• Mar 28th 2008 at 9:31AM
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The March Men's Vogue recently asked if the Smart fortwo is manly enough, and while we're not exactly lining up to buy one, we also wouldn't rip a friend (too much) for picking up the fuel-sipping two-seater. If our pal's fortwo had a Windup Key, however, all bets are off, and a Charley Horse or three may be in order. The Windup Key is a 22-by-10 inch faux windup key made of powder-coated 6061 aluminum, and it can be customized with different shapes, colors or even chrome coating. If you really want to attract stamp collectors, Star Trek fans and adults with authentic Lord of the Rings costumes, opt for the 12v motor, which makes the Windup Key actually spin when the vehicle is in motion.
The Windup Key is also compatible with the Scion xB, PT Cruiser, New Beetle (shown), and MINI Cooper, among other cute-mobiles, and prices start around $100. Amazingly, the Windup Key is currently on back-order, which means there is actually demand for these ridiculous little gadgets. The sad thing is that while Virginia wants to ban Truck Nuts, the testosterone-free Windup Key will likely be accepted with open arms.



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      • 7 Years Ago
      For all the people that make fun of small cars this could go a long way to saying "who cares what you think?".
      • 7 Years Ago
      Thats just stupid.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I dunno; it looks pretty flimsy. Just think of the money you will save on gas by being able to wind up the motor!
      • 7 Years Ago
      It won't work on my MINI Convertible because the tail gate drops down (not a hatch)

      I couldn't bring my self to drill a hole in it anyway.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The wind-up key was popular in the 50s when the original VW Beetle was first imported. The more things change...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Dear God..
      • 7 Years Ago
      There is no limit to human stupidity.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Crazy, who would pay $100 for something that should be OEM.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The guy that produces these does autocross locally, so I have to give him credit for that, and he just picked up a Beck Spyder (porsche spyder replica) so he is certainly doing something right.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Where do you get these wind up things?
      • 7 Years Ago
      This would have been great on my '87 Sprint, but not for 10% of the purchase price of the car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The "PT Cruiser" demo will eat them up. There hasn't been a JC Whitney accessory that they won't buy.
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