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How many vintage Canadian Electroluxes are among us?
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Post# 102422   7/3/2010 at 10:44 (3,997 days old) by midcenturymike ()        

I was wondering how many of these Canadian Luxes are floating around in Vacuumland. The machine below is one of the favorites in my collection. I was thrilled to find the matching power nozzle recently, after a 7 year hunt. I know that AeolianDave has a nice grouping of the red and beige set of Lux products, and am curious how many of these, as well as the later two-tone green models are still with us.


Post# 102428 , Reply# 1   7/3/2010 at 11:51 (3,997 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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I've seen that model before in photos and always thought it was a very stylish vacuum. Very nice!

Post# 102441 , Reply# 2   7/3/2010 at 15:39 (3,997 days old) by gmerkt (Edmonds WA)        

I don't know if you'd call it vintage, but I have a Model E-L (1623) from Canada that is a very nice machine.

Post# 102443 , Reply# 3   7/3/2010 at 16:02 (3,997 days old) by luxlife (Under a Pecan Tree)        

I always wondered why more of those never wondered into the states. They're quieter, don't tip over as easily as the Auto G, and they have an after filter. I'd love to find one.

Post# 102456 , Reply# 4   7/3/2010 at 19:06 (3,997 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

I have a Canadian 30, 54, 55 and 89. They are all wonderful machines and each is considerably powerful than the American contemporaneous machines. Especially the 89.

My 54:

Post# 102457 , Reply# 5   7/3/2010 at 19:08 (3,997 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

My 89:

Post# 102464 , Reply# 6   7/3/2010 at 19:32 (3,997 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

I can't find the photos of my 30 and 55, and the machines are packed in storage.

Here's a "wet dream" 88 that was on eBay a few years ago. I was outbid by one other person.......

Post# 102465 , Reply# 7   7/3/2010 at 19:33 (3,997 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

Post# 102466 , Reply# 8   7/3/2010 at 19:34 (3,997 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

Post# 102467 , Reply# 9   7/3/2010 at 19:51 (3,997 days old) by compactelectra (Palm Springs)        
I Remember Seeing

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That red Lux in the Van Nuys CA Electrolux branch and almost peeing in my pants. Never saw anything like it. Anyway I later found out these were Canadian. While I would love to find a red one, my dear friend Tania provided me with a beautiful green specimen. Don't know the model numbers off the top of my head, but you guys probably do.

Post# 102469 , Reply# 10   7/3/2010 at 20:17 (3,997 days old) by midcenturymike ()        

You have a lovely collection there! I've always been fond of the gray machine with those delicious red bakelite ends. I have one similar, perhaps a 57? in beige and brown with brown bakelite ends, but the rear end of the skis is propped up on a set of wheels that mount to the skis via cast aluminum brackets. This was done to incorporate a cord reel. The paint matches, and appears to be a factory addition. It was my second lux, and for $2 complete with original tools it has been an excellent, quiet machine for years. I had a green 89 as a daily driver years ago, but it was the red and beige machines that really made my navel tingle, so I decided to concentrate on those. Do you happen to have any of the matching floor polishers?


Here is my 57(not positive on model no.) I apologize for the poor quality photo; this is all that I have access to at the moment.

Post# 102475 , Reply# 11   7/3/2010 at 21:28 (3,997 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

My 54 also has a cord winder now -- I found it later and added it but don't have any photos of it at hand.

Those clever Canadians really did devise a much more practical way to access the blower on machines fitted with a cord winder. With the Canadian version, you simply pull on the top of the cord winder. The bottom is hinged and it opens right up to get to the blower. This is much easier than the American versions, especially the early ones that you had to physically remove from the machine to use the blower.

Fred, I remember the first time I saw a maroon 88. It was in that enormous "yard o' vacs" that Stan Kann and I went to see one day. (See link.)

I saw the rear end of an Electrolux tank sticking out from one of the piles of vacuums. At first, I thought it was a G that some idiot had painted maroon! But when I pulled it out of the pile and saw it was a completely different model, one that I had never seen before, I just totally plotzed on the spot!

