Keys on some 1200s in some markets are matched: One key opens all doors as well as operates the ignition. In other markets there is a different key for the ignition. Also there are left-hand and right-hand keys that otherwise look identical.
Also see: Locks
- USA 1971 sedan: 2 different keys
- USA 1971 coupe: single key
- USA 1972-1973: single key
Early 1200 models with optional steering lock used an oval key for the steering column.
VOSS KEY00-00034/VH1000 single-sided
VOSS-type keys (KEY00-00034) were made by Kanto Seiki under license of VOSS of Germany. These were used starting around 1969. The former WASO type (KEY00-00028) were made by Kanto Seiki under license of WASO of Sweden. The only real difference is the length. The VOSS keys are shorter, which means WASO key won't fit in the VOSS cylinder. The longer VOSS keys should never be used in a WASO cylinder, as it may lock the steering incorrectly.
Nissan Motor Keys
All Datsun 1200 used VOSS Double-sided keys with the "Nissan Motor" text and "N" symbol. These fit the dash ignition switch, doors, boot and fuel filler lid locks. Also, later 1200s with steering lock used this key instead of the oval key.
See main article: Ignition Switch
Also see: Key Part Numbers Also see: Locks
KEY00-00055 Key Blank-Master * supersedes 80610-H1001 KEY ASS'Y-with holder Coupe
- KEY00-00035 KEY-BLANK 8110-
B110 USA 80610-H1900 KEY (WITHOUT HOLDER) 80610-H1001 ASSY-KEY [with leather holder]
Japan 80690-E6000 CASE ASSY-KEY [leather case for key]
B210 USA KEY00-00039 KEY-BLANK ST'G LOCK & DOOR
B310 K9810-H9101 KEY SET -0880 99810-H9101 KEY SET 0179- 99810-H9100 KEY SET -1278 KEY00-00039 KEY-BLANK,TYPE L
Nissan keys come in various lengths. The original Datsun 1200 keys were the short length.
- Short: ~31 mm groove length
- 2.0 inch overall
- Original 1200 reversible key length
- Medium: ~38 mm groove length
- 2.4 inch overall
- Used by Datsuns & Nissans 1974-1981, Subaru, and Mazda Cosmo
- Long: ~46 mm groove length
- 2.7 inch overall
Center groove width: 2.3 mm
Outside groove width: about 1.0 mm minimum (some keys have it machined all the way out, that is to say a wider groove)
Right-Handed vs Left-Handed
The reversible key came in left-hand and right-hand versions.
The little groove diagrams below the photos are for the keylock, so they are the reverse of the actual key.
WARNING: The first key is right-handed, while the second is left-handed. Each key comes either way. Be sure to purchase the correct one for your 1200 locks.
Interesting that some 1200s (newer utes?) came with two different keys originally. The 1971-1973 north american models came with single key for ignition, doors and trunk.
Oval Single-Sided Nissan Ignition Key
This is the earlier style for 1968-1971 Datsun, Mazda before the double-sided keys were used. This was used by 1971 USA 1200.
- Nissan: KEY00-00034 (Key-Blank for Voss Type Steering Lock)
- Ilco/Ilco-Kaba: DA20
NOT THIS Waso:
- Waso Type FH
- Taylor: D80K
Short Double-Sided Nissan Key
This was used by 1972-up 1200s for the ignition switch.
- Nissan: KEY00-00035 (Key-Blank for Voss Type)
- Ilco: 62DV
- Dominion/DL/Hook: DT17
- Taylor: X10
- JMA DAT-8
- Silca : DAT 7
- HD Hook : C050
- HD Hook : C50
- Orion : DA12
- Errebi : NS3R
- CEA : NS7
- RST : D131
- CB Hook : 212
- Standard : 212
- Curtis : DA-21
Long Nissan/Subaru Key
Used by Datsuns, Nissans 1974-1981, Subaru, and Mazda Cosmo. This "long" key is not original to the 1200, but works perfectly fine.
Reversible (left) 2.4 inches long
- Taylor 62DU
- Ilco X7
- Nissan M5001
- Taylor X7
- JMA DAT-1D
- Silca : DAT 6R
- HD : DT19
- HD Hook : C052
- HD Hook : C52
- Orion : DA11L
- Errebi : NS2R
- CEA : NS6S
- RST : D151
- RST : D151R
- CB Hook : 214
- DL : DT19
- Curtis : DA-21
NOT this! Reversible (Right, mirror image)
- Nissan M4001
- Taylor X6
- Ilco X6
- JMA DAT-1I
- Silca : DAT 6
- HD : DT18
- HD Hook : C051
- HD Hook : C51
- Orion : DA11
- Errebi : NS2
- CEA : NS6
- RST : C151R
- RST : D151R
- CB Hook : 213
- CB Hook : 215
- DL : DT18
- Curtis : DA-22
- Taylor D80D/D80E/D80F/D80G
- Key Assy (with holder) 80610-H1001
When your key gets worn down too far, making a copy results in a poorly-working new key. Instead, have a new key cut from the original key code.
- In Australia, the key cut number was stamped directly into the original keys
- Additionally, the code may be stamped on the right-side door lock cylinder. Remove the door panel to get at the clip which holds the lock in.
- Not necessarily stamped on left-side door lock, nor trunk/boot lock, nor ignition lock
In USA, the key cut number was penciled onto the inside of the glove box door:
- VF: for VOSS single-side KEY00-00034
- mine is marked "1", possibly to indicate my locks are a single-key system
- VH: for older (pre-Datsun 1200) WASO KEY00-0028
- Eng*/DOOR: 4-digit key code
- In the range of (M)5001-(M)6000 (or N) for reversible KEY00-00035/KEY00-00055
- range 4001-5000 is for mirror image keys (non-Datsun 1200)
WASO Oval Keys
- KEY00-00201 non-centered grooves
- Mirror of 00202
- KEY00-00202 non-centered grooves
- KEY00-00203 centered groove
- KEY00-00204 centered groove
- Mirror of 00204