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Porsche 914


1974 - 1976

Porsche 914 & 914/6

Deposit Box: 1970 - 1972

Porsche 914 Center Console Gauge Clusters

Center Stage

Many 1973-1976 Porsche 914 models were purchased with the optional "Appearance Group" which included a center console. This console housed three 60 mm VDO gauges unique to the Porsche 914: a clock, an oil temperature gauge and a voltage gauge. Although many other Porsche and VW vehicles offered similar console packages, the VDO gauges used in those cars are smaller, 52 mm units (with slightly different facias) that will not fit the Porsche 914 center console without modification. The 60 mm 914 console gauges are no longer produced by VDO or any other company.

As with the dashboard gauges, the 1973 Porsche 914 console gauges are slightly different than the later units. With the exception of the 1973 model year clock, all center console gauges are sealed units, with the mechanisms accessible only by prying off the molded steel bezel ring. Problems common to these gauges are needle fading, bezel ring rusting and lens fogging.

Current eBay listings for Porsche 914 center consoles (compare listed gauges with those pictured on this page to ensure authenticity and model year utilization):

Porsche 914 Center Consoles on eBAY

1973 Porsche 914 Center Console Gauges

The 1973 Porsche 914 center console gauges are distinguished from the 1974-1976 units by the alternate VDO clock used, and the differently calibrated (and therefore displayed) temperature gauge scale. These variances are described in detail on the individual console gauge pages accessible via buttons on the left.

1974 - 1976 Porsche 914 Center Console Gauges

The VDO gauges used in the 1974-1976 Porsche 914 center console include a clock that is more accurate but also more prone to failure. The voltage gauge remained constant throughout the existence of the three-gauge center console.

1970 - 1972 Porsche 914 and 914/6 "Deposit Box" Console

Porsche 914/6 production ended in 1972, so the optional three gauge console (introduced in 1973) was never offered in this model. Porsche 914/6 and 1970 - 1972 Porsche 914 cars may contain an optional "deposit box" center console which provides additional storage and fits under the dashboard. This unit, pictured at right, contained no gauges.