: Cadillac Keys

12-28-08, 09:28 PM
I Have an 89 Brougham and the the gold ignition key was bent when I bought the car. So I've been looking for a replacement set of gold key blanks on eBay. The keys I've seen, if specified, are for the Cadillac front wheel drive models, and there were a few for 70's cars. They all look alike, and one was specified for an A&B keyway. Does anyone know about Cadillac keyways and if the keys are universal through the model lines.

Cadillac Giovanni
12-28-08, 11:34 PM
They look alike, but I do believe they are different. Certain years are the same, between the 70's and the 80's while others aren't.

I got a set of brand new gold keys for my car from here: http://key-men.com/

Not sure if they still have them in stock, however...

12-29-08, 12:29 PM
Go to your dealer . . .

Also try your local locksmith. My guy had been in business for something like 50 years, he had a bunch of old automotive keys.(probably had a million+ keys in that room) stuff like packard blanks, 50's Pontiac blanks with the indian on the key base, and all kinds of gold Cadillac keys:drool:

01-01-09, 10:34 PM
Thank you for your help. I've done a little research and I think the Brougham has a C&D keyway. The ignition key is stamped with a C and the door key has a D (stupid me always thought they stood for Car & Door), but I've found some stamped with A's and B's, and E's and F's. What messed me up was that the only C&D keys I found on eBay were advertised as being specifically for the late 80's SeVille's, DeVille's, and Fleetwood's.

02-07-09, 08:44 PM
Anybody interested in buying a set of Gold Keys, for the C and D keyways? It was cheaper for me to by a set of four blanks, so I'm currently selling a set of 2 blanks oneBay (http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Cadillac-Gold-Key-Blanks_W0QQitemZ140300084252QQcmdZViewItemQQptZMot ors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories?hash=item140300084 252&_trksid=p4506.c0.m245&_trkparms=65%3A2%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318) (item # 140300084252). They're in perfect condition; the picture does not do them justice.

02-07-09, 09:32 PM
Darn. My 81 is B for both door and ignition...

02-09-09, 09:23 PM
ha, know ware I can get a silver pair like those? ware did you find those two?
would not mind getting a pair for my 1988 cadillac brougham D'elegance,
I have two cheap copies, the original keys are far gone.

02-10-09, 08:27 PM
^The 88 should have C and D keys. Even cheap copies should have a letter code; look for an engraving at the end of the shank.

02-10-09, 10:20 PM
well this is what they say one them, the one for the ignition is B50c, and the other key is B51D,
so basically there the C and D keys you speck of. so were did you buy yours? was it the website listed up top (key man) or did you go some were different, key man seems to not have any more of the D keys, and only one of the C keys left. I would like to get both of there's no real point in it. thanks.

02-11-09, 07:58 PM
I purchased these from eBay. I did buy one ignition key from keyblanksales.com (http://www.mysecuritypro.com/), because when I had the key blanks keyed (at ACE hardware) the dusch ruined the ignition key (also up for auction on eBay (http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&_trksid=p3907.m32&_trkparms=tab%3DSelling&item=140300084789&viewitem=)). Somehow, he managed to re-cut my silver GM duplicate and destroyed that as well.

I got my revenge by forcing his manager to pay me double what I paid, and then re-key an ignition key I stole from the ignition of a 76 Fleetwood Talisman, which was horrifically destroyed in a demolition derby in 1997 New Jersey. Even though it seems impossible to re-cut a key and have it work properly, the key works fine and looks better than the GM duplicate as it is engraved with the Cadillac crest on the reverse of the GM logo.

02-11-09, 09:18 PM
well this is what they say one them, the one for the ignition is B50c, and the other key is B51D

My 81 is B for both door and ignition...

Silly me, I only looked at the first letter. My ignition is E, and my door/trunk is H.

02-12-09, 06:32 PM
Found a place that has gold keys for my 81, so I'm going to order two sets. While I'm at it, I will pick up a set for mom. Her original two gold sets are worn. Can anyone confirm the keyway for 84? I'm finding A/B when I search...

425 Dual Quad
02-13-09, 07:22 AM
Keys - Jesslers.com or something like that

02-13-09, 08:18 AM
From what I remember the key blanks were the same every 4 years in the 70s, 80s and early 90s

02-13-09, 08:39 PM
Just ordered my keys. Two sets for me, one set for mom. Her 84 takes an "A" ignition, and they are twice the price becuase they are almost sold out. :(

02-13-09, 09:23 PM
Just ordered my keys. Two sets for me, one set for mom. Her 84 takes an "A" ignition, and they are twice the price becuase they are almost sold out. :(


Curtis Industries (now owned by the Barnes Group) supplies all the key cutting equipment for GM dealers. They also supply all the key stuff for Home Hardware. Check your local store for their Curtis/Barnes representative. He will have access to all of the GM blanks, including the newer resistor blanks.


02-14-09, 12:56 PM
Nice, there is a Home Hardware just up the road. GM doesn't have the Gold keys anymore, though... I think places that have them are just NOS.

02-14-09, 08:35 PM
How much did the new gold keys cost? I got mine on ebay a few years ago.

02-14-09, 09:31 PM
I paid $16 for two each of the E and H, $10 for a B, and $20 for the A.

02-17-09, 07:02 PM
$16 sounds like a pretty good price for 2. I bought a bunch of them for $45 so Id have some spares. Im using a set now and still have the original worn ones that came with the car.
A few years before I got mine they were already hard to find. A friend of mine wanted one and we ended up driving down to NY to get it.

02-20-09, 09:00 PM
Keys have arrived, and they look great:


02-23-09, 09:43 PM

Hey here's a good use for those old Gold Keys, or the ones that get destroyed by potheads who can't run a key machine.

You stick it into pins A & B on your ALDL and pull DTC's.

02-23-09, 10:45 PM
Best code reader EVER! I bet you could sell them on ebay for a decent profit with a little "creative writing" ;)