A head-turner for the hangar

Business Jet Traveler » October 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008 - 5:00am

Your keychain fob and polo shirt show pictures of your airplane, so why not the soda machine in your family/media room or hangar? That's the thinking from Denver-based American Soda Machines, which has made a business of restoring and customizing vintage pop vending machines. While the company has units dating back to the 1940s and '50s, the '60s-era Vendo 63 reportedly makes the best "canvas" for custom artwork. Prices for these start at $2,695 plus shipping, but once you own the machine, the price of a can of soda is strictly up to you.

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“"Many years ago, our company founder, Al Conklin, sold a new twin-engine business aircraft to a very successful entrepreneur. He had established a bit of a rapport with the individual and, after the sale, asked him straight out, 'How can you justify the cost of this airplane?' His reply? 'What is the cost of a divorce?'"–David Wyndham, president, Conklin & de Decker”

-David Wyndham