Sunday, May 6, 2018

Idiosyncrasy: Saving the Volvo Keys, Even After the Cars are Gone

Photos by Salt Water New England
Some would rather keep their past Volvos, but the situation may be slightly ameliorated by just the keys.

19th Century Staffordshire Whippets and Volvo Keys (perhaps the first time this caption has been written.)

12 comments:

  1. Cars are our partners in life - so natural to want to keep something of. When we get to robot cars they will be a member of the family! Hal anyone?

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  2. I still have a key to my first "big" motorcycle (a Honda 350) bought for my 16th birthday, and my first new car - a 1974 Karmann Ghia, bought new when a senior in high school. I also still have a key to my "ensign mobile" - the car one buys to celebrate receiving his or her Navy commission. That was a 1978 VW Scirocco. I was into VWs for a number of years.

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    1. Had a blue 78 Scirocco with a blue/green tartan-ish interior. One of the fuel injection lines sprayed atomized petrol on the hot exhaust and burned that poor car to the ground. They were fun cars.

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    2. A Scirocco! Now there’s a name I haven’t seen for a few years!

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    3. I always thought the Karmann Ghia was the ultimate college professor's car, although to be honest, the ones I liked best drove VW fastbacks and still wore hats.

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  3. My husband’s S90 key matches the leather seats. I think Volvo has jumped the shark.

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  4. I have a key to a 1967 Ford Mustang I bought second hand as a high school student. It was totaled when I had a blow-out and hit a Live Oak tree near Port Arthur, TX in 1976. I walked away from the wreck without a scratch. I refuse to by XYZ tires to this day. ( The tires were 2 weeks old. )

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  5. Still have my key from my '73 240 Volvo. Great memories .

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  6. I still have the keys to my 1986 Volvo 240DL sedan and the car!! I love my Volvo and it also has many wonderful memories. Lisa

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    1. Wish we still had ours! Miss that car! PA

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  7. Just a general heads up about newer cars and their keys. I was given a 2001 Mazda 626 by a frustrated gentleman who couldn't get it to run. This car looked and drove like almost new (not anything great, but hey). Nothing he did worked. He had the car's key cut at one of those machines, and it was missing the tiny chip inside. His wife had the only OEM key, but he never tried to use it. When I discovered the problem, I presented the car back to him, but with the correct type key. Didn't tell him that's all it took, and to this day he is convinced I am a mechanical genius.

    My current Volvo only came with one key, and the backup was very expensive to buy and have programmed to the car.

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  8. I've often thought the Volvo "switch-blade" style keys of the mid 2000's (second from the right in the above pictures) resembled the profile of a Volvo car. The bottom (end towards the camera) looks like the back end of a car whereas the top looks like the front end. They even have the broad stance and "shoulders" along the side as do the cars.

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