Locked out and all keyed up

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

I man­aged to lock my­self out of my wife’s BMW Z3 re­cently and I had the devil of a job to get in, de­spite the car hav­ing a soft top. It got me think­ing about the old FS se­ries keys, which I am sure many read­ers will re­mem­ber.

My fa­ther was a policeman and there was a com­plete set of these keys at the po­lice sta­tion which were used to help folks locked out or to start and move stolen or il­le­gally parked cars.

I know, hav­ing owned sev­eral Jaguar Mk2s, S types, 420s etc., that in ad­di­tion to be­ing fast, the thieves used to love them be­cause they were so easy to steal. Like many other makes, the FS key num­ber was stamped on the lock so that it could be read us­ing opera glasses through the rear wind­screen. Then off to Hal­fords or the like where you could buy one off the dis­play board thought­fully pro­vided by just know­ing the num­ber.

Oddly enough, it can’t be done now… Tim Dixon, Stoul­ton, Worces­ter

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