Posted 10 months ago
I figured....since Daddy_Nobucks just bought a vending machine, and I've seen a few more recent posts, I would post my baby on here. Don't know why I never posted it earlier....
The Vendo 44 is Vendo's smallest/skinniest machine. It only occupied 1.57 sq. ft. Measurements are: 57 and 1/2" high, 16" wide, 15 and 1/2" deep. This beauty is from the early 1950s.
I bought it around 1995. All original, unrestored condition, as far as I can tell. Still runs, still cools. Very cool to get an ice cold Coca-Cola from this machine. Takes me back. Oh wait, I never remembered this machine as a kid. But it still takes me back. I think I bought this for $1,200. Now, these are worth around $4,000.
Personally, I think an unrestored one is far more valuable than a restored machine. Too many times I cringe when I see restored machines. Basically sand-blasting all of the history and character away, repainting, replacing new parts and in most cases, adding pin-striping, Spriteboy decals and other decorative decals that never were on originals. IMO, you have a brand new, shiny red metal box with no character anymore.
There are two totally different markets for these machines: the collector market and the "game room" market. The die-hard Coca-Cola collector will choose an unrestored, original machine over a restored one. Whereas, the guy looking to buy one for his game room, doesn't care about historic significance. He just wants a shiny, brand new looking machine and doesn't mind plunking down $6,000 for one.
Which market are you?