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If It Moves, Lock It!
It wasn't long after the automobile began its ride to popularity that aftermarket locks became available to protect the driver's valuables, including the car itself.

Hundreds of Ideas
Hundreds of ideas for locking devices began showing up at the patent office: some were good ideas, others, not so. Locks became available for wheels, spare tires, lap robes, foot pedals, gas lines, and in the case of the Model T Ford, even locks on top of locks.

The Demise of Accessory Locks
Most accessory locks became obsolete with the popularization of closed cars with their lockable doors and trunks, although a few remained for exterior use, such as for gas caps, fender skirts and even license plate frames.

Accessory Locks for Antique Cars

Spare Tire Locks - Page 5

tripp-secord duplex spare tire carrier with hurd lock
Tripp-Secord Duplex spare tire carrier with Hurd lock
hurd spare tire lock
Hurd spare tire lock
chevrolet spare tire lock
Chevrolet spare tire lock
oldsmobile spare tire lock
Oldsmobile spare tire lock
oakes spare tire lock covers
Three Oakes locking covers above incorporated, from left, a Yale pin-tumbler lock, a Yale double-sided wafer lock, and a Briggs & Stratton single-sided wafer lock.
oakes spare tire lock
Oakes spare tire lock, unknown application, ebay photo
An unsuspecting collector might easily mistake one of the Oakes locking covers above for a locking gas cap. Oakes made a large variety of spare tire locks, most of which used a locking cover such as seen here. Under the cover was a nut or bolt which had to be unscrewed to remove the tire. oakes spare tire lock
Oakes spare tire lock, unknown application
Tire 1 Tire 2 Tire 3 Tire 4 Tire 5 Nut 1 Nut 2 Padlock 1 Padlock 2 Wheel 1 Ignition 1