CAR OF 1972 VOLK­SWA­GEN SP2

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The SP2 was one of the more con­vinc­ing, dis­tinc­tive ef­forts to build a sporty VW. When Brazil­ian pro­duc­tion of the Kar­mann Ghia came to an end in 1972, bored lo­cal de­sign­ers doo­dled an un­of­fi­cial suc­ces­sor, which was then deemed wor­thy of pro­duc­tion. Hobby mag­a­zine dubbed it ‘ The Most Beau­ti­ful Volk­swa­gen in the World’. Sadly, with just two en­gines of 1584cc (the 65bhp SP1) and 1678cc (the 75bhp SP2), the cars were sheep in wolf’s cloth­ing. Nev­er­the­less, they could reach 100mph. Just about. The nick­name ‘Sem Potên­cia’ (‘With­out Power’) was soon be­stowed on the SP (it re­ally stood for ei­ther ‘Sao Paulo’, VW’s main Brazil­ian fac­tory, or ‘Sport-Pro­to­typ’).

Plans to im­port the car into the USA came to noth­ing – it was too low for US light­ing reg­u­la­tions. Europe got one soli­tary ex­am­ple, but – rather bizarrely – 155 ended up in Nige­ria. Pro­duc­tion, fur­ther hand­i­capped by the fuel cri­sis, ended in 1976, by which time just 10,205 SPs had been built, of which just 88 were SP1s.

Could it have been a hit in Europe?

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