Kirby introduced the remarkable model 508, a personal favorite from the 500 series, which brought a fresh and exciting color scheme to the lineup. Unlike its predecessors, the 508 featured a brand new color theme, departing from the traditional black/gold and red design.
The belt lifter, now made of vibrant red plastic, adorned with the Kirby logo in white. The lettering and style remained consistent with the previous model, the 505.
The rug nozzle and light housing trims underwent a transformation, now sporting dark gray rubber trim. The light housing trim still consisted of three separate pieces.
The handle grip of the 508 boasted a beautiful gray color, featuring intricate scrolls and detailed design elements. This unique grip color was exclusive to models 508 and 509 , setting it apart from its predecessors. unfortunately the material it was made of deteriorated very fast and was replaced with a rubber grip later on . The subsequent gray grip, made of plain rubber, was introduced with the 512 late in production and fully launched with the 513 in 1953.
The bag of the 508 was crafted from dark gray canvas, featuring the iconic Kirby logo in red and silver. The pattern and lettering on the bag remained consistent with the 505.
The metal clamp on top of the bag cloth cover was attached in front with a button. The later more familiar bag design still had the opening from the front but without a button.(please see pic)
Early Model 508 had a black “Sani-Em-Tor” trap door and a two tone electric cord (gray cord with black plugs)
The later Model electric cord of the 508 was dark gray, proudly displaying the Kirby logo on the plug. The ” Sani-Em-Tor” trap door was made of dark gray durable plastic.”Tear drop” style latch Emtor lock was also introduced with this Model.
The wheels of the 508 remained black, maintaining a classic and timeless look.
Attachments and accessories underwent a transformation, now made of smooth gray plastic. Additionally, the 508 introduced an additional straight long wand
The hose of the 508 was made of gray cloth, featuring muted red and silver stripes. The ends of the hose remained the same as with the 505, made of black rubber.
To enhance organization and convenience, the 508 came with its own special attachment cabinet, aptly named the “Kirby Kabinet.” This cabinet provided a dedicated space for storing all the accessories, ensuring easy access and neat storage.
One unique and exclusive attachment was the Suction coupler. It’s different to any other 500 series coupler , much bigger in size and has an additional permanent ring fixture inside.(please see pic)
The vacuum carton, accessories cabinet, and floor polisher box of the 508 were all in a striking red maroon color, featuring a textured pattern and the Kirby logo in grayish white. It is worth noting that the vacuum carton was larger in size compared to previous models.