Original Vintage & Restored Leather Keyrings for Classic Cars & Motorcycles


Lotus – original vintage new old stock 1980s? early Manhattan Products keyring with Lotus-yellow enamel & black leather keyfob – collector’s item


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An original new old stock Lotus keyring which we would think will have been produced in the 1980s .

We have just this one keyring in this new old stock condition with this Lotus-yellow enamel & black leather keyfob to offer – when this keyring has been sold this listing will be cancelled .

These Manhattan Products ( which was in the process of becoming Manhattan Windsor )  Lotus keyrings had quite a long period of production  – probably from the 1980s into the early 2000s.

This particular example is mounted onto a display card printed with an early  Manhattan Windsor  M over W logo – so we would think that it dates from the late 1980s .

Keyrings produced later on in the 1990s and early 2000s usually came mounted onto a display card printed with Manhattan Windsor’s later details and were then finally supplied mounted onto plain display cards.

This keyring is in new old stock condition with a vitreous enamel badge mounted onto a genuine full grain black leather keyfob gold embossed ‘ TOP GRAIN LEATHER ‘ .

The vitreous enamelling is in green and the lemon yellow which Lotus used for their badges .

This is the only example of one of these keyrings which we have ever seen in this lemon yellow – all of the others which we have listed in the past ( and 2 examples currently listed unless now sold ) have been in an ‘ egg yolk ‘ yellow enamel colour .

We believe this keyring to be a very rare item .

Of particular interest as well as the Lotus-yellow enamel is that the badge itself has LOTUS depicted in the early wide font which was used for Lotus keyring badges in the 1960s .

We have listed quite a few Lotus keyrings ( produced before Manhattan Products & Manhattan Windsor came into existence ) with this early wide font badge – all of which can be dated to the 1960s and simply have ‘ MADE IN ENGLAND’ marked on the reverse of the badges .

When this keyring was produced :- Manhattan Products were not in full production and were just becoming ‘ Manhattan Windsor ‘ so they must have taken over a badge die from a previous badge manufacturer in order to produce the badge on the keyring in this listing .

Obviously they then replaced it with a badge die of their own at a later stage.

Manhattan Products details are marked on the back of the badge –  the crown with M & P either side standing for ‘ Manhattan Products ‘ + MADE IN ENGLAND .

The keyring is still mounted onto it’s original display card as already mentioned and within a cellophane sleeve .

Cellophane tends to go brittle with age and the cellophane sleeve has become damaged when we opened it to inspect & photograph the keyring

Manhattan Windsor as Manhattan Products became have now sadly been closed for many years – they were the best known British manufacturer of top quality automotive keyrings from the 1970s onwards and their products were exported all over the world .

The quality of their leather automotive keyrings has never been equalled before or since .

Superb quality British made keyrings the like of which we will probably never see again .

The keyring in the photos is the actual one which you will receive – a superb keyring for use with any 1980s Lotus car .