About the Cavalier 96
The Cavalier 96 or CS-96 is the response from Cavalier to multiple-selection machines from the time, like the Vendo 81, although the former didn’t enjoy the same popularity. However, it was created for mediumand large locations in terms of traffic. It has a 96-bottle capacity and is a slant-shelf type of vending machine, a vending system common for its time, and that had almost no complex moving parts. The machine had a very innovative vending design which would appear again in later models like the CS-64. This machine was introduced in 1957, at the same time as the CS-72, and they’re almost exactly the same. Both of these vending machines were part of the last round-top models ever to be made before the industry adopted square-top designs.
- The Cavalier CS-96 was a larger machine that was able to vend 96 6 ½ bottles. It was also possible to vend bottle sizes of up to 12oz. And it had the capacity to pre-cool 17 bottles.
- The CS-96 came in the classic two-paint scheme used by most Coca-Cola machines after 1956, which made it look “fresher” according to the brand’s marketing strategy. For the cabinet, the top 12” of the machine were painted white, also with the words “Have a Coke” in red, while the rest was red down to the vents on both sides. Also, the door of the machine was painted white and had a chromed coin entry bezel.
- The CS-96 has a glass door and was one of the first models to have one, which made it very desirable. You can see the twelve different selections through the glass door. Another thing that increases its value is that it had a small light-up sign that would light up once you deposit your coin, and before grabbing your bottle.
- At the top of the door, it had “Drink Coca-Cola” embossed in red letters.
- This particular machine had several iterations, all of which had either a Blissfield or Tecumseh cooling system.
- Even though it was popular, and even so more now, it was only produced for two years from 1957 until 1959, totaling roughly fifteen thousand units produced. The smaller version, the CS-72 was much more popular, and roughly four thousand units more were produced.
- Throughout the two years of production, several minor changes were made to the machine, for example to the lettering of the Coca-Cola logo, to the lock-bar mechanism, and others that didn’t affect the machine a lot aesthetically. These changes also affected the name of the machine, which would be known as two different versions, the CS-96 A or CS-96 B.
Cavalier 96 Specs:
- Vends: 96 bottles of 6 ½ oz, but can vend fewer bottles of bigger sizes of up to 12oz
- Pre-cools: 17 bottles
- Size: 67” tall, 25” wide, 22” deep
The CS-96 was very successful, even though it was produced for only two years. Slightly less than fourteen thousand units were sold of both the CS-96 A and B. It was later replaced by the CS-96C, a square-top model that was very similar but had a more modern appearance.