Looking for vintage espresso machines

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I am looking for vintage espresso machines to purchase and machines that have quit working to repair. I am gathering "steam" for a repair business and looking to start collecting parts and machines in any condition. Also, if there is anyone out there that has some experience in servicing espresso machines. I would like to share thoughts and opinions. Thanks...

-- Glenn Harris (harry_juda@msn.com), August 05, 2002


i have an origigal feama 61 two group offers in excess of $7000 or 7000 euro

-- romeo manfredi (romeomanfredi@hotmail.com), October 13, 2002.

I have some old machines, some that are restored.May be able to help. I am also looking for an old 1950's single group Gaggia international model. If anyone can help please.

-- sylvester long (sylvesters1@yahoo.com.au), March 24, 2003.


There are two auctions on eBay for box lots of new OEM parts for the above machines.

Just thought you may be interested.

LAPAVONI Commercial Espressos REPAIR PARTS




Dar Schleeter dba Attic Treasures and Junque

-- Dar Schleeter (dschleeter@aol.com), June 13, 2003.

I am looking to purchase a replacement for a missing top on a Lavazza Espresso Point Model M11121 (new or used). Any ideas are welcome.

-- Patrick Culleiton (pculleiton@cheevergroup.com), July 30, 2003.

Hello ,

I have a large collection of vintage coffee/espresso machines from the 1920s to the 1950s and am looking to swap some examples for models that I do not have. I am interested in Gaggia ,Faema and La Pavoni in particular. I look forward to talking to anyone interested in machines.


-- Damian J Cessario (nettuno@iprimus.com.au), September 27, 2003.

I have several machines which some are saleable - mostly unrestored Gaggias and Faemas. Craig O'dwyer London GB

-- D Craig O'Dwyer (craig@scooterworks-uk.com), February 29, 2004.

A book… “to be savoured” as a coffee

The history of Italian espresso machines told, for the first time, in the book entitled “Espresso made in Italy 1901 – 1962” (EM edizioni) – With more than 200 images, enriched with technical plans, the book covers the history of espresso machines from the early twentieth century to the Sixties, including all major technological innovations and the most important designers’ brands

1901: the "Bezzera" brand is founded and registered, the first espresso machine is born. Fifty years later, in 1962, the age of craftsman’s coffee machine comes to an end. The industrial mass production begins. In the course of a half century, and beyond, it is possible to travel along one of the most enchanting histories of the “Belpaese” - the espresso machine history, now considered as one of the pillars and most representative forms of the "Italian way of life". The description of the espresso machine evolution, in technological terms, but also with respect to the design, is the main intention of the book entitled "Espresso made in Italy, 1901-1962" (EM edizioni, 144 pages, 209 pictures, 21x28 format, bilingual edition in Italian and English, €50,00, including shipping costs), the first publication in the world concerning the charming sector and habits of coffee consumer. Designer and author of this publication, made possible thanks to the collaboration of architect and designer Giuseppe Fabbris, is Mr. Enrico Maltoni, an Italian collector of espresso machines. By travelling throughout its country, Mr. Maltoni could find out the most beautiful and ever-produced coffee machines in old house cellars and at second-hand dealers’ shops. Thanks to his sure and skilled work of restoring, he has brought these machines to life again and could therefore realize one of the most unique collections. Once this precious collection was created (and then exhibited in numerous antique and modern design fairs in Italy and abroad), the idea of collecting for the first time information and material about espresso machine history has been almost spontaneous and immediate. By reviewing more than 200 beautiful images, commented by designs and technical plans, from "Espresso made in Italy 1901 - 1962 ", the most careful readers will be able to recognize some of the most charming coffee machines, which in the past had furnished and embellished most Italian bars, with their marvellous chromium-plated bodies, their decorations and motifs. Besides representing the starting point of the mechanical and technological evolution (from the early machines with steam- mechanism to the piston-mechanism functioning, up to the electric ones), some of these Italian design “ladies” in steel carry the prestigious names of famous Italian designers (e.g. Giò Ponti, Bruno Munari, Enzo Mari and Achille Castiglioni), who created true works of art, which could be collocated and adapted both in a café or in a furnishing museum. In addition to the technical and design material, the book includes old advertising stuff from the most important Italian espresso machine brands, by giving the reader the opportunity and the sensation of travelling in the past. If collectors, antiquarians and enthusiasts can certainly enjoy the reading of "Espresso made in Italy 1901 - 1962", its reading will also be appreciated by common readers, who will be fascinated by the suggestive names and forms of the machines, such as the liberty- style model "Victoria Arduino" of 1910, the "Gaggia" classic model of 1948, the first lever functioning machine, "La Pavoni" designed by Gio Ponti (one of the first machines with horizontal boiler, of which only two examples still remain in the world), Cimbali “Gran Luce model" of 1958 (with an American juke-box design), and finally, but not less important, Faema “Marte" model of 1952, recalling the lines of the American Cadillac and Buick cars of that time. A wide and rich archive of product forms and creations, a book to be enjoyed at every page and, possibly, at every sip of a perfect Italian espresso coffee.

