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Hoover Portable Model History
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Post# 387874   3/12/2018 at 18:21 (196 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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I'm just wondering if someone can shed some light on the Hoover's model history and years of production. Original cost, etc. My Grandmother had one back in the 60s. I always thought it was cool because it looked like a piece of luggage. I think her model was green. Someday, I hope to acquire one myself!

Post# 387897 , Reply# 1   3/12/2018 at 22:15 (196 days old) by Paul (MN)        

I did some checking and found that the Hoover Portable was introduced in 1962 or 1963 and discontinued circa 1981. The early Deluxe model sold for $64.99, and the early Standard model was priced at $44.99 (I don't know what the differences were).

Here's a list of models & their colors w/incomplete info.:

2100 "Deluxe" Mint (1962- ?)
2110 "Standard" Gold & Seal Greige
2120 "Standard" *Horizon & *Colonial Blue
2200 "Deluxe" *Pearl White & *Canton Red; w/cord winder (1964-?)
2201 "Deluxe" Orange & Seal Greige; w/cord winder (1966-72)
2204 "Deluxe" Gold & Seal Greige w/line graphic; w/cord winder
2260 “Super” Light & Dark Seal Greige; w/cord winder, big wheels & dark tools (1969-?)
2266 “Super” Light & Dark Seal Greige; w/cord winder, big wheels, & light tools
S3013 “Deluxe” *Mint & *Holly Green; w/cord winder
S3015 “Super” *Goldtone Shades; w/cord winder & big wheels

*confirmed Hoover advertisement names


►8 ¼" high
►takes up less than a foot of floor space when stored on end
►weight with tools 24.6 pounds
►motor - 840W (1⅛ horse power); 20,000 rpms
►3-stage fan system
►Tufflex hose double vinyl construction w/nylon mesh
►Attachments: rug & floor nozzle, soft dusting brush, general purpose upholstery nozzle, crevice tool, telescoping extension wand
►triple filter system (throw-away bag, special filter ahead of motor, filter behind the motor)
►one-year guarantee

Post# 387899 , Reply# 2   3/12/2018 at 22:24 (196 days old) by Paul (MN)        

Btw, using the online inflation calculator here's what 1963 prices would be in 2017:

$44.99 → $366.32

$64.99 → $529.16

Post# 387904 , Reply# 3   3/12/2018 at 22:50 (196 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
I have several

But I want the first one, it had a step on switch pedal, I also want the PINK slimline!

Post# 387907 , Reply# 4   3/12/2018 at 23:24 (196 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        
@ Paul

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Wow! What a wealth of information! Thank you! I guess the one my Grandmother had was the earliest model...It definitely would have been mint green. It went right along with her green carpet and green tweed sofa! I don't know what happened to it, but she eventually got a green Hoover Convertible with a square-ish hood and no headlight. I guess green was her favorite color!

Post# 387924 , Reply# 5   3/13/2018 at 08:45 (195 days old) by rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        
Hoover Portable

These had the best ever idea for hose and attachment storage.As above the first green ones had different step on switch later changed to same switch as Convertible of 60s.As they changed models features such as cordwinders and large rear wheels were added along with great colors and designs on lid.The later ones were called 'Cleaning Center'Advertising items included a very nice,detailed matchbook with atts under cover as with real one.
I have SEVERAL that need to go this year.Most good and near complete.Some very good and complete.Anyone want to make my phone ring?!?
Jimmy Martin

Post# 387957 , Reply# 6   3/13/2018 at 14:16 (195 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
It is also true that the Portble

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was featured/displayed in The Louvre MUSEUM..... citing "style meets function". They were amazed that an appliance was designed as a 'suitcase'.
"Hoover, nobody did it like you".

Post# 387985 , Reply# 7   3/13/2018 at 19:54 (195 days old) by Oreck_XL (Brooklyn, New York 11211)        

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I read a story on this forum that the inspiration for the portable came when a Hoover employee got caught stealing a motor in his lunchbox.

Post# 387991 , Reply# 8   3/13/2018 at 21:39 (195 days old) by Paul (MN)        

You're welcome. Some of the credit goes to others who posted ad's and info. on this site and eBay sellers along Hesco's model list that I used as a framework. I searched each model number and compiled the information. One of the things that surprised me was that the Model 2120 seems to have been introduced in the early '60s and was still being sold in the mid-1970s.

As for your Grandma's convertible, I'm guessing it was the Model 1010 in Spring Green, Seal Greige Medium & Seal Greige Deep. Check out this link:

Post# 388429 , Reply# 9   3/18/2018 at 12:08 (190 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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I know the last Portables had the plastic hose handle with a ring lock on it like the Hoover Spirit canisters and later upright tool kits had. It also had the boxy floor/rug nozzle like the Spirits had. I don't think it ever had the plastic wand as they didn't telescope.

Post# 388938 , Reply# 10   3/24/2018 at 11:43 (184 days old) by Paul (MN)        

Found this 1963 ad on eBay:

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