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Hello Scott,
This is what you have. Your lighted key head is the master. The generic key is neither a master nor valet. That is a third key that Porsche used in an attempt to cheap out on the cost of their secondary locks on later production 911 series cars. The generic key is the funky PO7. It is a mirror image of the master key, meant to unlock only secondary locks that have only 5 tumblers on one side instead of the double row of tumblers (10 total). Yes, Porsche is that cheap, they eliminated 5 tumblers and 5 springs and only included 5 tumblers; also eliminating the valet tumblers as well. Unbelievable but true.

Your keys have the same bitting (cuts) but if neither is working your front trunk or glove lock, then they probably do need to be rekeyed. It is not uncommon for some of the locks to have been replaced in the past. This is something that Porsche recommends to customers especially when keys have been lost or stolen. They will sell the customer an ignition and handles. So, then the owner has keys for the primary locks and mismatched keys or no keys for their secondary locks.

We do not use the PO7 key blanks for this very reason. As you can see, that key will not operate your secondary locks. However, we have seen this before from local locksmiths. Locksmiths will not ask you if you need a master or valet key to operate your locks. They will use the blank they have on hand.
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