Owning a vintage Land Rover Defender isn’t for the faint of heart. The overlanding icon is visceral, barren of any luxuries or creature comforts and requires patience to drive daily. With that said, they make for a great blank canvas when it comes to adding personal touches and those who own them know it’s worth putting in the extra love and upgrading the classic workhorse. One such upgrade? The ignition key and the LA-based automotive design group Formawerx has you covered.
Of all the aftermarket parts you can bolt on to a Defender — better suspension, a roof rack, light bars, winches — leveling up from the OEM ignition key can seem a bit obscure, but the attention to detail in a Formawerx key is an execution of industrial design worthy of framing. Each key is precision milled from industrial-grade stainless 303 steel in the USA, comes in a machined or polished finish and will finally rid you of the chunky rubber eyesore the factory gave your Defender 90, 110, or 130. Formawerx will also mill keys for the Porsche 914, 912 and the 930, 964, and 993 model 911s.
What will a Formawerx key set you back? That’ll be $250+, which is a massive ask just for a spare key, especially since you can get a copy of your key cut at any locksmith for $2.50. But, if you want to spare no expense and pore over every detail of your vintage baby on a daily basis, Formawerx keys are worth a look.
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