- 03/08/2016The Sexiest Vee-Dub you never heard of.
The SP2 - built in Brasil - the SP was a tip of the Sao Paolo main VW factory location. Built 1972-76, nearly 10,000 were produced - few were ever exported. While common in Brasil - they are nearly unheard of the world over, even many VeeWee fanatics have never heard of one, much less seen one. Bringing up the rear is the familiar VW flat air-cooled four cylinder, pushed to a mild increase to 1678 ccs and 'boasting' 70 hp.
Billed as a 'sporty' car - it only had room for two; but it was 'sporty' in the way that the Karmann Ghia was - not a high speed barnstormer, just a nice alternative to the 70's era land yachts that had acres of hood and nearly 20 feet in over length.
Sitting on the same chasis and suspension as the VW Bug, high-performance was not the realm of the aero coupe. While the flow of the car does give a sleeker, smoother line to it, it is by no means helping you in the airstream slipshots, there is just not enough horsepower to make the aerodynamics matter.
Still a snappy alternative to a high priced Porsche of the 912 time, and all of those suspension parts of the era will bolt right over. When I get to Brasil - this is on the list of things to find and see.
Comments03/08/2016 #5 Leckey HarrisonI see stuff like this and I'm reminded of how very small my existence is, even in a place like the US. Car companies, as well as others, make things in other countries that will come into and pass out of existence without my ever knowing. Even in this day and age of the internet. That's the way it's always been. It helps me realize that the universe we exist in is quite huge, our living potential is similarly sized, and how much of that am I filling?