Original Vintage & Restored Leather Keyrings for Classic Cars & Motorcycles


Lotus – original 1960s vitreous enamel on gilt badge remounted onto a new leather keyfob

NOW SOLD – sorry this keyring has now been sold and can no longer be ordered

An original Lotus keyfob badge which will have been produced in the 1960s which we have remounted onto a new leather keyfob as can be seen in the photos.

We have just this one keyring to offer with this badge – when this keyring has been sold this listing will be cancelled.

A very early Lotus vitreous enamel on gilt keyfob badge which dates from the 1960s which we have remounted onto a new keyfob in full grain black leather .

The badge is in really excellent condition with solid yellow & translucent green vitreous enamel – this is only the 3rd or 4th early gilt badge which we have ever listed over the years and is by far the best example .

The last example of this badge ( also remounted onto a new leather keyfob like this one ) was listed & sold in November 2022 .

In the 1960s the badges were made in relatively small batches and the enamel was individually hand laid – the enamel on this badge still has that lustrous shine which it would have had when first fired.

The bright gilt plating on the badge has mellowed to give a most attractive soft ‘antique gold’ finish which is a process which takes place over the years with these 50 year old gilt plated badges .

As can be seen we have fitted a splitring in a similar finish to match the mellow plating on the badge .

The very earliest Lotus keyrings ever produced did not have a badge at all – they were simply black leather keyfobs with the details & Wymondham address embossed onto the leather keyfob .

We have only ever seen just two examples of these .

Lotus then had keyrings produced with the badge design in this listing in both nickel & gilt plated finish – probably not many were produced as the badges and keyrings are rare .

This badge will be original & date correct for use with 1957 -1968 Lotus Seven,  1958 – 1963 Lotus Elite, early 1962 – 1971 Lotus Elan and possibly also early 1967 -1971 Lotus Europa .

The keyring in the photos is the actual one that you will receive. SMOSO  00/541    05/24