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1973




1974 - 1976



Porsche 914 Oil Temperature Gauges
(Center Console)

A Hot Item

Concurrent with the introduction of the 2.0 liter four-cylinder Porsche 914 models in 1973 was an optional three-gauge center console (part of the "Appearance Group"). This console contained a clock, an oil temperature gauge and a voltage gauge. Although many subsequent Porsche and VW models offered similar console and gauge packages, the VDO units used in the Porsche 914 cars are a unique 60 mm size. Subsequently, the more common, smaller 52 mm gauges from the later Porsche and VW vehicles will not fit the 914 center console without modification and they are styled differently. The 60 mm units used in the Porsche 914 console are no longer produced by VDO or any other company.

As with the dashboard gauges, the 1973 console gauges are slightly different than later versions. As described below, the oil temperature scale on the temp gauge contained in the 1973 center consoles mirrors the differences to the "Temp" portion of the combo gauge. The center console temp gauges are sealed units with glass lenses; the mechanisms and gauge faces are accessible only by prying off the molded steel bezel ring. Problems common to the Porsche 914 temp gauges are needle fading, bezel ring rusting and lens fogging.

All Porsche 914/6 cars were equipped with a fuel level / oil temperature combination gauge in the dash cluster, so the fact that the optional three gauge console (with the temp gauge) was not introduced until after 914/6 production ended is inconsequential.

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

Porsche 914 Center Console Temp Gauges on eBAY

1973 Porsche 914 Temp Gauges

The 1973 Porsche 914 oil temperature gauge, part number 914 641 118 20, has a  scale with a large red alert area, but it is totally unmarked. Assuming that this scale mirrors that of the 1973 2.0 combo gauges, the range begins at 60 degrees Celsius; the redline begins at 156.7 degrees Celsius (it's a Porsche gauge, so it is exact), and terminates at 200 degrees Celsius (your engine may be on fire at this temperature).

1974 - 1976  Porsche 914 Temp Gauges

The 1974-1976 Porsche 914 temp gauge, part number 914 641 118 30, has an unmarked scale with a smaller red alert area. Assuming that this scale mirrors that of the 1974-1976 2.0 combo gauges, the range begins at 30 degrees Celsius, and the redline, still beginning at 156.7 degrees Celsius, has shrunk and terminates at 170 degrees Celsius (at which point your engine would be seized, but not in flames).