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Post# 4732   11/27/2006 at 15:07 (4,222 days old) by tommymilan (milano)        

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Hello friends, I'v just come back from a trip to Budapest( hungary) and see what I found in a museum: a complete, original Electro-lux lodel VI. Nobody feature it in their electrolux histories, but this is the prove that it really exists. As you can see, its body is something between model V and model XI, dark grey leatherette cover, but the same pistol grip as model V. In the wooden box there are all the tools, including all metal hose.
I hope you enjoy these pictures that the museum's director allowed me to take!
Let me know what you think about it!

Post# 4747 , Reply# 1   11/27/2006 at 16:33 (4,222 days old) by charles~richard ()        
Lux VI

Hi Tommy,

I have seen a photo of the model VI but this is the first complete one I've seen. I do not have the VI on my Electrolux history site because the VI was never sold in the U.S.

btw there was also a Model VII, and maybe models VIII, IX and X as well! Somewhere I have a scan of a brochure from Canada that Doug Smith sent me and it shows some of these other models.

Hope you'll post more photos of the other machines in the museum!

CLICK HERE TO GO TO charles~richard's LINK

Post# 4748 , Reply# 2   11/27/2006 at 16:35 (4,222 days old) by charles~richard ()        

Is that not a SANTO just behind the Electrolux VI? Or ... dare we believe it might be a Lux Model 1 ??!

Post# 4752 , Reply# 3   11/27/2006 at 16:44 (4,222 days old) by tommymilan (milano)        

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hey look at the floor polisher in the background: it is an electrolux and the motor cover seems to be a section of model VI;-)
I don't know what it is, sure not a model I, I'd have stolen it ihihihih!

Post# 4757 , Reply# 4   11/27/2006 at 17:14 (4,222 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill (Birthplace of the Railway),England, UK.)        
Wow...Lux 1 ????

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Hi Tommy

thanks for the pics, sure is a rare vac, BUT then I looked behind, isnt the one behind even rarer???

I think also that it looks like the Lux model 1??

Was there any other appliances in the museum??


Post# 4758 , Reply# 5   11/27/2006 at 17:19 (4,222 days old) by tommymilan (milano)        

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hi mike, no it was not a lux model I; the green one behind on the left must be a siemens.
There was also a vorwerk kobold model S, like the one I own,and two more vacuum cleaners and a floor polisher that I couldn't see very well.

Post# 4760 , Reply# 6   11/27/2006 at 17:52 (4,222 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill (Birthplace of the Railway),England, UK.)        

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Thanks Tommy

The difference`s between the UK LuxV & VI was the VI had no sleighs, was slimmer in appearence and had the grey skin cover...

I agree they better have an alarm on that case...I picked up a Vorwork 115 last year, great machine to use and so easy to repair etc...

The UK model Lux`s where:
Model V = 1921
VI = 1922
X = 1926
XI = 1926
XII = 1930
Z15 / Z25 = 1933-45
Z16 = 1933
Z18 = 1934-1935
Z24 = 1934-1935
Z116/7 = 1946-1948
Z30 & 55 = 1946-1956
Z48 = 1951-56
Z60 = 1957
Z62 - 1957


Post# 4815 , Reply# 7   11/28/2006 at 12:55 (4,221 days old) by tommymilan (milano)        
Thank you Mike

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Hi mike, thank you But it seems that the serial numbers on the earliest luxes show themselves the year of production.The problems might come when we start with Z... z... z... but, for what concerns the models I own, I was able to track their past... so I know with some precision when they were prchased.
I'm waiting for another lux mode XI, probably made before the one I own, because It features all metal hose, wooden box, a transformer... mine works fine,it's very quiet and surprizingly powerful wih its 220 volts motor.
Well, nothing compared to the tremendous suction of a Dyson or a brand new Aerus...but considering that power consumpion is about 1/10th of them...

