Original vintage and restored leather keyrings
for classic cars and motorcycles

Alvis - original vintage late 1950s torpedo keyring by CUD - collector's item

Sorry this keyring has now been sold and can no longer be ordered but has been left on view as an example of an original Alvis keyring.

This keyring is original & correct for use with any of the later 1950s and early 1960s Alvis motor cars ( TD21 or TE/TF21 ) – or indeed with an earlier model as owners tended to buy these keyrings to use with earlier cars as keyrings started to become available from the mid 1950s onwards. Prior to that the car would be used without a keyring.

This keyring is in excellent condition and is almost 60 years old .

The translucent red vitreous enamel on the red triangle badge looks as if it has just been fired fresh from the furnace and the keyfob is in virtually mint condition with good tight stitching.

The badge is attached to the keyfob by means of two opposed brass lugs which are inserted within the keyfob- this is how CUD always attached these surface mounted badges.

As a result the badge ‘wobbles’ about to a degree – but is safely mounted for normal careful use.

The keyring was made by Castles Unit Developments of Leicester.

Castles were the original & only manufacturers of torpedo shaped keyrings ( so prized by collectors today )

Their torpedo keyring very quickly went out of fashion in the late 1960s when keyrings as we know them today were introduced.

Castles seem to have disappeared very quickly at about that time.

The keyring in the photos is the actual one which you will receive.

When it has been sold then this listing will cancel.  59/98        05/20