About Classic Ignition Keys

Somebody mentioned the other day, whilst enjoying a mug of Motor House tea, that there was a lot of confusion regarding the various types or series of ignition keys.   This prompted a rummage amongst the many and various bits of paper accumulated on the garage pin board.   The following information is not vouchsafed as deadly accurate and is offered for just what you are paying for it!

 

 Profiles of some of the classic key series.

 

Austin Morris Rover

Ignition:

A four or five digit number

Prefix RO, VL, VV, VN, E, L, R or S followed by 4 digits (e.g. VN1546)

Prefix NSP followed by four or five digits (e.g. NSP7546)

Prefix BL followed by 4 digits, and possibly a suffix N (e.g. BL1546 or BL1562N)

Prefix FS followed by 2 or 3 digits (e.g. FS492)

Door Locks:

Prefix FS followed by 2 or 3 digits (e.g. FS63)

Prefix from BC to FT, FR, LF, CB, or V followed by 3 digits (e.g. BC328)

Prefix AK, TC, or TX followed by three or four digits

Prefix RO, VL, VV or VN, followed by 4 digits (e.g. VN1546, Austin Princess Only)

NP followed by a number from 1-1000 (e.g. NP0384)

Petrol Cap:

Prefix E, BC to FT, J, E, or W followed by 3 digits (e.g. J385)

Prefix AK, TC, TX, NP, NSP or K followed by 4 digits (e.g. K1836)

 

Ford Car Key

Prefix AK, TC or TX followed by four digits (e.g. TX0485)

Three digit number

Prefix A followed by 3 digits

 

Hillman Car Key

Prefix RM or RL followed by three digits (e.g. RM867)

Prefix FS followed by two or three digits (e.g. FS14)

Prefix VV, VL, VN, or RO followed by four digits (e.g. VL1546)

 

Humber Car Key

Prefix RM or RL followed by three digits (e.g. RM867)

Prefix FS followed by two or three digits (e.g. FS14)

 

MG Car Key

TC + early TD cars used MRN

Later T-series cars used FA, FP

MGA cars used FP

Early MGB, MGB-GT, Midget used FP

Mid range MGB, MGB-GT, Midget used FS

MGB 77-80 used RV

MGB doors and boot – very early cars FP but most FS

Cars with steering locks 69-72 used MG

Cars with steering locks 73-77 used AA, X51, X29, NE24

 

Morgan Car Key

There appears to be an MW series which may be specific to Morgan

 

Riley Car Key

A four digit number

Prefix FS followed by two or three digits (e.g. FS12)

Prefix BC, FT, LF, CB or FP followed by three digits (e.g. FT123)

Prefix RO, BL, VL, VV or VN followed by four digits (e.g. RO1534)

 

Singer Car Key

Prefix RM or RL followed by three digits (e.g. RM867)

Prefix FS followed by two or three digits (e.g. FS14)

Prefix VV, VL, VN, SL or RO followed by four digits (e.g. VL1546)

Prefix J followed by three digits

 

Sunbeam Car Key

Prefix RM or RL followed by three digits (e.g. RM867)

Prefix FS followed by two or three digits (e.g. FS14)

Prefix VV, VL, VN, SL or RO followed by four digits (e.g. VL1546)

Prefix J followed by three digits

 

Triumph Car Key

A four digit number

Prefix FS followed by two or three digits

Prefix BC to FT, LF, FA and CB followed by three digits

Prefix NG, FP, NH, FR, FZ or WR followed by four digits

 

Vauxhall and Opel Car Keys

A four digit number

Prefix A, B, C, E, F, G, H, J, or T followed by three digits (e.g. E493)

Prefix D, G, H, J, N, R, S, AB, BA, BB, EE, FF, WH, or WY followed by four digits (e.g. WH2458)

 

3 thoughts on “About Classic Ignition Keys

  1. I’m currently trying to find a key for my 1950 2/12 Riley drophead (FA541) This post is helpful as I see that some MGs had the FA prefix so I have another avenue to pursue.
    Thanks
    Roger

  2. I have an FS541 which you are welcome to borrow to get copied. Perhaps you ought to check if your local key cutters have FS blanks first though.

    Mike

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