There was the woven hose, telescoping wand [bizarre in its own right] ... and ... what the heck???? A maroon Model XXX-type rug tool!!! This was the craziest thing I'd ever seen! It was like an Electrolux from an alternate reality or something! I finally looked closely enough at it to discover that it was a Canadian model. "Whew knew??!"

CLICK HERE TO GO TO electrolux~137's LINK

Post# 102476 , Reply# 12   7/3/2010 at 21:35 (3,997 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

There will be NO navel tingling here on the forum....

Michael, you're new - so I'll let you go with just a warning this time.

Self-appointed VCCC Forum censor,


Post# 102477 , Reply# 13   7/3/2010 at 21:36 (3,997 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

BTW, I have a green 89......I love it!


Post# 102478 , Reply# 14   7/3/2010 at 21:42 (3,997 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        
A cool Canadian Electrolux ad

Somewhere, I have a color brochure on the two-tone brown and tan 58 Mike showed above. I know I scanned it, but I can't find it on my hard drive. But I did find this, which I had forgotten I had.

Post# 102480 , Reply# 15   7/3/2010 at 21:50 (3,997 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

And here are two Canadian Lux coin banks.

Post# 102481 , Reply# 16   7/3/2010 at 21:50 (3,997 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

(look in the middle-bottom of the photo)

Post# 102483 , Reply# 17   7/3/2010 at 22:15 (3,997 days old) by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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I have the green '89 with complete set of tools, power nozzle, original hose and a new vinyl hose. I use it daily. It is amazing how much suction it has with the new hose.


Post# 102485 , Reply# 18   7/3/2010 at 22:43 (3,997 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        
Hello! and welcome, fellow Canadian Ontarian.

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"There will be NO navel tingling here on the forum.... "

Since you didn't mention it I assume Naval Twingling is still all right, eh?

But I digress...

Green Electrolux 87's and 89's (1967 - 1973) seem to be fairly plentiful, the red/maroon 86's and 88's (1963 - 1967) less so and the rarest of the style are the cream & red trim models 83 & 86 (1957 - 1963).

My theory about Canadian models found in the United States (*that weren't collector imports*) is that they are Snowbird Retiree items transported with household goods to Florida and Arizona in the main. Hose couplers are not inter-compatible (entirely different sizes) between Canadian and American Electrolux's but the wand diameter and tools are.

Matching Polishers & Shampooers? Why, yes! The stylishly triangular BX-10 polisher with detachable shampoo/detergent/liquid wax solution dispenser tank came in Cranberry Red. Pete has the red Polisher-only version. I also have an all chrome BX-10 polisher that was introduced for the previous Electrolux 'breadloaf' series 50 models. The triple brush design is European.

L-R: 88 version 2, BX-10, 86 version 2, 88 version 1. Nite, the 86 did not have the 'Magic Brain' full bag detector, which pops the bag lid and shuts off the motor.

Post# 102486 , Reply# 19   7/3/2010 at 23:03 (3,997 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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With the 1967 green models 87 & 89 CanLux introduced the all new folding Model B-21 polisher Shampooer in matching green that was continued virtually unchanged (except for the motor hood slight re-design) in colors matching subsequent Electrolux vacuum models through +two decades! The AP, E, LE, System 90 and 2100 series (1967-1989). Yes, there is a blue (Jadestone) & gray one for the LE and a maroon one for the 2100. The Fudge Brown one on the right goes with the AP 280 (1978-1982).


Post# 102507 , Reply# 20   7/4/2010 at 13:17 (3,996 days old) by petek (Ontario)        

Hey Mike you'll have to get in touch to come down to our next vacuum mini meet here in Sarnia,, who knows when, they just sort of happen.
My electrolux chest looks to be the same as the one Charls posted above.. without the caster.. though I keep my green 89 in it.

