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Vendo V-83 Soda Vending Machine

January 14th, 2009 · 22 Comments

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The Vendo V-83 Coca-Cola Vending Machine

The V-83 has the distinction of being Vendo’s first coin-operated, upright soda vending machine to be mass-produced. Like all other Vendos, it was made exclusively for the Coca-Cola Company and was produced from 1946 to 1955. There were more of this model machine made among upright Vendos, than any other machine up until 1960.

The vending couldn’t have been simpler; just insert a nickel and lift the dispenser door to lift out your Coke. It is a single-selection machine that vends 83 bottles and has space to pre-cool 75. The 6.5-ounce bottles were loaded into individual compartments in a honeycomb-shaped drum. By lifting the door to remove a Coke, the drum was rotated to the next available bottle.
This Vendo 1947 V-83 brochure states that demand is so high for this machine, that they may have difficulty filling orders for them in the following year—so you had better put your order in early! Not so true anymore, as this is such a heavy machine, that it’s not all that popular with collectors. In addition, it can only hold the original 6.5-ounce bottles.

Dimensions: 63”H x 32 1/2”W x 18”D
Weight: 450 lbs.

Manufactured by:
The Vendo Company
Kansas City, Missouri

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

22 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Greg // Feb 6, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Do you know of anyone that has serial number information on the Vendo 83’s?

  • 2 vintagevending // Apr 9, 2010 at 8:23 am

    Hi Greg,

    Check out this site for serial number information.
    http://www.grandamericajukebox.com/page12.htm#V-83elec

  • 3 dave desantis // May 30, 2010 at 12:48 am

    I have a vendo V-83 in pretty good condition can you tell what it is worth.

  • 4 vintagevending // Jun 1, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Dave,

    We are not appraisers, so we can’t help you out with a value. You can try ebay or Craig’s List, or look at this link below.
    http://www.colamachines.com/forums/viewforum.php?f=7&start=0&sid=143decc1087d4045ce08126182f34b3a

  • 5 Stacy Jacobs // Jul 10, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    I have just purchased a V83 with an electric coin mechanism. It’s a 1952, but the coin mech and housing are gone, that seems to be the only piece missing, anyone know where I can find one??? I would love to fix it up for my kitchen. I know they are not very collectable (after I purchased this I figured that out) but I love it anyway.

  • 6 vintagevending // Jul 12, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Stacy,

    Have you tried this link: http://www.coinopexpress.com/products/parts/cash_handling/Comparable_Electronic_Coin_Mech_4454.html

    or this one: http://www.fun-tronicsllc.com/store.php?crn=239&rn=936&action=show_detail

  • 7 John // Sep 14, 2010 at 10:00 am

    I have been doing some research trying to figure out what a machine I have is. Its an early machine with the aluminum on the door instead stainless and it has a clear door. I have seen reference to the clear door and a handle to choose different selections but this machine has a button and electric motor to change selections. I’m trying to restore the machine but not sure where one would find parts for the door mechanism. Any info would be great. Thanks.

  • 8 H. Fred Brown // Jan 11, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    I need a drum for Vendo 83 1947 mfg date. Any help will be appreciated! Thanks

  • 9 Bob K // Jul 4, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Hi,
    Recently I put the door back into place on my Vendo 83.I reinstalled the hinges as they were removed during restoration. The hinges are in a fixed position as the holes are pre drilled, so I
    did not change anything. However, the door sags by a good 1/4″, maybe a little more on the latch side. I have tried everything I know to adjust the door up with no positive results. (I tried shimming the hinge on the jamb side on either one or two hinges, middle and bottom or both)
    Do you have any suggestions as to what changed, or why I cannot get the door back into its proper alignment? How can I fix the problem?
    Thanks

  • 10 Rick // Jul 7, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    I have a vendo 83 that works great! I want to sell it…. I could send pics if needed….

    Rick
    202-684-1404

  • 11 STEVE // Jul 7, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    I HAVE AV 83 THAT IS IN GOOD COND. AND WORKS WELL. BUT IT IS RED AND WHITE AND AS FAR AS I KNOW IT’S ORIG. WHEN DID THE RED AND WHITE BEGIN ? IS THERE ANY VALUE TO THEM?

  • 12 Randy Losey // Jul 16, 2011 at 11:15 am

    I have 2 V83 that need to be restored I am wanting to sell. 719-468-0399 and leave message.

  • 13 csl // Aug 5, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    I have a V83 machine for sale. reply thru email landis@sctelcom.net

  • 14 mike // Aug 28, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    I have a Vendo 83 machine that is Red and White. Most all picutures I have seen the machine is all red. The color I have does it help with telling the age? It also has the aluminum strips on th front instead of stainless.

  • 15 DAVID // Sep 10, 2011 at 10:23 am

    v83 RUNS GREAT FOR SALE
    GO THE CRAIGSLIST Philadelphia Antiques Coca Cola $800

  • 16 Andy // Feb 26, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Hello, Looking for a Vendo 83 slide door that you grab your cokes from. Thanks!

  • 17 zack // Apr 9, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    i have a V-83 Electric 2nd gen for sale evreything is here put togeather and running email me if intrested for sale 1,250 its a 10 cent machine
    zack_the_man11@yahoo.com

  • 18 John // May 17, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    I would like to know the number on the light bulb that goes in the door and I believe lights up the price window.

  • 19 Kindra // Oct 4, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    We have a vendo v-83, but it no longer cools. There’s a leak in the system. How can we fix it or who can I call?? I would appreciate any information you can give me! Thanks in advance!

  • 20 LEO // Nov 2, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Kindra you can call any air condition tech company.
    So they can fix that problem for you.

  • 21 Sharon // Dec 12, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    I’m having a Vendo 83 restored. All I have left to fix is the coin assembly/mechanism. Anyone know where I can find parts? I’m pushing for a Christmas present this year, so time is crucial. Thanks for any advice you can give.

  • 22 mac // Jan 24, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    Hello there, I found a Vendo 83 Coke machine and it is incomplete. Basically the guts are gone and all that remains is the shell. There is no major rust but no motor, wheel or anything else. It just needs a good paint job as far as I can tell. What would you pay for just the shell of the machine? He is asking $650, I think it’s too much. What do you think? Thanks, Mac

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