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A Few Notable Keys

The 1934 Chevrolet and Buick keys at right have a small T at the top which contains the key code. It was the intent of the manufacturer that this T be broken off by the consumer and retained for further use as necessary. Apparently this information did not trickle down to the owner of the Buick, as the wear on the key indicates many years of use with that pesky T remaining un-broken.

GM for 1935 to 1965

The three GM keys all have the same keyway, the Briggs & Stratton groove 15. The primary difference between the first two keys is the length of the grooves. In 1949 GM introduced the pushbutton handle with the key entering the pushbutton. This required the lengthening of the grooves. The large head key for the Cadillac 60 had been a mystery to us for some time. It had been described in the Reed Code Book as being used for the 1940 Buick. This may be, but we have determined its first use was for the 1938 Cadillac 60.

GM Double-Sided Key
The GM double-sided key in the second row is a mystery. It was seen on e-bay in 2009 with a GM locking gas cap. The key head has the appearance of an OEM secondary key of the 1935 - 1965 era. We have never seen any reference to a GM double-sided key for that time period. It is possible that this is a fantasy key. The gas cap with key sold for over $200.

Hurd Flying Wing Keys
The Hurd Flying Wing keys for Ford are not very common. These types of keys with the Ford logo seem even rarer. Pictures appear in the Key Blanks section of H Hoffman catalog 49A

Briggs & Stratton Air Metal Keys
Briggs & Stratton introduced their aluminum key blanks as Air Metal. They were available in the three colors shown as well as the natural silver color.

Briggs & Stratton Chrome Keys
Let us be very honest here. We do not really know if these keys are chrome, however they are very unusual. They are heavily plated, so much so that much of the detail in the key head is lost. Additionally, rather than just the numeric groove indicator usually associated with Briggs & Stratton replacement keys, the numbers are prefixed with "NO"as in NO 1, NO 3 and NO 5.

Yale Omega Key
The Yale Omega lock was introduced in 1933 for Chrysler products. The keyway was the same for Chrysler, Dodge, De Soto, and Plymouth, but the keys were not originally interchangable, as each style had the shoulder placed differently. Similar keys were used in 1934, butwere not interchangeable with the 1933 keys.


OEM Keys for Antique Cars - Page 3

Original Equipment Non-Logo Keys

33-34 pierce-arrow
Yale MC-4172
1933 - 1934 Pierce Arrow
1934 chevrolet
Briggs & Stratton 4268
1934 Chevrolet
1934 buick
Briggs & Stratton 5505
1934 Buick
1934 nash
Briggs & Stratton N-1001
1934 Nash
1934 chevrolet
Briggs & Stratton P-426
1934 Chevrolet
1935 gm
Briggs & Stratton 9229
1935 - 1948 GM vehicles
post 1948 gm
Briggs & Stratton 9316
1949 - 1965 GM vehicles
1938 cadillac 60
Briggs & Stratton 9163
1938 Cadillac 60
gm double
GM double-sided key
1935 - 1965 era
hurd keys for ford
Hurd winged Ford keys
1938 austin american
Douglas Mfg DM-279
1938 Austin American
basco aluminum key blanks
Briggs & Stratton "Air Metal" (aluminum) key blanks
from the late 1930s
basco samples
Briggs & Stratton chromed (?) key blanks
Salesman's samples ?
ford turtle deck keys
Model T Ford
turtle deck keys
dodge deck keys
Various Dodge Brothers rear deck keys
essex
Russwin E-46
Essex
yale omega
Yale Omega key blank
1933-34 Chrysler products
 
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