Weekend Special from The Roadster Factory
NEW OLD STOCK WILMOT BREEDEN/UNION KEYS
"Original Factory-Cut Keys for Older Triumphs, MG's, and Other
TRF has recently encountered a treasure trove of new old stock
keys. I consider these a treasure trove because I like to have the
right keys for my cars, and I feel sure that others feel the same way.
When I finished restoring my TR3A, I realized that I didn't even
have an original ignition key, and I was able to track one down with
my lock number from Pete Groh, a dealer in Maryland. I had used
a new old stock glove box lock, and this came with new old stock
Wilmot Breeden keys. The replacement trunk lock and handle
came with new keys marked with the name of the manufacturer,
WBH for Weston Body Hardware.
I had never possessed the original keys from my 1960 TR3A, having purchased it used in 1971,
but earlier, I had owned a TR3B, and I did have the original keys for that car. The ignition key had a
hex head, and I assume this also operated the door locks. Also, there was an oval head key that
operated both the glove box and the trunk handle. When I was looking for an original hex head key
for my ignition switch on the TR3A, I was told that the round head key had been used up till that
point, and the hex head came later. I am not completely sure of my ground on this subject, and I will
describe what we have below rather than trying to prescribe what is correct.
We have a large number of keys with "FP" numbers and a large number with "FS" numbers.
Virtually all of the "FP" keys have round heads, and all or nearly all are marked on one side with
"Wilmot Breeden" and the key number and on the other side with the name, "Union" and the words
"Made in England." I cannot tell tonight if these keys are brass under the silver plating, but I rather
think they are from some preliminary scraping on one key with my Swiss Army Knife. The "FS"
keys have a variety of heads, including some round, some hex, some oval, and some "coffin" heads.
Many are marked on both sides in a similar manner to the "FP" round heads described just above. I
plan that this article will be illustrated with photos of all of these heads and as many of the markings
How to proceed? To order these keys, you must know your lock numbers. These are mostly
found somewhere on the locks on earlier cars. Also, they are stamped on the keys themselves if you
have original keys. There is more of a problem with later cars if the original keys have been lost, as
neither the locks nor the keys were marked with numbers, an anti-theft measure, I imagine. The
ideal situation is that you will know the lock numbers you need and they will be among the keys we
now have in stock. In this case, all you will have to do is to place an order. On the subject of keys,
my son Albert has volunteered to deal with customers and to answer e-mails. You can e-mail him
directly with your questions at email@example.com. He will be able to tell you if we have the
key number you require and the shape of the head if you are particular about wanting a particular
head. Please feel free to contact Albert then, and I will list all of the key numbers currently in stock