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Post# 119212   12/24/2010 at 22:34 (3,451 days old) by 1926700 ()        

hey all i have a wonder about vintage and Phillip were talking about all the diffrent color combos we've seen in our years of vacuum collecting...and i was wondering if any one knows exact years and how many of each machine were made.....the following are all the ones ive seen between me and Phllip...

Oreck CVR 4000, lavender blue head, metal motor,grey bag with double bag hanger

Oreck 4000, same color combo and same bag just no CVR on the lable..

Oreck XL 4000, same color combo and bag as the CVR with XL instead

Oreck XL 4000, black head, gold label, grey bag with round zipperd top.....ive seen one with both a meatal motor and one with a plastic bodied motor

Oreck XL 4000, blue body, plad blue bag with rounded zipperd top.....

Oreck XL 4300....grey bag , orange head,and plasic motor....

these are all ive seen anyone know of any more please speak up...

Post# 119214 , Reply# 1   12/25/2010 at 00:59 (3,451 days old) by Ohio_Tuec ()        

I actually worked for Oreck, and spoke with David's son, Tom (now CEO) in New Orleans a few years ago about the early years of Oreck. His father, David, took over Whirlpool's failing vacuum cleaner line in 1962. The machine David Oreck originally designed bore the Whirlpool name (I have a Whirlpool CVR-2000). These early Oreck machines were actually made FOR Oreck by a company called McDonald Electric in West Germany. This having been said, it may be difficult if not impossible to get a production roster. I did see an identical machine that bore the McDonald Electric name with a yellow base in a Dyson commercial. If you pause the video clip below at about :10, you'll see the machine. After, the CVR/XL-4000 line, Oreck had their machines made by Bissell. In 1997, Oreck purchased the former Regina plant and started manufacturing them in-house. These were the first machines with a date code on the manufacturing sticker. Hope this helps.

- Karl


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