Post# 269356 , Reply# 8   2/25/2014 at 11:52 (1,575 days old) by ronni (USA)        

This is currently listed on Ebay as an Electrolux Model 13. True? There seems to be no label or stamp indicating such.

The title reads "ELECTROLUX MODEL ( 13) 1930- 37". Here is the link:

Post# 269358 , Reply# 9   2/25/2014 at 12:03 (1,575 days old) by electrolux137 (Land O Plenty USA)        


That's a Model XII-A. When the Model XXX came out, the Model XII became the lower-tier "economy" model. It was retrofitted with the XXX-style hose connector, done up in gray leatherette, and given the designation XII-A. I have one that's in better condition than the one in the photo.

Not all the XII-As I've seen have the new side logos as this one does; some of them retained the circular brass badge on the top. I think this style is probably later.

Post# 269406 , Reply# 10   2/25/2014 at 17:19 (1,575 days old) by ronni (USA)        

I was hoping you would answer, Charles Richard! So was there ever a Model XIII?

And how long did the XiiA remain in production?

Post# 269412 , Reply# 11   2/25/2014 at 18:46 (1,575 days old) by electrolux137 (Land O Plenty USA)        


To my knowledge there was never a Model XIII -- certainly not in the U.S. at any rate.

I don't know how long the XII-A was made, but I don't think it was for the entire run of the XXX (15 years). I'm going to guess that manufacturing of that model was discontinued sometime after the United States entered into World War II. (The war began in 1939 but the U.S. didn't get involved until 1941 upon the bombing of Pearl Harbor.) The manufacturing of nearly all "hard goods" in the U.S. was reduced or ceased outright when the country entered the war. And Electrolux was no exception: The factory was converted to wartime production. They made various types of electrical motors and instrumentation along with some TOP SECRET stuff!

When the LX came out in 1952, the XXX became the lower-tier model and in fact was still "unofficially" available even as late as the early 1960s. I say "unofficially" because they were no longer in production, but salesman sometimes had XXXs in their station wagons as "last-gasp sale closers" to people who didn't want to pay high-dollar for the latest model, or who preferred the older-style Electrolux on runners.

An interesting and as-yet-unsolved riddle is the Model XX or 20. It was either a special wartime model, or else was intended as a new low-tier model to the XXX. It came out some time in 1940 or 1941. Consumer Reports Magazine reviewed this model in their Oct/Nov 1941 issue. The retail price was noted as $49.50. For whatever reason it was not a very popular or long-lived model and they are very scarce nowadays.

Post# 269420 , Reply# 12   2/25/2014 at 20:59 (1,575 days old) by ronni (USA)        

Very interesting, Charles. I appreciate your vast array of Vacuumland knowledge.

Post# 269451 , Reply# 13   2/26/2014 at 02:13 (1,574 days old) by watsonw (Newport, Shropshire, UK)        

Hello Tommy,

Great pics,

How I would love a pliable all metal hose for my Lux V!

The motor 'cowling' on the VI does seem quite big I wonder if that suggests that it is a two fan motor, would it be fitted with sleeve or ball race bearings?

Perhaps Mike might know?

Tommy, Mike, Do either of you have a model X?

I was given a X, why on earth did they only fit it with one fan; just as well it was supplied with the smaller version of the V style carpet nozzle!!

Regards, Walter. (Shropshire, UK)

Post# 269489 , Reply# 14   2/26/2014 at 11:18 (1,574 days old) by dysonman1 (undisclosed)        

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To my knowledge, the Model 12A (the economy model, once the 30 came out) was discontinued late in 1939, replaced by the model 20. The model 20 had a unique motor.

Post# 269492 , Reply# 15   2/26/2014 at 11:38 (1,574 days old) by ronni (USA)        

Very interesting information and photo, Tom. Thanks for the education. Somewhere I had read that the Model E was the first Electrolux economy model, so I'm guessing that designation belongs to the 12A? Or was there one (or more) prior to that?

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