We are not licensed by BMW to reproduce the BMW logo and none of the keyrings listed here for sale in this website shop feature BMW keyfob badges with the BMW logo which have been made by us.
The keyrings in this listing have original vintage badges which date from the late 1960s or early 1970s.
We have very recently received these superb original BMW keyfob badges which were produced in the late 1960s or early 1970s.
We are offering the badges remounted onto genuine pigskin leather keyfobs in tan pigskin & black pigskin as can be seen in the photos .
The badges are new old stock and have never been issued and are in nickel plate with vitreous enamel.
In the late 1960s the vitreous enamel was hand laid and the badges are as fresh as the day they were fired in the kiln – after 50 years in storage !
In the late 1960s most automotive keyrings for British & European cars ( including BMW ) were made in England by just a few manufacturers – of which Melsom Products Ltd of Birmingham had become the largest with the demise of Castles Unit Development Co ( CUD ) of Leicester.
BMW motor cars were still relatively rare on UK roads at that time with the result that very few BMW keyrings were made at the time ( BMW themselves did not have their own keyrings made until much later )
These badges were made in Walsall England by Heath, Machin and Co. who were keyring manufacturers in their own right and also made leather keyfobs for Melsom Products Ltd – mounting Melsom’s own badges onto leather keyfobs.
Heath Machin & Co. was bought by new owners in the early 1970s and continued to make small leather goods until the 1990s.
We are offering the badges mounted onto our teardrop, slimline teardrop & classic rectangular keyfobs in genuine pigskin in a choice of black or tan ( London tan ) colour.
Pigskin leather was ( and is ! ) a luxurious leather which was occasionally used for keyfobs in the 1960s – usually for prestige cars.
It was always expensive and was prized for it’s appearance and hard wearing durability which was ideal for keyfobs which receive a lot of handling.
Pigskin leather seems to be a thing of the past and no longer available in the grade needed for making keyfobs – the material which we use was sourced from a closed Midlands factory which had been using it for covering hip flasks and making wallets – and keyfobs- quite some time ago.
These keyrings really are superb and are correct for use with any 1960s or 1970s BMW motor car – or could be used as a ‘retro’ keyring in a much later car as the BMW logo has changed very little over the years.
When all of these badges have been mounted and sold we will sadly have to remove this listing.
Our customer Clem in Canada purchased a 1971 BMW 2002 back in 1974 and has owned the car ever since.
At that time he also bought a BMW keyring to use with the car from a car dealership . The car is now being comprehensively restored and the keyring also needed restoring as the enamel badge had become worn & damaged and the leather fob had long since disappeared.
Rather than go to all that trouble – Clem decided to order a couple of these original badges which looked almost identical and had them mounted onto teardrop keyfobs in London tan & Navy blue leather.
Clem sent us the photo above of his new keyrings with both sets of his BMW 2002 keys now attached.
Thanks for your kind permission to use the photo, Clem.