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What is the most amount you've spent on a vintage vac?
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Post# 147841   8/19/2011 at 15:29 (4,572 days old) by vacuumfreak (Ontario, Canada)        

Hey Vacuumlanders, just wanted to put a question out there. What is the most you've ever spent to get a vintage vac?


Post# 147843 , Reply# 1   8/19/2011 at 15:38 (4,572 days old) by vac_whisperer ()        

$30, I think.

Post# 147844 , Reply# 2   8/19/2011 at 15:48 (4,572 days old) by twocvbloke ()        

80.05, and that was for my Kirby D80...

(expensive I know, but it'd have cost more to buy and then ship one form the US, so, a bargain really!!)

Post# 147845 , Reply# 3   8/19/2011 at 16:19 (4,572 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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I think $50 for my Silverado, but it was not that old at the time, 1994.

Post# 147852 , Reply# 4   8/19/2011 at 17:15 (4,572 days old) by Kirbyotronic ()        


Post# 147858 , Reply# 5   8/19/2011 at 17:31 (4,571 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        


My Kirby D80 cost me $125, then an additional $125 to restore it.

My Vitavac which is more collectable than old, I suppose, was $200 but I traded some stuff in for it.

My hoover 800 I had long ago cost me around $120 in an ebay bidding war.

Thats about it. Ive dropped well over $100 in a haul but thats several machines at once.

Post# 147866 , Reply# 6   8/19/2011 at 17:47 (4,571 days old) by thevacuumman (Borger, TX)        

$10 for my Kirby 510

Post# 147881 , Reply# 7   8/19/2011 at 18:22 (4,571 days old) by goadie12 ()        

Well I think the most I have ever spent on a vacuum was my rexair model B it was the second rexair ever made if I am not mistaken it is small and kinda a light silver and I bought it from a vac store here in Edmonton and it was totally rebuilt with all the attachments and original box it is beautiful and I spent $200. Zach

Post# 147888 , Reply# 8   8/19/2011 at 18:26 (4,571 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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$24.95 for my Stark Deluxe 5000NA by Royal.


Post# 147896 , Reply# 9   8/19/2011 at 19:15 (4,571 days old) by mercuryman ()        
The Most I've Spent on a Vintage Vac:

Was $177.50 in an eBay bidding war. This was for my turquoise Model G with all original attachments and in near-mint condition. Fortunately, it was a vacuum shop that was auctioning it, so it has a one year motor warranty on it.

Post# 147927 , Reply# 10   8/19/2011 at 20:55 (4,571 days old) by BrianKirbyClass (Eudora Kansas)        

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Not really vintage, but the most ever spent on a vac, Back in 1989, About 600 dollars for a new Beam Central Vac, plus installation of 3 inlets, hose and attachments.

Did pay about 600 for a new Kirby G4, back in 1994,when they were brand new.
( Was way before getting a PC, having the internet, or E-Bay)

Told the dealer i would pay 600 IF the Kirby was sealed in the box, brand spanking new, directly from the factory, never opened, and that the G4 had the 80th Anniversary logo on the handle.

He assured me over and over that it was.

Had to leave town suddenly on business right after paying for it,, so,
When i went to open the box a few days later,,of course the Carpet Shampoo System brush was full of lint,there was residue of water and shampoo in the tank, and you could tell the brush roll of the carpet nozzle itself had been slightly used. And of course a slightly used bag was still in side the outer bag.
And, NOT anniversary model.

I called to complain, but was more than 72 hrs after the sale,,and the paperwork had been signed,,so they just laughed at me.

Learned a lesson that day,,NEVER again!

Post# 147935 , Reply# 11   8/19/2011 at 21:22 (4,571 days old) by twocvbloke ()        
"Learned a lesson that day,,NEVER again! "

The lesson for everyone is to never buy a Kirby from Kirby themselves...

Post# 147938 , Reply# 12   8/19/2011 at 21:37 (4,571 days old) by Kirbyotronic ()        

Oh, how TRUE those two posts are above. Been there done that...

Post# 147950 , Reply# 13   8/19/2011 at 22:23 (4,571 days old) by sfcoronet (San Francisco - Bay Area)        
It's not the vacuums....

The parts and things I buy for the vacuums I have seem to cost me more than the vacuum itself. I got my Electrolux LX for $5 then spent $40 for a nice looking original hose.
My Kirby D80 was $40 then another $40 for a correct bag.

Post# 147954 , Reply# 14   8/19/2011 at 22:31 (4,571 days old) by Real1 ()        

I have paid WAY more for the factory LUX replacement hoses than the vacuums themselves. Something really ironic/wrong there....