Post# 102510 , Reply# 21   7/4/2010 at 13:24 (3,996 days old) by petek (Ontario)        

my 88 on Youtube


Post# 102514 , Reply# 22   7/4/2010 at 13:37 (3,996 days old) by midcenturymike ()        

Thank you for answering a question for me. I had been wondering what the difference between the red w/cream trim vs. cream w/red trim machines was. I had thought perhaps it was a price difference, but now it all makes sense.
I saw a cream w/red trim machine recently, but passed it up because they wanted $50 and it didn't have a cord reel, just the manual cord wrap bell like my Royal power team( I loath manually winding cords on those machines, especially if the rubber trim is gone; I end up cutting my knuckles)
I'd love to find an original Lux hassock for my 88. The red and and white hassock that I have currently is not labeled(can be seen in the picture of my machine at the beginning of this thread)but was in great condition and serves a purpose right now.
I'd love to join you at a semi-local mini-meet. Please keep me informed if you plan one.
Did you by chance purchase that 89 on Ebay a couple of years ago?


Post# 102516 , Reply# 23   7/4/2010 at 13:53 (3,996 days old) by midcenturymike ()        
What nice units you all have!

Of the two red/beige hoses that I've got, one is EXTREMELY leaky but cosmetically intact, the other is fraying but still quite usable. As far as Canadian Elux's on skis, I don't think I've ever encountered a hose that is still usable. Either they are terribly rigid and brittle or they hold about as much air pressure as a window screen! Having hardwood through 85% of the house, the ski machines don't see too much use anyhow.


Post# 102532 , Reply# 24   7/4/2010 at 18:01 (3,996 days old) by luxlife (Under a Pecan Tree)        
Is it still possible to pick up the after-filter for these m

I'd like to get a hold of one of these if I could make it usable to its original specs.

Post# 102598 , Reply# 25   7/5/2010 at 14:32 (3,995 days old) by collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Hey Michael:

If you want to see the whole series of Canadian Electroluxes and their dates etc take a look at my web page. I have the whole set in my collection as well as a couple dozen spares that I have been slowly rebuilding and either trading or selling.

Doug - Moose Jaw, Sk

Post# 102601 , Reply# 26   7/5/2010 at 15:50 (3,995 days old) by midcenturymike ()        
Wow Douglas! What an impressive collection!

I've been trying to find manufacturing dates for the line of Canadian Elux products for over ten years; none of the shops around here will really give me the time of day regarding old "junk" machines. Thank you for spelling it all out for me!

Did you gather those machines during your time working for Electrolux, or did you find them elsewhere?

The 50's and early -mid 60's were recession years for Windsor, which probably explains why I find more Z's here than 80's. Great work! Thank you for preserving them and posting your link.


Post# 102646 , Reply# 27   7/6/2010 at 11:07 (3,994 days old) by collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Hey Michael:

Actually I had most of those before I went to work for Electrolux. My knowledge of the machines was one of the reasons I was hired (The fact that I had the first two levels of the electricians course didnt hurt either) I think I was the first repair man that they had hired (at least here) that was actually qualified to do the repairs without being trained.

As long as you know the decade in which the old Electroluxes were made (old as in up to the E2000) you can get the exact date from the serial number. Eg: An alligator skin model ZB55 (1949-53) with a serial number beginning with 1 was made in 1951.

If you need any repair parts let me know - I have a basement full.


Post# 103790 , Reply# 28   7/20/2010 at 00:29 (3,981 days old) by kirbyotronic ()        


The 88 with the hassock is...I'm speechless.

That is number one one my dream machine list now. I'd kill for one. The Lux itself is something to admire, but that the Compacts with hassocks (fortunate to own a very nice C6 complete and original C6 in the hassock).

I just can't stop drooling over that Electrolux...


Post# 103819 , Reply# 29   7/20/2010 at 10:48 (3,980 days old) by midcenturymike ()        
I went Elux hunting the other day

at the Aerus/Electrolux dealer in Windsor, where I'd been lucky enough to score my 88 a few years back. It had come in as a trade in for a newer machine, and was stuffed in back with their junk and parts.
This time a new manager pounced on me as I walked in the door, and the repairman couldn't be bothered to even look in the back for any more machines. Sigh; the hunt continues.

In response to John/luxlife's question, the after filter for these Canadian machines is the same, square felt-like filter used in the American "E" series Luxes, which in Windsor at least, are still available.

