Thanks for all the interest guys.
I thought it probably would fit OK. The coin recess appears narrower to accommodate the platform that holds the switches. If I did go that way I'd need to mount two more switches either side of the existing centre one. Cutouts shouldn't be a big problem.
Yes Kim, I've had a talk to my preferred motor trimmer about an interior colour change, so not too concerned with the colour of any replacement internal items.
Reason for the original question?
I'm just considering options for installing a double-DIN multi-function header unit into the centre console.
The easiest approach would be to mount the header unit in place of the radio and ashtray, but I'd much prefer to have it up high. I'm using a universal double-DIN mounting cage to test for space, and even down low it's a tight squeeze. Still, plenty of W126 owners have done it.
I've had both centre console panels off a few times so I know what the score is there. Yes ColouredKola, from memory I think the first time I removed the panels was with guidance from Kent Bergsma. He really does have some great videos.
One thing I'm worried about at the moment is how movable are the batch of climate controls? I have a Gen 1 380SE and I seem to recall that the climate control buttons and wheels may be mounted on a carrier that's bolted in place. To be honest I just never took a lot of notice of that aspect last time I had the panel off. I'm constrained with a bandaged hand at the moment so a closer inspection will have to wait a few days at least.
If necessary I'm prepared to make a completely new centre console panel, possibly out of 8 mm Perspex. That and all the "wood" bits in the car can be Hydro dipped to a matching wood pattern. There is even a Burlwood pattern available. For anyone not familiar with Hydro dipping, below is an old style 1938 Buick dash being treated with a Burlwood pattern. I saw a similar thing in the flesh recently where a local dipper had beautifully matched some replacement trim in an immaculate Bentley. What a lot of people don't realise is that you don't have to pay a professional dipping shop big bucks. You can do Hydro dipping yourself and a massive range of patterns is available.
Of course I'd welcome any thoughts, suggestions, ideas, etc.