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Windup Key for your car

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At first glance, I thought this was for real. In fact, I was kinda excited into learning how the heck they got a windup VW Beetle to work. Upon further investigation, however, it turned out that the Windup Key is a faux. It’s just a simple attachment for your car. The Windup Key comes in two shapes: circular or oval. Similarly, you can opt for your key to be free spinning (which spins freely in the wind), non-spinning, or motorized — using a 12V motor allowing 30 revolutions a minute. All models come powder coated in “sparkling silver” and consists of two pieces, allowing you to remove the key for, say, car washes. Optional colors and finishes are available. Installation requires an hour of time, a few drilling, and some screwing.

The Windup Key is compatible with most “cute” cars, including the Scion xB, PT Cruiser, and New Beetle. Pricing starts at $100 with the standard powder coat finish. Prices depend on your car’s make. Optional colors and finishes start at an additional $5.

Edit (3/28/08) - Sorry, I got the pricing mixed up. Fixed. Must admit, their ordering process isn’t that user friendly.


It is kinda funny. Can you imagine all the questions you’ll you get from other drivers?


Via: Autoblog


  1. lindy2468
    Posted May 3, 2008 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    Where can i order one of these?

  2. marty
    Posted May 20, 2008 at 2:39 am | Permalink

    have a 1968 volkswagen beetal, am interersted in a Motorized model

  3. billy
    Posted November 8, 2008 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

    where do you get the key

  4. leroy
    Posted November 23, 2008 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    hi! where can i buy one of those?

  5. Posted November 23, 2008 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    You can buy it at

    I’ve already linked to it in the post, in case you missed it.

  6. jonny walker
    Posted August 18, 2010 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    can anyone post the installation instructions for this?

  7. Jon Jewett
    Posted November 21, 2010 at 7:24 am | Permalink

    Expect it to take about 8 months or so. And apparantly if after 6 months, you email him to ask for a status because his website hasn’t been updated, he ignores your email and shoves your order back so you have to wait longer. Our order went from key & base being completed back to being welded.

  8. Stan Koyama
    Posted September 2, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    I’m 59 years old. As a kid, I remember LAUGHING my head off when I saw my first Beetle with a wind up key. It was love at first sight. Someday, I hope to have a 2010 convertible. The first thing I’m gonna order is a wind up key!

    Posted June 19, 2012 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    hey mark….gimme a call my friend……i’m fixin’ to finish this short bus…….(i sent pix to you quite a while ago….. .

    please call me at 910 736 1533 anytime……
    or email me with your phone number as well as a convenient time for me to call you……
    i’ve got a couple questions…and then we can move forward…. thanks for your patience brother…..
    can’t wait to talk to ya again…..

    kenny cruise….
    lumberton n.c.

  10. Ray freitas
    Posted October 4, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Permalink


  11. Beverly Layne
    Posted December 28, 2012 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    I am looking to buy a wind up key for the volks wagon beetle, but cannot find a stor near the zip cod 48180. Any help with this would be greatly helpful. Thank you for any and all consideration

  12. Diana Castillo
    Posted March 2, 2014 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    I’m interested in your wind up key for my beetl. Please send me a catalogue with prices. If for some reason you need to contact me, please do so at 325 207 4019 Thanks

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