I must say that I'd love to find a hassock myself, although I'd need to bring a clean pair of trousers to the sale if I found one! Wink, wink, nudge, nudge! ;)


Post# 103909 , Reply# 30   7/21/2010 at 13:22 (3,979 days old) by petek (Ontario)        
Look See what I found the other day

A $5 Model 83.. It's in very good condition and runs very quietly.. this is before, I've yet to even wipe it off

Post# 103923 , Reply# 31   7/21/2010 at 15:42 (3,979 days old) by electroluxxxx (Somewhere out there)        

I have an 89 with the Floor attachments, powerhead and hose with the switch in the handle

thanks again dave I love this machine

Post# 407924 , Reply# 32   4/11/2019 at 12:31 (793 days old) by dustywalker (Calgary, Alberta , Canada)        

I sold this model in 1969 and I think it is still the best vacuum that Electrolux made.
These machines are very quiet, good suction and won't tip over.
Why can't they make stuff that good any mode? I have two of them now and I am looking for an original green hose for them. I also need a green cord.
Someone had cut part of the cord off and it is about 1/2 the length it should be.
I live In Calgary Alberta

Post# 407926 , Reply# 33   4/11/2019 at 13:55 (793 days old) by compactc9guy (Bathurst NB)        

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I own a model 86 electrolux in the process of figuring why it wont turn on whit a new motor and factory switch . Ill check my wires .

Post# 407927 , Reply# 34   4/11/2019 at 14:20 (793 days old) by compactc9guy (Bathurst NB)        

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Wire it up and nothing last time im puzzle.

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Post# 407931 , Reply# 35   4/11/2019 at 16:15 (793 days old) by quebecois (Waterloo, Canada)        

I have a 89 (non running), I just sold a running 89 and one of my friend is supposed to bring me two 88s (red) , I'm anxious to see in what condition they are.

Post# 407932 , Reply# 36   4/11/2019 at 16:55 (793 days old) by compactc9guy (Bathurst NB)        

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I am confuse in my wires wont turn on hum pictures above any help

Post# 440743 , Reply# 37   4/11/2021 at 17:28 by danwalker (Calgary, Alberta ,Canada)        
Model 89 is the best

I don't have or ever had an American electrolux but I have four Canadian model 89's and I think they are the best vacuum that Electrolux made,in any year
As far as I am concerned the model 89 is the best vacuum made and it's too bad they don't make products like this any more.
I use to sell the model 89 door to door.

They are very quiet,don't tip over and the suction is very good
Dan in Calgary

Post# 440744 , Reply# 38   4/11/2021 at 17:33 by Thevacomaticiec (Bathurst Canada NB)        

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i got my Electrolux zb 89 canister for 69 on facebook market place still runs like a cahmp .

Post# 440745 , Reply# 39   4/11/2021 at 17:33 by Thevacomaticiec (Bathurst Canada NB)        

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here is my lux 89 with the rest of the line up .

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Post# 440758 , Reply# 40   4/11/2021 at 20:28 by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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I've had my '89 for about 17 years. Use it every day for cleaning in front of the litter boxes in the utility room.


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Post# 440759 , Reply# 41   4/11/2021 at 20:51 by Thevacomaticiec (Bathurst Canada NB)        

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dang your hose is in better shape than mine were did u get it ty

Post# 440778 , Reply# 42   4/12/2021 at 11:22 by quebecois (Waterloo, Canada)        

Here are some of mine, I also own a creme and red 86 that is my favorite (no picture for the moment).

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Post# 440781 , Reply# 43   4/12/2021 at 12:28 by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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The original hose came with the '89 when I bought it on Ebay. Although physically it is in great shape, it leaks like a sieve so not practical to use. I bought another original '89 hose that I found on Ebay about 15 years ago. I removed the machine end off that hose. I then bought the vinyl hose on Ebay but it had the machine end that was for a plastic body Lux. I removed that end coupling and attached the '89 coupling. Works like a charm.


Post# 440786 , Reply# 44   4/12/2021 at 14:16 by SudburyMan (Sudbury)        

Countryguy, how do you go about changing the hose ends? I thought that was not possible?

