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A BRAND NEW 1958 Kirby 518 - Garage sale find.
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Post# 197352   8/25/2012 at 17:42 (2,066 days old) by kirbyguy (Chicago North Shore Burbs.)        

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This one made my day.

What are the chances of finding a BRAND NEW never used 1958 Kirby 518 with all the attachments still packed in there original box's. Slim to none guy's. But I did.

Here's my newest addition to my Kirby collection. My pride and joy BRAND NEW Kirby 518 and its attachments.

The seller, grandma's nephew found this in his deceased grandma's storage locker and decided to put it up for sale at his garage sale. He just thought it was an old vacuum cleaner grandma bought, didn't like it or ever it. So it ended up her storage unit still all packed since 1958

I'm going to admire this ole Kirby for a while. But no doubt it will most likely end up going up for auction in the future. And it won't be cheap.

Post# 197355 , Reply# 1   8/25/2012 at 18:06 (2,066 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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What an incredible find!  Congratulations!

Post# 197370 , Reply# 2   8/25/2012 at 20:23 (2,066 days old) by fairfax88 (Orlando, FL)        

What happened too the original Grey cord with the Red ends??

Post# 197377 , Reply# 3   8/25/2012 at 21:02 (2,066 days old) by kirbylux77 (Orillia, Ontario, Canada)        

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That is an AMAZING find! Sounds like Grandma made the mistake of letting a Kirby salesman into her house, & the only way to get rid of him was to buy the up in the attic goes one unwanted vacuum!

Besides the cord, I also noticed the hose looks to be a replacement too, unless it's just my eyes....but that does appear a darker red than what was originally supplied in those years.


Post# 197379 , Reply# 4   8/25/2012 at 21:07 (2,066 days old) by kirbyloverdan (Egg Harbor Twp . NJ aka HOOVERLOVERDAN ❤️)        
how much

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will you be asking for this Kirby ?

Post# 197388 , Reply# 5   8/25/2012 at 21:49 (2,066 days old) by vacumaniac ()        

That is awesome indeed!!!!

Post# 197396 , Reply# 6   8/25/2012 at 22:08 (2,066 days old) by kirbykid (this user is not allowed to sell anything on Vacuumland)        

can you email me a week before it goes up for auction? i really want it.

Post# 197397 , Reply# 7   8/25/2012 at 22:09 (2,066 days old) by kirbykid (this user is not allowed to sell anything on Vacuumland)        

woops, email is

Post# 197399 , Reply# 8   8/25/2012 at 22:14 (2,066 days old) by normvac (COLUMBUS, OHIO)        
Ole Timer here!

Good call guys on the cord and the hose. Being a collector who remembers thoses 1950s with a very vivid eye. Saw the all Red cord and the hose. Was not going
to say anything. Now that you have pointed it out, just wanted to confirm my
thoughts too. The org. Cloth Bag is awesome !
Congratulations have ever the history works out !

Post# 197412 , Reply# 9   8/26/2012 at 00:04 (2,066 days old) by kirbyloverdan (Egg Harbor Twp . NJ aka HOOVERLOVERDAN ❤️)        
Could it be

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a factory rebuild ? I would like to see the rating plate if possible .

Post# 197490 , Reply# 10   8/26/2012 at 13:04 (2,065 days old) by Trebor ()        
The bag also looks...

like the bluish gray bag from a 560, or 561. My parents bought a 517, and it had the gray bag, with a long angle point painted on with the round logo in modern script.  I wonder if this was a refurbished repo Grandma bought, perhaps unwittingly?

Post# 197506 , Reply# 11   8/26/2012 at 14:01 (2,065 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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I have an all original 518, and it came with that exact bag in the photo above.

Post# 197533 , Reply# 12   8/26/2012 at 18:12 (2,065 days old) by Brandon_W_T (Omaha NE- Das Auto)        

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The 518 had the speckled bag as shown above, but the cord as mentioned is incorrect. Originally a solid grey cord, with red plugs.

Post# 197550 , Reply# 13   8/26/2012 at 23:02 (2,065 days old) by Vac_whisperer ()        

My god...that thing is freaking beautiful!
Gratz on the find.

Post# 198008 , Reply# 14   8/29/2012 at 12:06 (2,062 days old) by kirbyguy (Chicago North Shore Burbs.)        
Nice rebuilt Sanatronic 50 on eBay guys.

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Nice fully rebuilt 1965 Sanatronic D50 w/attch & shampooer unit listed on eBay by a seller who is an owner of a vacuum shop. eBay item # 180924004399

Worth taking a look at if your looking for a really nice referbed Kirby.

Post# 198099 , Reply# 15   8/30/2012 at 00:51 (2,062 days old) by kirbyloverdan (Egg Harbor Twp . NJ aka HOOVERLOVERDAN ❤️)        
That Santronic is

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WAY over priced it has been listed for a while now . Good luck it will not sell at that rip off price . Not in this economy any way maybe 5 years ago but those days are gone !

Post# 201065 , Reply# 16   9/17/2012 at 21:11 (2,043 days old) by kirbykid (this user is not allowed to sell anything on Vacuumland)        

will you ever sell it?

Post# 201091 , Reply# 17   9/18/2012 at 01:46 (2,043 days old) by hooverboy81 (Myrtle Place)        

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I think it's stunning! Adjusted for inflation, that is what it would have cost NEW in 1965. It's not that unreasonable.

@Kirbyloverdan, you made it clear to all earlier this summer you had no issue with finances. Why gripe about prices now? :)

Excellent restoration, though!! If I were a Kirby collector, I'd be all over it!

Post# 201100 , Reply# 18   9/18/2012 at 08:47 (2,042 days old) by kirbyloverdan (Egg Harbor Twp . NJ aka HOOVERLOVERDAN ❤️)        
How do you

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think I have unlimited funds ??? I don`t ever over pay for anything !

Post# 201103 , Reply# 19   9/18/2012 at 09:31 (2,042 days old) by kirbykid (this user is not allowed to sell anything on Vacuumland)        

if it is sold on ebay the highest i would bid is $600 so if that isnt enough for it then i dont know what else i can do

Post# 201108 , Reply# 20   9/18/2012 at 12:04 (2,042 days old) by hooverboy81 (Myrtle Place)        

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LOL!!!!!!!!!!! Too funny! Moving on, I wish I could polish aluminum like that! I've yet to master the technique.

Post# 201146 , Reply# 21   9/18/2012 at 20:59 (2,042 days old) by jodan3399 (Brownsville, PA)        


I am speechless.

It's beautiful.

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