on it . If so what did it say and what do they cost.


  • 30 Terry Jones // Nov 16, 2011 at 11:24 am

    I have a Venilator 27 but no stand. Color is excellent. Used it till last summer. Needs new fan now. Will sell for 800.00. Wichita, Ks. 316 765 1675.

  • 31 Don Berry // Aug 7, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    I have a friend with a nice old model 27 fully in tact, two keys, some bottles and an old yellow wooded coca-cola case along with it. Anyone know its value?

  • 32 Dick Hagman // Aug 27, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Hi I have a model 27 and the fan needs to be replaced. Does an one have the Granger replacement #
    Thanks Dick

  • 33 Jerry // Dec 1, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Hi. I have an option to buy a VMV 27 Pepsi machine from a friend. It has the stand like the one in your pics. with the door that pulls down and has a case of drinks inside. My question is, the front door is chromed and not the alum. that you see most of the time. Did Pepsi ever do this or could someone have doen that later. If so, does that effict the price? It is in great working condition. What would the value be. (He told me that someone had restored it in Calafornia about 15 years ago)

  • 34 cms8220 // Jan 28, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Does anyone know where I can get a replacement key for the VMC 27. I purchase the machine and it is all original and apprears to be in good contion but it did not have a key.

  • 35 Joel // May 22, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    I have a Vendo 27 with pull out stand for sale…worked several years ago, is a great candidate for restoration. Email me for pix and make me an offer.
    Thanx, Joel fluffy2300@gmail.com

  • 36 jeff // Jul 6, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Hi, I’m looking for a original VMC 27 pipe stand, I don’t really care what condition it’s in as long as it’s mostly complete, would pay cash or trade for VMC 27 parts of your choice as I have lots or parts plus cash ! Message me ! rooted96@msn.com

  • 37 Quinn Armstrong // Aug 4, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    I have a VMC 27 restored for sell if interested email me and will send pictures.

  • 38 jeff // Aug 30, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Looking to trade a pull out stand and cash or any other part you need for a pipe stand… the pull out stand I have is in great condition but already have a few machines with that stand so would like one on a pipe stand… let me know what you want for it or what parts you need… I have lots… email me at rooted96@msn.com

  • 39 Dan // Nov 6, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Hello all I have what looks like a 27b but it is a pepsi with white on top and blue bottom. I want it keep it original looking, but looking to get it looked at to get it working in south jersey. Any comments about the color scheme ? Or help fixing. Is the compressor and motor 1 unit ?

  • 40 Matthew // Apr 2, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    Hi, what type of red or paint code did you guys used to restore the Vendorlator 27 ?

  • 41 Matthew // Apr 3, 2015 at 7:29 am

    Hi what type of red or paint code did you guys used to restore the vendorlator 27 ?because its beautiful red.

  • 42 Matthew // Apr 5, 2015 at 7:03 am

    Hi, what type of red or paint code did you guys used to restore the Vendorlator 27? because its beautiful red.

  • 43 Greg // May 3, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    I have a Vendorlater 27 for sale.


  • 44 Will // Sep 15, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    Funtronics and soda jerk works have all the parts anyone needs the parts everyone needs are from other machines that are salvaged they did not make many reproduction parts for these machines

  • 45 Mike // Nov 11, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    I need a bowtie for a Vendo 27

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