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The Victor Coca-Cola Kooler Grill

March 11th, 2009 · 17 Comments

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Victor Coca-Cola Kooler Grill

Today’s blog is part one of a two-part blog about the Victor Coca-Cola Kooler Grill. In part one this week, we’d like to introduce you to the one-of-a-kind Victor Kooler Grill and outline it’s history and uses.

Coca-Cola Hot Dogger

This was one of the most unique coolers ever to be made. The Victor Coca-Cola Kooler Grill was a soft drink cooler and hot dog grill all in one. It was extremely functional and eye-catching as well. They were made exclusively for the Coca-Cola Company. They were manufactured in 1954 and there were only 50 of them produced. Only 9 of them are known to be still in existence today.

Coke Kooler Grill Specifications

They were designed to serve as fully functioning snack bars. The built-in bun steamer and chili pot were standard equipment. As were the stainless steel hot dog rollers on the Roll-a-Grill. There is a cutting board, a stainless steel countertop and chrome trim throughout. The grill is set behind plexi-glass so patrons could watch the hot dogs while they sizzled. The cash register was made to match the rest of the cooler. There were optional accessories that were also available. These included a rack for empty bottles, a cup dispenser, a wastebasket and a drop-in pre-mix soft drink dispenser. It’s a very large machine, taking up more than 18 square feet of floor space. As if this weren’t enough to attract attention, atop the grill is a distinctive arch made of stainless steel tubing. Sitting atop the arch is an illuminated sign made up of a horizontal tube reading “grilled hot dogs” and a round halo sign with the Coca-Cola logo that lights up and revolves.

Coca-Cola Hot Dog Counter

This Kooler Grill was a groundbreaker in both product merchandising and food service. Next week we’ll discuss the restoration we did of one of these unique Coca-Cola coolers.

Dimensions: 90 5/8”W x 31 9/16”D x 88 5/8”H
Vending capacity: 510 bottles and 510 hot dogs
Weight: Approximately 895 lbs.

Manufactured by:
Hagerstown, Maryland

Watch the Coca-Cola Kooler Grill Video

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 · Soda Coolers · Uncategorized · Unique & Unusual

17 responses so far ↓

  • 1 dale // Mar 13, 2009 at 9:37 am

    I have a Victor Cooler Grill in original condition let me know if you want to see some pictures.

  • 2 jordan // Apr 15, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    I’d like to see some pictures. Send them to jormiller2010@gmail.com if you could Thanks!

  • 3 leanna cooper // Apr 15, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    would love to see some of the picture’s are you interested in selling?

  • 4 stephanie // Apr 18, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    im curious to how much you are asking for your coca cola cooler grill?? email me at stephanie_parks10@yahoo.com

  • 5 Eric Hertenberger // May 6, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    I’m watching an episode of American Resoration on the History Channel where they are restoring an old Coke Cooler into this very thing. What a unique Item!

  • 6 ron // Sep 23, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    how much did the coke gril sell for great work love the show later

  • 7 Dennis Moser // Jan 4, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    I have a victor cooler grill for sale . perfect condition $55,000

  • 8 Wolf // Jan 31, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    I got one from Ricks restoration. It’s not what it is made to believe on the History channel! They made me believe that it was ready to ship but, I had to wait for ever and the restoration was crude. I had the grill worked over to meet the standard that one exspects. Rick is better in the movie business. Sorry to say , but the restoration quality is not realy top notch.

  • 9 stephane // Apr 7, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    I am looking for one as well. Please send me some info if you are still selling it. Thanks!

  • 10 Mark Washam // Jul 10, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Is there a market for reproductions?

  • 11 vintagevending // Jul 11, 2012 at 9:11 am

    The original Victor Koolers have increased greatly in value, so there is a market, as long as it is very clear to the buyer that the machine is a reproduction and that fact is reflected in the price.

  • 12 Jim Beale // Aug 19, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    I would be interested in buying a reproduction for my pharmacy .

  • 13 Bob King // Jan 17, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Hi everyone. I was the guy who found #009 Kooler Grill at the Chicago show over 10 years ago. It has been restored perfectly including the vintage Connelly Roll-A-Grill. I am relocating from Florida to Montana. The Kooler Grill is looking for a new home. Call me for more info. Bob 727-642-8237

  • 14 Jessica Ybarra // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:55 am

    My husband found an original Victor Kooler Hot Dog Grill!!! It is missing a few parts it’s amazing!!

  • 15 Kent Soule // Feb 19, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Jessica, I have an original Victor Kooler Grill. I am having it restored right now. I have the top section of your grill that I may be selling. If you might be interested give me a call. It is beautiful. What is your serial number? Are you in Texas? Would like to hear the story on yours for our records. We are trying to keep track of all of the grills that exist. Thanks, Kent

  • 16 Wolf // Mar 3, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Where ist the serial # located? Thanks for letting me know!!!
    Wolf@WTIINC. Com

  • 17 Wolfgang // Mar 9, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    I have a Kooler grill too. Can anybody tell me where to find the Serial number? Thanks!!!
    914 466 6967

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