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Post# 434577   11/4/2020 at 19:56 by Luxkid1980 (Richmond, Virginia)        

I came across this Electrolux 1521 this past weekend and picked it up for $9.95! It was pretty dirty but I managed to clean it up so its presentable now. Only some very minor dimples in the metal in a couple spots. The motor sounds very healthy and has great suction! The original woven vinyl hose that came with it however seems to no longer have the tight seal so it leaks air a bit. The rubber internally has probably deteriorated some. The power nozzle was also equally dirty but cleaned up fairly well. There doesnít appear to be any name badging on this model, so is it a legacy or something else? I like the navy and sand coloring and think it is pretty striking together. I ordered a floor and rug combo tool so that should be here soon. I have plenty of the original Electrolux c-style bags for it. I do need to pick up some of the chrome wands for it. Attached a few pics as well.

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Post# 434580 , Reply# 1   11/4/2020 at 20:09 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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Nice job cleaning it up. It looks like a beast.

Post# 434583 , Reply# 2   11/4/2020 at 21:22 by human (Pines of Carolina)        
Nice find...

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...for less than ten bucks! That's the kind of deal it's hard to walk away from. I got a similar deal on a Diamond J a few years ago but its hose had been replaced with a generic one. I really like the color combination. I believe it's an UltraLux but the model name sticker appears to have come off (see photo linked below). It's definitely worth getting a good vinyl replacement hose if you don't already have one on hand.


Post# 434584 , Reply# 3   11/4/2020 at 21:49 by Luxkid1980 (Richmond, Virginia)        

@human. Yeah, I plan on picking up a replacement hose for this sometime soon. At first I thought this was an Ultralux too with the label missing, but did those have the upholstery tool and crevice tool clips on the handle like mine? I donít think this one had a name badge on it as there is no trace whatsoever.

Post# 434585 , Reply# 4   11/4/2020 at 22:37 by Utahprideboy (Utah)        

@human That appears to me to be a blue Marquis! The ultra lux classic had the sticker on the back and had a headlight with a blue cover on the power nozzle

Post# 434587 , Reply# 5   11/4/2020 at 23:32 by huskyvacs (Indiana)        

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That is a Electrolux Grand Marquise!

There's some more info on dating it or ID'ing the model posted by ronni, here:

Post# 434590 , Reply# 6   11/5/2020 at 07:49 by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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Stunning looking machine!

Post# 434592 , Reply# 7   11/5/2020 at 08:07 by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

find! After the Diamond J I'm not familiar with the motors;where they were made or anything else about them.

If you have patience, dimples in metal body Elux's are pretty easy to take out. You can get a cheap set of auto body tools @Harbor Freight, tape the metal surfaces of the tools and gently taptaptaptaptaptap......


Post# 434614 , Reply# 8   11/5/2020 at 18:49 by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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The sheet metal on those machines is fairly thin and flexible. While hammering the dents out with a ball peen hammer and a block of wood might work ok, you could also try massaging them out with paintless dent removal tools. Then again, you could just leave them in place as well-earned 'battle scars', which is what I do.

Post# 434624 , Reply# 9   11/5/2020 at 22:02 by Luxkid1980 (Richmond, Virginia)        

Thanks huskyvacs for identifying the machine. The grand marquis and legacy really look nearly identical, with the difference being the serial numbers!

@human.... yeah the dents are very minor so Iíll probably leave them alone. I vacuumed up some of the Oreck carpet crystals today to make it smell fresher. Theyíre my favorite brand of carpet freshener that really seems to get rid of any musty odors in older vacuums. Also the Oreck fresh air tablets for the vacuum bags.

Post# 434626 , Reply# 10   11/5/2020 at 22:09 by vacman1961 (North Babylon, New York)        

It is an Ultralux, the model right after the Grand Marquise(more of a squared hood PN) and just prior to the Ultralux Lxi.( first model with a headlight) BTW, the elbow on the power nozzle is on backwards, the release lever is always to the right and the flat spot on the collar always goes in the back.

Post# 434627 , Reply# 11   11/5/2020 at 22:11 by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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I have one as well, except my power nozzle looks different. It has the Sidekick and small tools as well, but did not come with a floor brush or extra wands for it - somebody snagged them before I bought it at Habitat!

Post# 434633 , Reply# 12   11/5/2020 at 23:09 by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

"The sheet metal on those machines is fairly thin and flexible. While hammering the dents out with a ball peen hammer and a block of wood might work ok, you could also try massaging them out with paintless dent removal tools. Then again, you could just leave them in place as well-earned 'battle scars', which is what I do."

Absolutely if that works for you. I've even shaped wood dowel rods and smoothed out the dents from the inside. Whatever gets you there. I was suggesting real auto dent removal tools, not just a ball peen hammer and a block of wood. They're cheap @HF and do wonders on soft metals.


Post# 434653 , Reply# 13   11/6/2020 at 13:41 by luxkid1980 (Richmond, Virginia)        

@vacman... Didn't the Ultralux machines have badging on the rear end? At least the ones I see online do. Perhaps not all of them? Thanks for the tip on the power nozzle elbow. I'll fix that :)

Post# 434687 , Reply# 14   11/7/2020 at 20:26 by Luxkid1980 (Richmond, Virginia)        

Based on the link that huskyvacs posted the other day, Iíve identified my vacuum as the Legacy, as the serial number prefix is an M and it ends with an L. Thanks all!

Post# 434691 , Reply# 15   11/7/2020 at 20:47 by Jo (Dallas,TX)        
Very nice

Hopefully you will enjoy the machine for many years to come. What a bargain! I almost bought a Legacy off craigslist locally for just $ had all original attachments and light use, but decided I have plenty for a long time.


Post# 434697 , Reply# 16   11/7/2020 at 22:11 by Luxkid1980 (Richmond, Virginia)        

Thanks Jo! I bought some metal wands today and was going to buy a new hose, but the local vac shop wanted $89 for an aftermarket electric hose. I like supporting local stores, but I couldnít justify paying that price when the same item could be had for less than half that price online.

Post# 434704 , Reply# 17   11/8/2020 at 08:36 by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

will wax poetic about aftermarket hoses. And they were fine going into the early 2000's....I bought a bunch of them. Since then they have all become Chinesium junk. The chroming flakes off, they don't fit Sidekicks properly, the end fittings get loose from use etc., etc. YMMV.

Aerus has the correct hoses, although they ain't cheap.


Post# 434710 , Reply# 18   11/8/2020 at 14:12 by huskyvacs (Indiana)        

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I am not sure how old it is but I have a Golden Jubilee Model L and it came with an aftermarket hose, and all it is is a hose with a rubber boot on the end and it is just press-fit into the hose outlet. It falls right out if you pull on it.

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