header image 2

Looking for Out of This World Retro Gifts, Kitsch, Signs & Furniture. Visit Retroplanet.com

Vendo 83 Coca-Cola Vendor Vintage Photos

April 19th, 2010 · 20 Comments

All Images are the Property of and Copyrighted to Vintage Vending Inc.

Before 1960, there were more Vendo 83s made than any other model of Vendo soda machine. It was the first coin-operated, upright soda vending machine made by Vendo that they mass-produced. As with all other Vendo machines, it was manufactured exclusively for the Cola-Cola Company. The 83s with a mechanical coin mechanism were manufactured from 1946 through 1957, and those with an electrical coin mechanism were built from 1953 through 1957.

We have some great vintage photos of Vendos that we wanted to share with you. The photos vary in subject from production lines to staged publicity shots, but we thought they were interesting and that you might enjoy them. The following two photos were taken in a Vendo soda machine factory.

Building Vendo 83 Vendors

Assembly Line at Vendo Factory

And then we have the assorted “chatting around the Vendo 83” photos. These illustrate the Vendo 83 in different environments such as the workplace and a grocery store.

Coca-Cola Vendo 83 Machine at Work

Talking Around the Vendo 83

The next two photos are of models posing with a bottle of Coca-Cola and a Vendo 83. Those are followed by a man dressed as a Vendo soda machine serviceman beside and open Vendo 83. He is pointing to the loading instructions inside the door of the machine.

Woman Posing with Coca-Cola Vendo

Having a Coke From Vendo 83

Dispensing Drum of a Vendo 83

This last photo is interesting in that it shows a Vendo 83 embossed in Spanish. Rather than “Drink Coca-Cola”, it says “Tome Coca-Cola” and instead of “Ice Cold”, it says “Bien Helada”. Vendo evidently built this machine for the booming Coca-Cola market in Mexico. We hope you enjoy all of these vintage Vendo 83 photos and we will continue to post more like these in the future.

Vendo 83 in Mexico

Dimensions: 63”H x 32 1/2”W x 18”D
Vending capacity: 83
Precools: 75
Weight: 450 lbs.
Manufactured: 1946 to 1957

Manufactured by:
The Vendo Company

Tags: Antique Advertising · Coca Cola Vending Machine · The Vendo Company

20 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tod // Apr 19, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    Love ‘em keep these pictures coming… Do you have any of Cavalier or VMC?

  • 2 mark@vendingarticles.net // Apr 20, 2010 at 1:56 am

    These are some really great photos of vintage coke machines. Great nostalia in these pictures that reminds you of the “olden” days!


  • 3 vintagevending // Apr 20, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    I’m sure we do, we will just keep writing blogs and showing pictures, so keep checking back.

  • 4 scott // Apr 23, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    we bought what apears to be a vendo but this machine i have holds 133 6.5 oz bottles. what year is this? is it still a vendo?

  • 5 vintagevending // Apr 27, 2010 at 10:52 am


    If you look at the manufacturer’s stamp plate, it will tell you if it’s a Vendo, and what model it is. Then you can do research to find out more about your machine.

  • 6 Tony // Jun 21, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    I have a VENDO V45TB … 4 slot of 33 cans each… cant find out any info on it..just lost it’s 12 charge and would rather replace compressor unit than recharge it..i’m guessing late 50 to early 60s and has been faithful for 50/60 years so give it a new heart ,I want to make sure I get the right one..Part # D114001 avy ideas??

  • 7 vintagevending // Jun 23, 2010 at 9:14 am


    It appears that your machine is also known as a V-63. Here is a link to a forum discussion on the V45TB.
    Also -http://soda-machines.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=571&Itemid=14” rel=”nofollow”> http://soda-machines.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=571&Itemid=14
    Lastly, you can get compressors at this link: http://www.fun-tronicsllc.com/compressor.php

  • 8 billy lee // Jun 29, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    what can you tell me about a v-83 6 cent coke machine (f83b5) it’s in very good condition.

  • 9 vintagevending // Jun 29, 2010 at 1:59 pm


    Check out our blog on the V-83 at http://www.vintagevending.com/vendo-v-83-soda-vending-machine
    Also, http://soda-machines.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=577&Itemid=14

  • 10 Eric // Dec 6, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    I recently acquired a Vendo 63 from my father-in-law and noticed I have two major problems to start with. #1. There are no keys so it remains locked up. So is there anywhere I can get replacement keys, or do I need to drill it out and replace the lock? #2. It sounds the comnpressor has kicked it. Everything turns on, but the compressor kicks on for a brief moment before quitting. Thus, it doesn’t get cold. Is that a sign it needs replaced or recharged?

  • 11 Fred Kraemer // Jun 27, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    I have a Model #o/c 4708 AA Coca Cola that I need some parts for. Im in Baltimore MD. Can you help Me out?

  • 12 Gary Croskey // Oct 20, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Do you have loading instructions for Model F83A5W?

  • 13 Andy // Mar 4, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Restoring a Vendo 83 from 1947 and the slide door in front was broke so I’m looking for another door. Anyone that can point me in the right direction I sure would appreciate it.

  • 14 Ronnie Waugh // Mar 18, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    I have a old coke machiune with the slide up door in front. Its a 83 bottle capacity and the model # is F83B5 Serial # F100898. I would like to know what its worth and if i can find a wiring diagram for it, plus i may need a few parts. Anyone that has information on this please e-mail me

  • 15 mickey frazier // Apr 10, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    I have a v83 model #f83b5 with a 1c first deposit coke machine have not scene anything else like this. Do you know of any web sites I should check out.

  • 16 vintagevending // Apr 13, 2012 at 8:38 am

    You can try http://www.soda-machines.com and http://www.colamachines.com for more information. Also, there’s an interesting discussion about the deposit boxes posted here: http://soda-machines.com/discussions/index.php?topic=7495.0
    Hope this helps!

  • 17 John Roberts // Apr 30, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    I have a 1947 coke box model f83A5W .It currently has a 10 cent label on it but because of the year I am thinking it was changed.Can anyone tell me if that is correct if not can the mechanical change unit be changed to accomadate something else.

  • 18 Mark Babin // Jun 22, 2013 at 9:33 am

    can you identify this model number.
    model #01

  • 19 Ed // Jan 15, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    I have a Coke machine Model #F83B5 Serial #F103170. Would like to know what year it was made.


  • 20 Steven // Nov 7, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    My friend has a Model # F83B5 K Coke Machine, that has a 6 cents price on it and she wants to sell it. Its in Sarasota, FL. Email me and I will respond back. My my is Steven


Leave a Comment

All Images are the Property of and Copyrighted to Vintage Vending Inc.