I have a vinyl hose for the plastic body which I would like to use on the older metal body.. :)

Post# 440791 , Reply# 45   4/12/2021 at 17:18 by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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It is possible with some work :-) I remember seeing a post on here that gave the details on how to do it. I'll have to look in the archives to see if I can find it. Basically the collar where the hose end goes into the connector is removed so that the hose can be separated from the connector. Then I cut the wires, connected them with the wires on the new hose end, insert the hose into the hose end and attach the connector.


Post# 440792 , Reply# 46   4/12/2021 at 17:26 by Thevacomaticiec (Bathurst Canada NB)        

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My plastic body ap200 hose does not stay on properly on the coupling for my lux 89 why it tape over any help ty.coupling a bit loose ty.

Post# 440796 , Reply# 47   4/12/2021 at 20:51 by SudburyMan (Sudbury)        

I am extremely curious now.. I have a genuine oem vinyl hose that I would sacrifice for the Golden Jubilee. :-)

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Post# 440799 , Reply# 48   4/12/2021 at 21:26 by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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I don't know how the end comes off the cloth hose (maybe it twists?) but on that vinyl hose the metal sleeve comes off (with a lot of prying) and if I remember correctly the plastic separates into 2 parts to expose the wiring.

Post# 440801 , Reply# 49   4/12/2021 at 21:47 by Thevacomaticiec (Bathurst Canada NB)        

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yes but i put my hose to gether again wires and all but the palstic wont stay together no more the plastic housing.

Post# 440802 , Reply# 50   4/12/2021 at 21:57 by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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I found the thread where there are detailed instructions and pictures. Check it out.


Post# 440803 , Reply# 51   4/12/2021 at 22:29 by Thevacomaticiec (Bathurst Canada NB)        

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Thanks il have a look my hose wont stay together the wires yes but the plastick hook up no msut of done some wrong thanks pal .

Post# 440812 , Reply# 52   4/13/2021 at 10:44 by quebecois (Waterloo, Canada)        

My favorite Canadian machine, as for the look:

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Post# 441450 , Reply# 53   5/4/2021 at 08:41 by danwalker (Calgary, Alberta ,Canada)        

I see that most of the Americans believe that the Canadian model 89 is more powerful than the American models.
I tend to agree.. I have five model 89s and two sets are complete.
I like them because they''ARE'' more powerful, quieted and don't tip over.
It is my opinion that the model 89 is the best vacuum cleaner made.
Dan in Calgary

Post# 441458 , Reply# 54   5/4/2021 at 14:20 by electrolux137 (Land O Plenty USA)        


I still have an Elux-o-matic ZB89 with three different power nozzles, a Z54 (as seen above) and a ZB30. I also have a couple of the "Junior Polishers" and later "Turb-O-Tools."

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Post# 441721 , Reply# 55   5/11/2021 at 20:46 by Collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Hey guys - Just thought this might interest you. I've added a new section to my web page for the Canadian Seat Chests Electrolux put out. There are still a few I am missing but it show the majority of them.

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Post# 442653 , Reply# 56   6/5/2021 at 21:15 by sensitive416 (Toronto, ON, Canada)        
Electrolux Seat Chests (Follow-Up)

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@ Collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk),

(or anybody else who has some of these chests)

Have you ever seen (or come across) a hunter green coloured one?
I recently picked one up off of Kijiji (please see my photos).
I'm not 100% sure, but I am 98% sure that it's Electrolux because it does have a date stamped on the inside of the top lid.

Date stamp reads: APR 10 1962

Thank you for all the valuable shared information on this site!

-Fellow "Electroluxian" Chad (Toronto, ON).

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Post# 442871 , Reply# 57   6/12/2021 at 10:10 by Collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Hey Chad:

Yes the egg shell /green one is Electrolux - its one of the ones I am missing. It was available from 1957 to 1963 along with plain eggshell (I have), Eggshell/Red (I have), Beige/Brown (also called Ginger - I have) and Grey/Wine (I am missing).


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