CLICk on tumbnails to see the pages of the book

© Enrico Maltoni's Collection - All rights reserved


-- Enrico Maltoni (info@espressomadeinitaly.com), June 04, 2004.

I have a vintage Faema E-91 3 group I would like to sell and will let it go cheap if you take care of picking it up in CA. Please contact me and make an offer. (New this machine is over $7,000) JoAnne

-- JoAnne Dexter (jdexter700@yahoo.com), August 30, 2004.

I just purchased my first real vintage espresso machine. A 1960's single pump Faema President. I'd really like to communicate with others who share the same passion.

-- Mark Ulves (mdesignplex@aol.com), November 27, 2004.

“Espresso Made in Italy 1901-1962” second edition: A 60-year history of espresso coffee machines

Details: Format 21X28 Pages 160 200 images

Cost for 1 copy: Eur. 40.00 for Italy (cost includes VAT and shipping cost) Eur. 50.00 for Europe (cost includes VAT and shipping cost)

“Espresso Made in Italy” is now back to bookshops in a new enriched edition. The book is the first and only publication – edited by Enrico Maltoni – describing the evolution of espresso coffee machines in Italy since the early Twentieth century, up to present days. Over 200 images, technical material and new pages, including the first advertisement from Gaggia trademark.

Espresso coffee, certainly the most popular example of the ”Italian way of life” in the world. The re-discovery of the fascinating evolution of this typically Italian habit, since the beginning of the Twentieth century, and during the roaring years of the “Bel Paese” and of its society. A story starting from an original perspective – that of espresso coffee machines and of their evolution -, going through the pages of "Espresso made in Italy 1901 - 1962" (Enrico Maltoni’s Collection, 160 pages, 21x28 size; World Edition: Eur. 50.00). After the success of the first edition, distributed into thousands of copies all over the world, the book edited by Italian collector Enrico Maltoni (in collaboration with architect-designer, Giuseppe Fabris) is now available in an enriched and more detailed version (16 new pages). The text is the only publication in the world describing the most important sixty years of espresso coffee, through the analysis of the technical and even the stylistic development of coffee bar machines. Enrico Maltoni’s book goes back in time to the historical date of November 1901, which marks the birth in Milan of the first patented "Bezzera" model, the first Italian espresso machine. From this fundamental moment onwards, going through the pages of "Espresso made in Italy 1901 - 1962 ", the reader can follow the development of coffee bar machines, step by step, from the early examples – true brass and copper sculptures enriched with Art Nuveau and Art Decò fashion decorations – to the coffee machines which have marked in the Fifties the “union” between design and industrial production. These high-value pieces of art are all marked by the big names of Italian design - Giò Ponti, Bruno Munari, Enzo Mari, Achille Castiglioni and Marco Zanuso. Even if you don’t particularly like coffee and its fascinating industry, you can’t resist the charm of the coffee machines depicted – from the Art Nuveau "Victoria Arduino" model of 1910 to the classic-style "Gaggia" of 1948 (the first lever machine), including the coffee machine produced by "La Pavoni" trademark and designed by Gio Ponti (one of the first horizontally- positioned boiler espresso machines, of which a few examples still remain in the world), the Cimbali “Gran Luce” model of 1958 (inspired by American juke-box design), and, finally, the Faema “Marte" model of 1952, which draws inspiration from the American Cadillac and Buick cars of those years. In addition to the marvellous images and photos of different coffee machines (the new edition includes over 200 photos), mostly property of Mr. Maltoni’s long-established private collection (which can be fully explored by visiting the curious Coffee Machines Museum in Bertinoro, northern Italy), the reader can appreciate vintage patents and wonderful coffee ads from the old days. In this second edition, you can’t miss out its unique material, never published before – such as the first Gaggia advertisement on how to prepare the coffee cream, dating back to the Forties, and a curious page from “La Domenica del Corriere”, the Italian newspaper of the Fifties, where the explosion of coffee machine in a bar is reported together with the customers’ scare and shock. Once you have finished to glance through this elegant book, in addition to the pleasure of reading, why don’t you enjoy yourself by identifying the book marvellous espresso machines by visiting the Italian most fashionable cafés or those of your countries? These fascinating places often show off their elegant old “ladies” in a perfectly restored condition – as in the roaring years, they still brew thousands of coffees and say “good morning” to all Italians, every day. The book is available in bookshops or can be purchased on line, visiting the website: www.espressomadeinitaly.com

For informations info@espressomadeinitaly.com

-- Enrico Maltoni (info@espressomadeinitaly.com), December 25, 2004.

Hi, I have a very extensive collection of 40's and 50's lever machines, in particular gaggia and faema. I can email photos. Most machines are of the esportazione, international and spagna models.

Regards Daniel

-- Daniel Di Paolo (alitalia@mira.net), February 16, 2005.

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