Post# 147957 , Reply# 15   8/19/2011 at 22:43 (4,571 days old) by guardsman69 ()        

the most i ever spent for a vac was for my sealed in the box Hoover guardsman u4313 on ebay from an awesome collector from texas in 2005 for 725.00 and is my pride and joy

Post# 147968 , Reply# 16   8/20/2011 at 00:26 (4,571 days old) by goadie12 ()        

Just commenting on that horrible Kirby story that sounds like it must of sucked but that's ridiculous that they would only offer a 48 hour return policy I know at AERUS there is a ten day money back but ya that sucks. Zach

Post# 147987 , Reply# 17   8/20/2011 at 08:26 (4,571 days old) by KirbyLover (Louisville Kentucky )        

I paid $100 for my Kirby 510 which is mostly original and in great shape, and has all attachments and the manual. :)

Tomorrow looking at a Sanitronic VII the guy wants $60 and claims it is original with attachments, but I have not seen pics so we'll see. Hope the bag is original at least or he's getting a lower offer.

I paid $150 for my G5 with attachments, which looking back was maybe a bit much considering it was in a smokers house and took a bit of work to clean up. But I bought it before I really got into "collecting" and knew what they were worth and where to find them.

Post# 148108 , Reply# 18   8/21/2011 at 13:31 (4,570 days old) by polkanut69 (Wausau, WI )        

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I refuse to buy any Kirby product for the exact bait & switch mentioned above. I've come to absolutely detest any of their products because all of the dealers here in Wausau seem to be crooks! I also find them to be very pushy and rude.

Post# 148136 , Reply# 19   8/21/2011 at 15:13 (4,570 days old) by collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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My most expensive machine was the Tuec I bought this spring. I paid $75 for it.


Post# 148262 , Reply# 20   8/22/2011 at 07:51 (4,569 days old) by clothbag (West Springfield, Ma.)        

The most I paid was $90 for a Hamilton Beach model 14 off E-Bay.

Post# 148341 , Reply# 21   8/22/2011 at 18:24 (4,568 days old) by alexb1186 (Ferguson/St. Louis, MO)        

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$220 for my vault Hoover "Kenvertible"

Post# 148342 , Reply# 22   8/22/2011 at 18:33 (4,568 days old) by xraytech ()        

For me it was $250, and there were several I spent that on like my vault JCPenney Concept, my mint Citation, my mint Penncrest Convertible, and my NIB Electrolux Olympia

Post# 148382 , Reply# 23   8/22/2011 at 23:14 (4,568 days old) by pnluxconvlvr (Georgia)        

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For my NIB Hoover Convertible. I let the blue color and bidding get the best of me.

Post# 148388 , Reply# 24   8/23/2011 at 01:13 (4,568 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        




The most I've paid for a vacuum cleaner wasn't really for the vacuum cleaner itself but the shipping cost to get it here.


About 10-12 years ago I happened to find a beautiful, near-mint Electrolux Model V (1924, their first model) on eBay. It came from the Black Forest in Germany. It was complete, with the original coiled metal hose, all the attachments, and the leatherette & wood carrying case.


Well, I was the only bidder. It was around $US50.00 and I was elated.


But the shipping ... O.M.G. ... The shipping was over $US200.00 because the seller shipped it International Airmail! He sent the machine first and then issued an invoice to me -- a verrrry trusting ebay seller!!


Even with the high shipping cost, I was thrilled to have it; it was and still is one of the 'flagships' of my collection. The seller did a fabulous job of packing it and it got here perfectly intact.


I did learn from that experience, however, to get a shipping estimate before bidding on something from outside the U.S.!

Post# 148421 , Reply# 25   8/23/2011 at 11:16 (4,568 days old) by BrianKirbyClass (Eudora Kansas)        

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WOW Charles, that is awsome. Im assuming you do still have this machine, Could you post some pics? Ive never seen the metal hose close up,,,only old advertising pics. Would love to see this whole machine and attachments.

Post# 148424 , Reply# 26   8/23/2011 at 12:02 (4,568 days old) by duked ()        

most I think I've ever spent was $40 for my rainbow model D.

Post# 148426 , Reply# 27   8/23/2011 at 12:09 (4,568 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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The most I paid for a vinatge vac was R 1000.00 ZAR or about $ 133.00 for a mint In its box with all attachments electrolux ZA55. the most I paid for a vacuum is for my new dyson dc25 but I'm a dealer so it wasn't that bad

Post# 148437 , Reply# 28   8/23/2011 at 13:19 (4,568 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        




@BrianKirbyClass -- see link.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO electrolux~137's LINK

Post# 148443 , Reply# 29   8/23/2011 at 14:18 (4,568 days old) by kirbymodel2c (Nottingham, England)        

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Well I've spent over $2000 on a few vacs like My boxed,original Scott fetzer Sanitation System.
That was quiet a few years ago now. I'm still very pleased with it.

I know I'm not the only person here who has bought a pricey vac in the past;o)


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