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emgeec69 Gold Member Carroll Phillips
middletown, NY, USA   USA
While I was getting some NOS keys for a Healey, was wondering on my 69 MGC what did the original ignition key look like ( mine is a replacement). I believe the trunk key is the thin T section key and the door key is polybow style. Are there just the two or was there a third ignition key with a different shape. Also, anyone have their original key fob too ? bet not many of those left !

Thanks

carroll

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kirks-auto Platinum Member Robert Kirk
Davenport, IA, USA   USA
Key fob:
https://mgbhive.co.uk/product/gift-ideas/mgc-black-leather-key-fob-black-silver-mgc-key-ring/

You need to consider that there are several specifications involved in your search.



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markmga Mark Wellard
Brisbane, QLD, Australia   AUS
1959 MG MGA Twin-Cam Coupe "Basket Case"
1961 MG MGA 1600
1969 MG MGC
Robert, you have posted a link to a key fob but the question was about the keys. I'm also interested in seeing pictures of the original keys if anyone can help.

Thanks,
Mark

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Steve B Silver Member Steve Brannan
Weeki Wachee, FL, USA   USA
Mine is the original ignition key which fits the door, rear hatch and ignition.....Union, made in England.
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PFT-000 Bruce Ibbotson
Brisbane, Australia   AUS
1968 MG MGC GT "The Truck"
1968 MG MGC GT "The Truck"
Carroll,

The car came with just 2 keys both are 'T' shaped.
One for the doors and hatch plus ignition and the second one was just for the glove box, a useless arrangement as the glove box can only be opened with the key.

My glove box key still has the Connelly hide wrap attached to it. Down here you can get the 'T' shaped keys cut with a longer shank which is a lot better as the keys are further away from the paint.

I still use a locking fuel cap from my MGB which has a round top on it (now 55 years old) these keys can be cut here.

I never bothered to take a photo of the keys. They are all made by Wilmot Breeden and marked 'UNION'. Someone in the UK has the same ignition number for their MGC as my car so I expect they only ran a 999 sequence for their keys.

Car theft was never much of an issue when these cars were being designed. Today I have a master battery switch, switches in both the positive (ignition wire) and earth wire (mounted out of the cabin )of the fuel pump and also ignition circuit. My Insured requires Kill Switches.

The attached photo is the best one I have this was taken during the AC installation, the factory seats [useless with no lumbar support at all and zero side support] were replaced by MX5 NB series leather seats some years later, these were a revelation, wonderful, with no more sore backs for us. The factory seats now live in an MGC in New South Wales which had MGB seats in it.

Bruce.


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Ken Plumstead Avatar
Smithers, BC, Canada   CAN
1965 MG MGB
1968 MG MGC GT
As to the number of different keys, I have what looks like the original keys for both my '65 MGB and my '68 MGC GT and they both start each other. Go figure.

I now have lots of keys that work in either car.

Ken



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moesignguy Steve Moore
Galena, OH, USA   USA
1963 Triumph TR4 "4"
1968 Triumph Spitfire MkIII "Spit"
1969 MG MGC GT "Da C"
2005 Mini Cooper S "LARG MARG"
I too have keys that look the same as what Steve B posted. 69 MGC GT came with three of them. Fit both ignition and hatch lock. Didn't have any door locks so don't know about those.
Moe.

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JMA Silver Member John Anderson
Donvale, Victoria, Australia   AUS
I have one key that operates all the locks, but if the locks are like the rest of my car I think a screwdriver would do the same job.

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ron neal Avatar
Coastal, SC, USA   USA
1962 MG MGA MkII
1968 MG MGC
1969 MG MGC
1969 MG MGC GT    & more
I have original key numbers stamped on the keys for my 69 C. One for the ignition and doors plus one for the boot.
These numbers are confirmed by my heritage certificate from the early 80's when it cost $5.00 and was hand typed. LOL
Ron



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emgeec69 Gold Member Carroll Phillips
middletown, NY, USA   USA
Finally found a picture of original keys from a one owner MGC that I did many years ago. So Im willing to bet this is what the factory originally supplied the MGC, this was a 69 roadster NA spec.

Square (polybow) was for ignition and doors

Rectangular or T style was used for the trunk/ rear hatch

if someone can chime in with original glovebox key style for the earlier C's we should have the info ( one post looked like circular style )

so two keys as original, possibly a third for the glovebox.

All should be Wilmont -Breeden on one side and Union on the other and in the FS range

original keys can be had from these two here in the states

https://www.triple-c.com/Original_Wilmot_Breeden_Keys.cfm

http://www.britishcarkeys.com/

Carroll


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pfg49 Gold Member Peter Gascoigne
Southampton, UK   GBR
No Carroll, only two keys, ignition, doors and rear hatch as per left key in your picture. Glove box key the same as the right key. Mind, it might have been any shape in the day, my originals are like your picture, Bruce's are two T shape, but definitely only two keys.


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emgeec69 Gold Member Carroll Phillips
middletown, NY, USA   USA
Thanks for the feedback guys , I just need to order the trunk key and Im done on keys.

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pfg49 Gold Member Peter Gascoigne
Southampton, UK   GBR
Carroll,

Just out of interest, why do you have a picture of what appears to be the back of a rusty Series 2 XKE on an MG forum?devil smiley


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kirks-auto Platinum Member Robert Kirk
Davenport, IA, USA   USA
I'll personally vouch for Triple C and its owner, FWIW.



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emgeec69 Gold Member Carroll Phillips
middletown, NY, USA   USA
there you go Peter, my rusty MGC GT !
also have a 69 C roadster which will be restored after the 65 BJ8 Healey
then the 70 XKE OTS
then the73 MGB
then 51 MGTD
then the 60 MGA
then my 76 BMW R75/6

but of course I always say that............customers come first, really need to take some me time in the shop.

thanks for reminding me : )

Carroll

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