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The Kirby c2 that was on ebay.
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Post# 131212   4/7/2011 at 19:55 (4,707 days old) by kirbyvacuum (Long Island New York)        

Hi All i was wondering if any one knows the price the Kirby c2 that was on Ebay went for. Thank you Doug

Post# 131213 , Reply# 1   4/7/2011 at 20:22 (4,707 days old) by KC_Kirby (Kansas City, MO)        

I didn't see a C2 but I did recently see a C or 1C as some call it. It sold for 504.00. It kind of looked like it might have actually been an R, but there was only one picture and it wasn't very close up. I can't believe that person didn't have more pictures.

Post# 131251 , Reply# 2   4/8/2011 at 04:45 (4,707 days old) by kirbymodel2c (Nottingham, England)        

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Hi, Yep it was a model R not a model C. As it had a all metal handle,smaller fork at the bottom of the handle and you could just about see the cord coming out the bottom of the handle and going in to the main unit.


Post# 131344 , Reply# 3   4/8/2011 at 20:35 (4,706 days old) by tom519 (Long Island, New York )        
Model R on EBAY recently

I couldn't tell from the pictures, but it didn't look like the nozzle came off, I didn't see a lever for the nozzle lock. Was the Model R nozzle not removable? Or was it attached in a different way?

Post# 131416 , Reply# 4   4/8/2011 at 23:14 (4,706 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        



There were four Model Rs -- R, 2R, 3R and 4R -- coinciding with the four Model Cs. The "R" designation meant "retail" -- these models were sold in stores rather than door to door or at Kirby agencies.


The Model R nozzles all come off, just as the C models do. In fact, every Kirby back to the first Vacuette Electric has a removable nozzle and came with attachments.


The only difference with the R machines is that the middle section of the long handle was made of hollow aluminum instead of wood. The cord ran up through the handle and the on-off switch was on the handle instead of on the motor. This, of course, meant the long handle could not be removed and replaced with the portable handle since there wouldn't be any way to turn the motor on and off. The R machines did, however, come with attachments. I have instruction manuals for the  2R, 3R and 4R which all show the usual attachments except the portable handle.


Why Kirby went to the trouble, retooling and expense to outfit the retail models with a handle switch is a great mystery to me. Especially since -- guessing here -- the retail models cost less than the door-to-door home-demonstration models.


Here are some photos of my Model 2R. It is all original but in unrestored condition.


Post# 131459 , Reply# 5   4/9/2011 at 07:35 (4,705 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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It looks like the Model R did not have a safety switch.  Is that correct?

Post# 131545 , Reply# 6   4/9/2011 at 15:34 (4,705 days old) by kirbymodel2c (Nottingham, England)        

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That's correct, No safey switch. Also according to my 2R manual the R series did not come with the attachments either. But they was available as an optional extra.


Post# 131547 , Reply# 7   4/9/2011 at 15:45 (4,705 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

James, you may well be right about the attachments. It's been at least a couple of years since I looked at my "R" manuals and they're presently in storage where I can't get to them.

I also did not realize - just hadn't noticed - that the "R" machines also did not have a safety switch. That is =VERY= surprising.

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