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  1. #1
    us
    Aug 2005
    Townsend, MA
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    Cool old car key w/crown found 5" down... and it's uncut!

    My friend found this in my backyard the other day... looks like a car key but I don't recognize the crown at the top. Thought it was even cooler because it hadn't been cut yet!
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  2. #2
    us
    Dec 2004
    South Florida
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    Re: Cool old car key w/crown found 5" down... and it's uncut!

    You could sell on eBay to a vintage car collector.

  3. #3
    us
    Aug 2005
    Townsend, MA
    Garrett Ace 250
    237
    9 times

    Re: Cool old car key w/crown found 5" down... and it's uncut!

    I'm sure someone out there would love an original for their restoration!

    ...just need to figure out what it's for! Can't find any 'crown' cars?

  4. #4
    us
    May 2010
    Spotsylvania VA
    46
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    Re: Cool old car key w/crown found 5" down... and it's uncut!

    Looks like a GM blank from the 70's and up

  5. #5
    us
    Nov 2010
    Pennsylvania
    Teknetics Delta 4000
    386

    Re: Cool old car key w/crown found 5" down... and it's uncut!

    its a Nash key. found this on google:
    http://www.gatreasures.com/index.php...oducts_id=1356

    his is in good condition, and gold plated, but he is selling it for $18. still cool though

  6. #6
    us
    Aug 2005
    Townsend, MA
    Garrett Ace 250
    237
    9 times

    Re: Cool old car key w/crown found 5" down... and it's uncut!

    Never thought to check Nash for a key with a crown!

    Thanks guys, this one will go in the collection!

  7. #7
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    Re: Cool old car key w/crown found 5" down... and it's uncut!

    Uncut is worth more.
    As a locksmith, I have many older key blanks for Chevy's, Ford's, etc.
    They sell very well at Classic car shows, etc. Especially when you can generate a key to work a lock that's over 50 years old!
    Definately a Nash.


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    Best,
    Scott

    PS.
    Kracer, you are right. I'm sure it will match up to one of the 6 cut square head blanks, pre VATS...something like a B46? I'd bet that it would fit certain models of Cadillacs, my first impression of the pic. Definitely for the ignition; the oval heads were for the doors and trunk....I don't have my ILCO book handy to compare bitting and would also have to see both sides to be able to tell ALL model cars this key would fit......
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  8. #8
    ca
    Apr 2011
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    Re: Cool old car key w/crown found 5" down... and it's uncut!

    Old ford keys ?....Crown Victoria or Fairlanes had crowns on keys..50's-60's

  9. #9
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    Re: Cool old car key w/crown found 5" down... and it's uncut!

    Quote Originally Posted by AU24K
    Uncut is worth more.
    As a locksmith, I have many older key blanks for Chevy's, Ford's, etc.
    They sell very well at Classic car shows, etc. Especially when you can generate a key to work a lock that's over 50 years old!
    Definately a Nash.

    Best,
    Scott

    PS.
    Kracer, you are right. I'm sure it will match up to one of the 6 cut square head blanks, pre VATS...something like a B46? I'd bet that it would fit certain models of Cadillacs, my first impression of the pic. Definitely for the ignition; the oval heads were for the doors and trunk....I don't have my ILCO book handy to compare bitting and would also have to see both sides to be able to tell ALL model cars this key would fit......
    Update:
    The actual blank is either an RA-1 or an RA-2. Also used on American Motors but not GM.

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    As you can see, the bitting is similar to a B-46.

    Best,
    Scott
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  10. #10
    us
    Aug 2005
    Townsend, MA
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    Re: Cool old car key w/crown found 5" down... and it's uncut!

    Oh cool so you can have it cut for a lot of different cars! Totally neat.

    Going in my key bucket! lol

  11. #11
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    Re: Cool old car key w/crown found 5" down... and it's uncut!

    Quote Originally Posted by aaron7
    Oh cool so you can have it cut for a lot of different cars! Totally neat.

    Going in my key bucket! lol
    Actually, it is a fairly specific blank.
    I'm wondering what you could get for it on Feebay?
    I'd bet you could get at least $10 for it cleaned up at a car show.
    It is an original "Factory" blank. The RA-1 and RA-2 are "aftermarket" blanks.
    A serious(rich) Nash Collector would probably pay a premium for it. Perhaps float it on some Nash Collector websites and see if you get any bites.

    I don't know the best way to clean it, but I'm guessing it is made of brass with a nickel plating, which may or may not still be intact.

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  12. #12
    us
    Dec 2004
    South Florida
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    Re: Cool old car key w/crown found 5" down... and it's uncut!

    Aaron if you feel this is solved, post the green check. http://forum.treasurenet.com/index.p...,259097.0.html

 

 

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