Locked out and all keyed up
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