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marksgerman914 07-31-2002 10:30 PM

original keys
My 74 914 2.0 has a red key for the doors and trunk. But has a v.w. key with a black circle head with vw in the center. Are these the correct keys? Also it originaly had a leather storage pouch attached to the keys. I beleve it was red. Does anyone have one of the pouches?

mejulihn 08-01-2002 07:01 AM

Originally, the red key would have been a "valet" key and only keyed to the ignition. A nearly-identical black key was keyed to the ignition, doors, glove box and both trunks. I think they were Porsche key blanks and not VW.

maf 914 08-01-2002 08:56 AM

That is correct, the original keys were Porsche black and red (valet). Key blanks are still available if you want to have some made.


rockaria 08-01-2002 09:17 AM

My 75 1.8 had the exact same key situation. I noticed that the VW key is Different from the Porsche key totally ( I could not buy a Porsche key and cut it, and the doors would not fit the VW key). I know the PO replaced the ignition switch tumbler. So I assume he bought a cheap VW one that would fit for that year.

I know the 75-76 Steering hub was a direct change with the 924 and a VW, maybe they came with two keys? I doublt it. My solution was to install a 1972 914 Steering hub ($40 used - Tumbler hub switches and everything) with tumbler and Porsche key (Direct swap if you do not have intermintant wipers), and then re-arrange the Door, Trunk, andall tumblers to match the new ignition key, then I had 3 black and 2 red Porsche keys cut.

Now my car has 1 Porsche key that works great on everything. My wife has a key and there are keys in the safe for when I need them.

I hope this helps,

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