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VMC 81 Production Line

May 3rd, 2010 · 11 Comments

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These are vintage photos of VMC 81 soda vending machines on an assembly line. The VMC 81 was manufactured by the Vendorlator Manufacturing Company from 1955 to 1958. Whereas Vendo made the 81 exclusively for Coca-Cola, Vendorlator made the 81 for a variety of soda makers. Some of these brands included 7Up, Dr Pepper, Royal Crown and Pepsi. These photos give you some idea of the wide variety of soda companies that the VMC 81 was made to vend.

7Up and Pepsi VMC 81 Vendors

Vendorlator Assembly Line

These machines look like they’re ready for final inspection before leaving the factory. What a collector’s dream it would be to be able to walk down that line today and see the different brands on this display of VMC 81s!

Tags: Soda Machines · Soda Vending Machines · Vendorlator

11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Eric // Mar 13, 2011 at 12:26 am

    WOW, those are cool photos, kind of looks like there were more 7ups made then they say were made.

  • 2 Rhonda // Sep 20, 2012 at 7:21 am

    Would you know the value of an VMC A-340 model Coke Vending Machine in poor condition with no renovation. I have pictures. Any info would help. Thanks for your time. :)

  • 3 vintagevending // Sep 20, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Rhonda,
    We do not do appraisals or give value estimations of machines. To get an idea what yours is worth, it may help to scan online auction sites or talk with other collectors either in our forum or at flea markets or meets.

  • 4 Nick Melchert // Oct 15, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    I came across a VMC-149 vintage come machine today serial # 149-16937 and I was wondering what year it is from?

  • 5 vintagevending // Oct 16, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    The VMC 149 (or Vendorlator 149) was in production from the late 1940s to the late 1950s.

  • 6 Beth Stocks // Nov 3, 2012 at 6:05 am

    I have a RC VMC 81 that I got out of my Grandfathers Machine Shop, it holds great memories for me. Is it valuable & is it worth it to get it restored?

  • 7 vintagevending // Nov 6, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Beth,
    It is up to the preference of the individual collector whether or not to restore their machine. Some people prefer original finishes and others would prefer a machine looking brand new, even if that requires a restoration. Like any other collectible, it is only worth what people will be willing to pay for it. Markets for things like vintage coolers and machines vary depending on the economy and the scarcity of an object. We do not do appraisals or give value estimations of machines. To get an idea what yours is worth, it may help to scan online auction sites or talk with other collectors either in our forum or at flea markets or meets.

  • 8 Todd Wilson // Nov 24, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    I purchsed a Vendorlator VF 81 for my man-cave and it cools great but I dont know much about it and would love to know what year it is as the tags are still on it but hard to read other than the serial # and model # any info on year and where I might be able to get parts (to make it look nicer) and would love to get a manual on it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance for a newby to vintage soda machines.

    Todd Wilson
    toddinnv@yahoo.com

  • 9 Ron // Dec 10, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Beth, I can help you with your machine- can you send me a picture or two?

    Thanks
    Ron

  • 10 Jade // Sep 10, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    Friend has an old 7 Up soda vending machine with a built in can opener. Was wondering what year was it made? Thanks.

  • 11 vintagevending // Sep 11, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Jade,
    You can look for your friend’s machine on http://www.soda-machines.com. If possible, get the manufacturer’s name and look under that link. There are photos of the different machines, making it easier to find it.

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