Keys and Where to Get Them


Created: 11/22/2004

Last updated: 1/15/2006


Author/source: DML/James Espey


Key Blanks: 

All Ignition   OEM Style - 109100 Repro DMC logo Key - available from full service vendors
                      Generic - Curtis BL-5 or Ilco X29

Early Doors (VIN below 4200) OEM Lighted Style No Longer Available

                      Generic - Curtis BL-1 or Ilco X169. 

 

Late Doors  (VIN Above 4200) OEM Style 109100 Repro DMC logo Key - available from full service vendors

                     Generic - Curtis BL-5 or Ilco X29

 


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Left to right - Original Lighted Door Key, Production Ignition Key 109100, Later style lighted ignition/door key


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Left - Early style door lock - uses lighted key

Right - later style door lock used with single-key system. 


More details:

All DeLoreans use the same ignition key - part number 109100 - reproduction
molded head key blanks are available from all the full-service vendors for
about $13 each. The ignition key is the same key that is used on the locking
gas cap (if fitted to your car) and the locking compartment behind the
driver's seat. The DeLorean glove box was never fitted with a lock from the
factory. Generic key blanks (Curtis Industries BL-5 or Ilco X29) can also be
used.

If possible, try and have the key cut from the key code, you may have to do
some research to find both the code and a locksmith in your area who can cut
from the code. On VIN's LATER than 4200, the key code will *probably* be
written underneath the drivers side headliner. It will be a 4 digit number
starting with a seven, and possibly prefixed with a "K", as in "K7093". If
your car is VIN4201 or higher, your ignition key should also match your doors.  If
your car doesn't have anything written under the door headliners, call DMC
(Texas), they have a incomplete list of VIN and keycodes. If you cannot
locate a key code for your car, you will have to employ the services of a
locksmith to get anything other than a "copy" of your existing key. In the
unhappy event that you have lost your keys, and do not have or cannot get
the code for your car, a trip to a locksmith is definitely in your future.

Two different style of door locks were used on the DeLorean. They can be
identified by their exterior appearance. Early style locks are all black in
appearance, and the later style locks are have a black ring around the
center silver circle where the key is inserted. These later style locks use
the 109100 ignition key described above, hence the description "one-key"
system. If it does not work in your ignition, odds are that your door locks
were changed at some point and were not keyed to match your ignition. They
can be rekeyed to match your ignition by a competent locksmith. If you are
unable to locate a locksmith to do this, contact your full-service vendor.
They usually have a locksmith they deal with and can arrange to have the
work done for you.

If you have the early style (two key, one for doors and a different one for
the ignition) locks, your original door key contained a little lightbulb and
battery. There are no more known stocks of ORIGINAL key blanks for these
locks, though you should contact your full-service vendor in the event that
reproductions become available. Generic key blanks (Curtis Industries BL-1
or Ilco X169) can also be used.

Again, if possible, try and have the key cut from the key code, you may have
to do some research to find both the code and a locksmith in your area who
can cut from the code. On VIN's PRIOR to 4200, the key code will *probably*
be written underneath the drivers side headliner. It will be a 4 digit
number starting with a three or five, and possibly prefixed with the letters
"WR", as in "WR5004". THIS IS NOT THE CODE FOR YOUR IGNITION. Instances of
the key code for the ignition being written under the headliners of a a
pre-4201 VIN are few and far between. If your car doesn't have anything
written under the door headliners, call DMC (Texas), they have a incomplete
list of VIN and keycodes. If you cannot locate a key code for your car, you
will have to employ the services of a locksmith to get anything other than a
"copy" of your existing key. There are also known instances where the locks
were changed on a car after it left factory, meaning that the code written
under the headliners will no longer be correct.

In the unhappy event that you have lost your keys, and do not have or
cannot get the code for your car, a trip to a locksmith is definitely in
your future. If your early style door locks are damaged, odds are that
your local locksmith will NOT be able to repair them. Also, removing the
early style locks usually breaks the plastic clip that holds them in
place, and this clip is no longer available. Unless you are dealing with
a concours car, consider upgrading to the later style locks and having
them keyed to your ignition key. This is a relatively simple DIY
(do-it-yourself) task that can be accomplished in a few hours Contact
your full-service vendor for details on this option (at this writing
about $110 for the parts/keying to match your ignition).
 



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