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1973 Volkswagen VW SP2

Vehicle Story

Here's a VW you rarely see in the U.S. In the 1970s, the Brazilian market was closed for imports. The only sports car officially made there was the aging (and by then retired) Volkswagen Karmann Ghia, and its successor, the Karmann Ghia TC. Only independent car makers were able to fill the gap, notably Puma, Santa Matilde and Miura.

"Project X"

The Volkswagen subsidiary in Brazil always had some degree of independence from Wolfsburg, so in 1969 they decided to start a new project of their own. A team led by Mr. Schiemann and supported by Rudolf Leiding (the CEO of the subsidiary and later of the entire company), along with his wife Helga Leiding and the designer of the SP2, Marcio Piancastelli, started work on a project they called "Project X".

They presented a prototype in 1971, but it would take another year before the car reached production


The SP2 was built on the frame of a Variant, with the same Volkswagen air-cooled engine, but upgraded to 1,700 cc.

It developed 75 hp (56 kW), propelling the car from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in around 16 seconds according to period tests and to a top speed of 160 km/h (100 mph). Fuel economy is 10 L/100 km (28 mpg; 24 mpg us.)

When the car was presented, it quickly drew media attention, with its many improvements over the local "air cooled" VW line, an impressive interior, its many extra features and its superb finishing. The name officially stands for "Sao Paolo", but locals gave it the nickname “Sem Potência”, which is Portuguese for “without power”.

  • Year 1973
  • Make Volkswagen
  • Model VW SP2
  • Mileage 104500 km
  • Exterior Color Amarelo Caju
  • Interior Color Black
Would I consider selling it?
Yes, if the price is right